Being involved in an accident with a semi-truck can be complicated. If you’re on an interstate highway, then multiple federal and state laws could apply to your case. To get the best advice and representation, use these tips to hire a truck accident lawyer.
Hire Attorney in Accident Location
Look for a lawyer from the area where the accident took place if you’re from another state or city. There will be federal laws that will apply to the case, but there will probably several state ones as well, so you will want a lawyer familiar with the laws where the accident happened.
Search the state bar association website to find lawyers who specialize in personal injury law. While you’re on the site, search the names you come up with to check if there have been complaints about them before contacting their offices.
When you gather a list of personal accident attorneys, look up their websites to find out their specialty. If they take truck accident cases, it will refer to them on their websites.
Since truck accidents can involve several defendants, depending on the circumstances of the accident, so you should consider hiring an expert personal injury lawyer.
Doing some research should quickly narrow your list of prospective attorneys. Once you have the list down to three to five lawyers, call each office to schedule a consultation in person or over the phone.
If you’re from out of the area, explain the circumstances and most lawyers’ offices will be glad to schedule consultations over the telephone with you. After speaking with you, an attorney should be able to tell you whether you have a case or not.
Ask About Court Experience
A good truck accident lawyer will have some courtroom experience because not all cases settle out of court. Ask about how many of their cases go to court if they try them or refer clients to another litigator and ask about their win/loss record.
A good attorney won’t mind these questions and will be honest with their answers. There are websites on which you can quickly search an attorney’s name to find out the number of years of experience they have, along with feedback from former clients, and the type of cases they try.
Refer to Your Lawyer
Once an attorney has taken your case, refer anyone asking about the accident to him or her. An insurance agent or lawyer for the trucking company might try to get you to take a settlement if the accident was the truck driver’s fault.
Even if you’re out of work and desperately need money, don’t engage with them, just refer them to your lawyer. It’s the job of the insurance company, or attorney, to settle for as little as possible. They will try to make it seem like that’s all the money you’ll get when it simply isn’t true.
Being injured in an accident can be very stressful, but once you have an attorney on your side, let them do the work to get the settlement you need to take care of yourself and your responsibilities.
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