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Hiring a Lawyer for a Car Accident

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Hiring a Lawyer for a Car Accident

Hiring a lawyer for a car accident can be a big help. A lawyer can assist in recover losses from the car accident. He can reduce the red tape involved in working with the car insurance company. A lawyer will also offer advice in any potential lawsuits.

What Type of Lawyer Do I Need?

A driver who has been involved in a car crash needs a personal injury lawyer who specializes in car accidents.

When Should I Start Contacting a Lawyer?

You should start looking for a lawyer within two weeks of the car accident. Contacting a lawyer early helps to avoid any mistakes in when:

What Should I Look for in a Lawyer?

Car accident attorneys represent clients on a range of issues such as personal injury law, property damage to determining liability. A driver wants a lawyer who possesses an understanding of state and national transportation laws and:

  • Knows how to work with healthcare and insurance companies
  • Can effectively prepare a lawsuit
  • Has the ability to effectively settle a lawsuit
  • Possesses a proven track record in winning and settling cases

How Do I “Comparison Shop” Lawyers?

Have at least a list of three lawyers. Meet with them all. During the initial consultations, ask questions such as:

  • What experience do you have with car accident cases like mine?
  • What percentage of your work is focused on automobile accidents?
  • What steps would you take to resolve my case?

Take note of their credentials, experience, and reputation. Compare how they rate in those areas. Also, take into consideration comfort level. It is hard to work with an excellent attorney if a client is not comfortable talking to and sharing information with the attorney.

A driver may want to ask a friend or relative to accompany her to each meeting. This provides a second opinion on each lawyer which can be helpful when making a final decision.

Should I Consult a Lawyer before Proceeding with My Car Accident Claim?

Yes. It is helpful to consult a personal injury lawyer before speaking with a car insurance company or the other driver.

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Last Modified: 04-20-2015 05:39 PM PDT

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