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How to Hire a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney

It happens all the time: Traffic is snarled on the 101 in Hollywood, the 110 in Pasadena or I-5 in East Los Angeles because of an accident. A good number of those accidents involve injuries that disturb the life and health of those involved. If you’ve been injured in a Los Angeles car crash, and the other driver is at fault, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. A Los Angeles California traffic accident attorney can represent you and pursue your claim, but it’s important to select the right one.

The process of hiring an attorney may seem difficult if you haven’t done it before. The following article covers how to find the right attorney and the questions you need to ask a Los Angeles car accident attorney.

How to Find a Los Angeles Traffic Accident Attorney

Often, the best recommendations for a Los Angeles car crash attorney come from people you know. Ask your friends or family for a personal recommendation. If someone refers you to an attorney, ask questions about their case, the attorney and whether they were happy with the legal representation.

Attorneys.com is another great resource for finding a Los Angeles car accident attorney. All you need to do is fill out a form on the this website or call 1-877-913-7222. You’ll be asked to answer a few questions, so you get pointed in the right direction, and Attorneys.com will use that information to provide you with the name of at least one personal injury attorney in your area. The attorney will contact you within two business days, or you can call the lawyer yourself.

Consulting with the Attorneys

Next, schedule an initial consultation with each Los Angeles car crash attorney on your list. The consultation, which is usually free, is a meeting between you and an attorney you may hire. At the meeting, you and the attorney share information, evaluate your case and have the chance to ask questions.

To get the most value out of each consultation, you need to prepare. Collect and bring any documents you have about your accident, like the accident and police reports, witness names and medical bills.

It’s equally important to prepare a list of questions to help you evaluate each lawyer, and bring writing materials to record the answers.

What to Look For in a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney

Car crash injuries are covered by an area of law called personal injury, and you need to find an attorney with skill and experience in that area. You’re looking for a Los Angeles traffic accident attorney with certain qualities, including:

  • Experience, so ask about the attorney’s background in personal injury law
  • Knowledge of the court system and the other people who may be involved in your case
  • A fee structure that is reasonable to you. Ask about how the attorney bills for his time as well as costs and expenses.
  • A clear strategy you understand

In addition, you need to make sure the attorney’s skill, manner and answers make you comfortable and confident.

Take thorough notes as the lawyer answers your questions, and ask follow-up questions if necessary. The better your questions and notes, the more you’ll have to help you make a decision later.

Starting to Resolve Your Los Angeles Car Crash

At this point, you’ll have a good amount of information you can use to make a decision. Review your notes and evaluate each attorney, both for his qualifications in personal injury law and how well the attorney fits with your approach.

If you’re stuck, you can ask each attorney to provide client recommendations. Contacting past clients can provide you with the valuable opinion of someone with first-hand experience with the attorney.

Using the answers to your questions, references and your opinion of each, choose the attorney that will fully represent you and your case.

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