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How to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer

If you've been in a car accident lately, you may be worried about any injuries you suffered or damage to your car. But if you weren't at fault for the accident, you might want to look into hiring a car accident lawyer to help fight your case. If you've suffered major injuries or lost property, a lawyer for car accidents can help you.

Finding a Car Accident Lawyer

If you know someone who recently hired a car accident lawyer, you may want to see if he or she would recommend his or her lawyer. If you don't feel comfortable asking for a recommendation, you have come to the right site. Attorneys.com has a service that will connect you with a local car accident lawyer.

You can call 1-877-913-7222 or fill out a short form on this page when you are ready to begin the process. After you have answered some basic questions, we will provide you with contact information for one or more attorneys who handle auto accidents in your area. You can call him or her, or the car accident lawyer will follow up with you within two business days.

Meeting With Car Accident Lawyers

Once you have the names of a few attorneys for auto accidents, or plaintiff's lawyers, you may want to schedule meetings with them. The meetings, or initial consultations may or may not be free, but they will help you learn more about the attorney's skills and whether he or she can handle your case. The consultations are also a good opportunity for the lawyers to learn more about your case.

You will want to prepare before the meetings. Start by making notes about your case. Write down the facts that you have, and then write down any questions you may have for the attorney; you may want to ask about experience, strategy, and billing rates.

Bring your notes, as well as writing materials to your meeting. Making notes during the meeting will help refresh your memory when it comes time to select an attorney.

Remember that everything said in these meetings will be kept confidential, even with the lawyers you do not hire.

How Will Your Car Accident Lawyer Charge You?

Some personal injury lawyers will charge you an hourly rate; other personal injury lawyers will charge a contingency fee. Contingency means that the lawyer will be paid a percentage of your settlement, or any monetary award the court decides on. You owe a contingency fee lawyer nothing if you lose your case.

Selecting a Car Accident Lawyer

After each meeting with a car accident lawyer, you may want to jot down some notes to help you remember the important points. If you do not like a lawyer you have met with, do not feel obligated to hire him or her. Your car accident attorney should be someone you can trust. If you do not think a lawyer has the right skills or you can't afford the lawyer, these are other signs you should not hire the lawyer. If you are trying to decide among a few lawyers, you may want to ask for references. Once you have found a lawyer you can trust, you are ready to hire him or her and begin your personal injury case.

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