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How to Hire a Texas Car Accident Lawyer

When you need to hire a Texas car accident lawyer, you'll want to:

  • Use personal recommendations and trusted resources to identify attorneys who are qualified to handle your case
  • Interview the lawyer to learn more about his or her skills and experience
  • Select the attorney who is the best lawyer (in terms of professional qualifications and personality fit) to handle your case

This article takes you through the steps of hiring an attorney in more detail.

Finding Texas Car Accident Lawyers

To begin the process, ask people you trust if they could recommend a Texas car accident lawyer to handle your case. Someone who's previously hired a personal injury lawyer or works in the legal profession may have firsthand experience working with a local auto accident lawyer. These personal recommendations can be invaluable.

If you're unable to obtain a personal referral or if you want the names of an additional lawyer, you've come to the right place. Attorneys.com offers a service that can put you in touch with a Texas auto accident attorney in your area. To get started, simply complete the form on this site or call 1-877-913-7222. After answering a few questions, we'll connect you with a personal injury lawyer in your area. The attorney will contact you within two business days, or you can call the lawyer at your convenience.

Preparing to Meet With Texas Auto Accident Lawyers

Once you've identified attorneys who may be qualified to handle your case, you'll want to schedule a preliminary meeting (also known as an initial consultation) with each lawyer. This meeting-which many lawyers offer free of charge-serves several purposes. It allows you to:

  • Interview the lawyer to learn more about his or her experience, style of practicing law, proposed legal strategy, award estimate, rates, and fees
  • Familiarize the attorney with the details of your auto accident and associated injuries
  • Decide whether you'd like to hire the attorney to handle your case

It is wise to spend some time preparing for the meeting. You'll want to gather copies of any documents related to your accident and injuries and to make notes about how the accident occurred, who was involved, and what witnesses were present. You'll also want to make a list of questions to ask the attorney. Remember that this meeting is designed to help you figure out whether to hire the lawyer, so focus on questions that will help you make a decision. Topics to discuss include:

  • The lawyer's experience and background handling Texas auto accident lawsuits
  • The lawyer's proposed strategy for handling your case
  • The lawyer's estimate of how much money you could receive from the party at fault in a settlement or judgment
  • An estimate of the lawyer's legal fees and expenses to handle your case
  • Bring written notes with both your questions and details of your accident to the initial consultation. You'll want to have these notes handy in case you get nervous during the meeting or can't remember all of the details.

    During & After the Meeting

    You'll also want to bring writing materials to the meeting so you can take notes. Particularly if you've scheduled more than one initial consultation, these notes will be useful when it's time to decide which attorney you'd like to hire.

    Know that anything you discuss during the initial consultation will remain confidential even if you decide to hire a different Texas car accident lawyer.

    As you're talking to the attorney, think about whether he or she is the right person to handle your case. Does the lawyer have the necessary professional skills? Do you agree with the proposed plan for pursuing your case? Does the award estimate seem realistic and are the legal fees and expenses reasonable?

    You also want to consider whether the lawyer's personality is a good match with yours. You may be working with this attorney for months or even a couple of years. Do you trust the lawyer's judgment? Will you feel comfortable following his or her advice?

    At the end of the meeting, ask for client references if you are serious about wanting to hire the attorney. Talking to a past client can give you more insight into a lawyer and if you had any specific concerns about an attorney, you can ask the client about his or her experiences.

    Once you've finished your initial consultations, it's time to select an attorney. Remember that you're looking for a lawyer who has the professional skills to handle your case, but also someone who shows good judgment and makes you feel comfortable. Once you've found that lawyer, you're ready to move forward with your case.

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