How to Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you've been injured in a truck accident that wasn't your fault, a lawyer may be able to help you get a settlement to pay for medical bills and property damages.
Finding a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you know a friend who had to hire a truck accident lawyer, see if he or she would recommend that attorney. However, if you don't know anyone who is able to recommend a lawyer, you are in the right place. Attorneys.com has a service that will connect you with local truck accident lawyers.
You can call 1-877-913-7222 or complete the short form on this site to start the process. After you've answered a few basic questions, we will provide you with contact information for one or more truck accident lawyers in your area. These attorneys will call you within two business days, or you can follow up on your own.
Meeting with Truck Accident Lawyers
Once you have the names of several truck accident lawyers, also known as plaintiff's lawyers, you will want to start by setting up some meetings, or initial consultations, with them so you can narrow the field. The purpose of these meetings is to learn more about the lawyers and their experience. It also allows the attorneys to learn more about your case. Some lawyers will charge for these meetings and some won't, so ask about costs before your meeting.
Do your homework before meeting with the lawyers. You'll want to write down the basics of your case (when the truck accident happened, what happened, any injuries and expenses incurred as a result of the accident), so you don't forget anything during your meetings.
Also make a list of questions to ask the lawyer. You'll want to ask about how the lawyer charges for his or her time, to learn more about the attorney's experience, and to get the attorney's opinion on how big an award you could receive.
The initial consultation helps you to find a lawyer to hire, so bring some writing materials to each meeting. Any notes you take may help when it's time to make a final decision. Also, keep in mind that everything discussed in these meetings will be kept confidential, even by the lawyers you don't hire.
How Do Truck Accident Lawyers Bill?
Truck accident lawyers and other personal injury lawyers might charge either an hourly rate or on a contingency basis, meaning that he or she won't get paid unless you get a financial settlement or judgment in your favor. A contingency fee is calculated as a percentage of the financial award. A truck accident lawyer who bills by the hour will only charge you for the actual time he or she worked.
Selecting a Truck Accident Lawyer
Once you've met with a few truck accident lawyers, you can begin the process of deciding which attorney to hire.
You may immediately eliminate any truck accident lawyers you know for sure you don't want to hire. If you are undecided between a few attorneys, ask for the names of their past clients to call as references. References may help you make your decision.
Make sure the attorney you select has the skills and experience necessary to handle your case, makes you feel comfortable, and has a case strategy you can agree with. If he or she has reasonable fees and meets the other requirements, you are ready to hire him or her and begin your truck accident case.