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How to Hire an Illinois Truck Accident Lawyer

An Illinois truck accident attorney can help accident victims:

  • Estimate accident-related expenses, including the cost of treating injuries and repairing or replacing damaged property
  • Work with trucking accident experts to collect evidence that establishes fault
  • Negotiate a settlement with the parties at fault in the accident
  • Argue a truck accident injury lawsuit in court, if necessary

If you or a loved one was recently injured in an Illinois trucking accident that you believe was someone else's fault, you should consider hiring a lawyer to help protect your interests. But if you've never before worked with a lawyer, you may not know where to start. This article walks you through the process.

Identify Illinois Truck Accidents Lawyers

To begin the hiring process, you'll want to identify Illinois truck accident lawyers who are qualified to handle your case. One way to do this is to ask friends, family members, and co-workers for personal recommendations. Do you know someone who's previously worked with an Illinois truck crash lawyer or personal injury attorney? If so, ask if they had a good experience and would recommend their lawyer.

If you're unable to get a personal recommendation or if you'd like the name of another lawyer, Attorneys.com can help you. We offer a service that will connect you with Illinois trucking accident attorneys in your area. To start the process, complete the form on this page or call 1-877-913-7222. After asking you a few questions, we'll give you the name of at least one truck accident lawyer in your area. The lawyer will call you within two business days, or you can call the attorney at your convenience.

Preparing to Meet With Illinois Truck Crash Lawyers

Most personal injury lawyers, including trucking accident lawyers, will offer potential clients a free meeting, called an initial consultation. During the initial consultation, you can describe your accident to the lawyer, and you can interview the lawyer to learn more about him or her. The purpose of the meeting is to determine whether the lawyer is the best person to handle your case.

The meeting will be much more productive if you spend some time preparing for it.

To start, make notes about your trucking accident and related injuries. These notes will help ensure that you don't omit any important details during the meeting. (Know that anything you discuss with the lawyer during the initial consultation will remain confidential even if you decide to hire a different attorney.) You should also make copies of any documents related to your accident. These would include the police report, medical bills or diagnosis notes, and letters from the trucker's insurance company. If the meeting goes well and you think you might hire the lawyer, you can ask the attorney if he or she would like to keep a copy of the notes.

You'll also want to make a list of questions that you'd like to ask the lawyer during your meeting. Remember that one of the purposes of the meeting is to decide whether you want to hire the lawyer. Focus on questions that will help you make that decision. Topics to consider discussing include:

  • The lawyer's background and experience representing Illinois trucking accident victims
  • The lawyer's opinion and assessment of your case
  • The lawyer's estimate of how much money you could receive from the party at fault in your accident
  • An estimate of the lawyer's fees and expenses for handling your case

During & After Each Meeting

Bring your notes, accident-related documents and list of questions with you each time you meet with an Illinois truck accident lawyer. You'll also want to bring some writing materials, so you can take notes during or after the meeting. If you meet with more than one lawyer, these notes will be particularly useful when it's time to decide which one to hire.

As you talk to each attorney, think about how well the lawyer meets the following criteria:

  • Has sufficient experience handling trucking accident cases
  • Suggests a strategy for handling your case that you agree with
  • Provides a realistic estimate of the value of your case
  • Proposes a reasonable legal fee and expenses
  • Makes you feel comfortable and confident in relying on his or her advice and judgment

You can add to this list any personal criteria you have, such as a Spanish-speaking attorney, or one who offers night and weekend appointments.

If, at the end of the meeting, you think the attorney is someone you'd consider hiring, ask for the contact information of past clients who would be willing to serve as references. You'll want to contact these references if you have a hard time choosing between two lawyers.

Selecting an Illinois Truck Accident Lawyer

After you've met with each attorney, it's time to decide which one you want to hire for your Illinois truck accident case. Sometimes you'll immediately know which attorney is the best for your case. When this happens, your decision will be an easy one. Otherwise, think back to how well each attorney met your criteria. Once you find the lawyer who is the best fit, you're ready to move forward with your truck accident case.

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