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Questions to Ask When Interviewing Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys

After being injured in an accident with a semi-truck, you may be thinking about hiring an attorney. If you're like most people, you may have never before used a lawyer and not know where to start. But the process of hiring semi-truck accident attorneys can be broken down into three steps:

  • Use sources you trust to gather the names of truck accident attorneys in your area.
  • Schedule a meeting-called an initial consultation-with each of the semi-truck accident attorneys you'd consider hiring. Use this meeting to get acquainted with the lawyer, tell him or her more about your case, and learn more about the lawyer's legal skills, experience, strategy, and legal fees.
  • Select a trucking injury attorney with whom you feel comfortable and in whom you feel confident, then hire that attorney to handle your case.

Preparing for Each Meeting

Before your initial consultations, you'll want to take some time to sit down, think about the questions you'd like to ask, and make some notes. This article will suggest some questions you should consider asking. Don't feel as if you have to stick to this list-ask other questions that are important to you. Nor should you feel as if you have to ask every question in this article. Instead, ask those that will help you decide whether to hire an attorney.

The Semi-Truck Accident Attorney's Background & Experience

Ask the semi-truck accident attorney about his or her legal education and professional experience. Suggested questions would include:

  • How long have you worked as a semi-truck accident lawyer?
  • What law school did you attend?
  • On average, how many semi-truck accident cases do you handle each year?
  • Do you do other types of legal work, or do you focus exclusively on trucking accidents?
  • How frequently do you handle cases like mine?
  • Are you a member of any bar associations or professional organizations? If so, which ones?

The Semi-Truck Accident Attorney's Case Assessment

Ask the attorney to provide an assessment of your case. Relevant questions to ask include:

  • What is your opinion and assessment of my case?
  • What is the likelihood that I can get a financial settlement or judgment in my favor?
  • What size of an award can I expect to receive?
  • Are there potential problems that could limit my award or cause me to lose my case?
  • How likely is it that we'll have to go to trial?
  • What percentage of semi-truck accident lawsuits do you settle each year? What percentage do you take to trial each year?
  • How long will it take to resolve my case?
  • Is mediation or arbitration an option?

The Semi-Truck Accident Attorney's Philosophy & Style

Try to learn more about the lawyer's approach to practicing law. Among the questions to ask are:

  • How do you approach semi-truck accident injury cases?
  • How would you describe your personality or style as an attorney?
  • What is your style when working with clients? Are you more likely to tell me what to do, or will you present the options and ask me to make a decision?

How the Semi-Truck Accident Attorney's Manages Cases

Questions to ask about how your truck accident injury lawsuit will be managed include:

  • Will you personally manage my case, or will another attorney be responsible for managing it?
  • Would you be my day-to-day contact?
  • Will other semi-truck accident attorneys or experts work on my case? Who are they? What are their roles and responsibilities?
  • Will you provide regular progress reports? How frequently? What is included in those reports?
  • Will you personally be responsible for all negotiations and court appearances in my case?
  • What is the best way to reach you? How quickly can I expect you to respond?

The Semi-Truck Accident Attorney's Legal Fees

Questions to ask about the estimated cost of your case include:

  • How are you compensated for your time?
  • If we do not get a settlement or win the case, will I owe you any money?
  • Do you require a retainer fee?
  • Can you provide an estimate of the other fees and expenses I will have to pay?
  • Can you show me some examples of how much money I would take home after legal fees and expenses?

Finishing Your Meeting

Before the meeting ends, ask if there are other questions you should have asked or if there is anything else the attorney wants to tell you before you make a decision. You should also feel free to ask for the names of past clients who could provide a reference for the attorney.

Hiring a Semi-Truck Accident Attorney

Once you've had the opportunity to meet semi-truck injury attorneys, you'll need to reflect on the meetings and decide which attorney you want to hire. Among the factors you should think about when making your decision:

  • Did you feel as if you could trust the attorney and feel confident following their advice?
  • Is the attorney's style and approach to handling trucking accident lawsuits in line with how you'd like your case handled?
  • Does the lawyer have the experience and skills to handle your trucking injury case?
  • Are the attorney's estimated legal fees and expenses reasonable?