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How to Hire a New York Truck Accident Lawyer

If you've been injured in a trucking accident that was someone else's fault, the person responsible should pay for all of your injury-related expenses. Often, it will be necessary to hire a New York truck accident lawyer to help obtain the money you deserve. But if you've never before hired a lawyer, you may not know what to do or where to start. This article will guide you through the process.

Identifying New York Trucking Accident Lawyers

If you know someone who's previously worked with a trucking accident attorney, ask that person if they would recommend their attorney. These personal recommendations can be invaluable. However, if you are unable to get any personal recommendations, you've come to the right place. Attorneys.com can connect you with New York truck accident lawyers in your area.

To start the process, fill out the form on this page or call us at 1-877-913-7222. After asking you some basic questions, we'll connect you with at least one New York trucking accident lawyer in your area. You can contact the lawyer at your convenience, or the lawyer will call you within two business days.

Preparing to Meet with New York Truck Crash Attorneys

Before deciding which attorney to hire, you'll want to schedule a preliminary meeting, also called an initial consultation. This meeting, which most lawyers offer at no cost, is designed to familiarize the lawyer with your case. You should also use the meeting to determine whether the attorney:

  • Has the skills and expertise necessary to handle your case
  • Proposes a strategy for your case that you agree with
  • Realistically estimates how much your case is worth if it settles or goes to trial
  • Charges a legal fee that is fair
  • Is someone with good judgment with whom you'd feel comfortable entrusting your case

You should prepare for each meeting by making a list of questions that help you evaluate the lawyer on each of these criteria.

Meeting with New York Truck Crash Attorneys

During each meeting, try to assess whether the attorney is knowledgeable about New York truck accident law and has experience representing truck crash victims. Does the attorney answer your questions openly and honestly? Do you feel as if the lawyer takes the time to explain concepts you don't understand?

Remember that you may be working with this lawyer for a year or more. While it's important to hire an attorney who has the technical expertise to handle your case, you also want to work with an attorney you like, respect, and get along with.

Try to take notes during each initial consultation, or write down your impressions immediately after the meeting ends. These notes will be useful if you're ultimately undecided between a couple of lawyers.

Selecting a New York Truck Accident Lawyer

After you've met with each lawyer, it's time to select the New York truck accident lawyer to handle your case. There may be one lawyer who is clearly the best to represent you. If this is the case, your decision will be an easy one.

If you're torn between several attorneys, reach out to each lawyer and ask them for the names of former clients. Contact these references, and ask them whether they were satisfied with the lawyer. Would they hire the lawyer again if the need arose? What did they like and dislike about the attorney?

Ultimately, you are looking for a lawyer who has the necessary skills and expertise handling trucking accident cases, but who also makes you feel comfortable and confident in his or her judgment. Once you've found that lawyer, you're reading to move forward with your New York trucking accident case.

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