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How to Hire a Texas Truck Accident Attorney

When you are injured in a trucking accident that is someone else's fault, it's common to consider hiring a Texas truck accident attorney. A lawyer can help estimate the total cost of your injury, negotiate with the party at fault (or their insurance company), and represent you in court if you're unable to reach an out-of-court settlement. But if you've never before hired a lawyer, you may not know where to start. This article will walk you through the process.

Identifying Texas Truck Accident Attorneys

To begin the process of hiring an attorney experienced in handling Texas trucking accidents, you'll need to identify attorneys who are qualified to handle your case. Personal recommendations can be invaluable, so if you know someone who's previously worked with a Texas truck accident attorney, ask if he or she would recommend that lawyer.

If you cannot get any personal suggestions, you've come to the right place. Attorneys.com offers a service to connect you with trucking accident lawyers in your area. To get started, simply complete the form on this page or call us at 1-877-913-7222. We'll ask you a few basic questions, then put you in touch with at least one Texas trucking accident lawyer in your area. You can contact the lawyer at your convenience, or the lawyer will call you within two business days.

Meet with Attorneys

Prior to hiring a lawyer, you'll want to have an initial consultation, or preliminary meeting. This meeting (which most personal injury attorneys offer free of charge) is your opportunity to tell the lawyer about your accident and to interview the attorney in an effort to decide whether he or she is qualified to handle your case.

You'll want to do some homework before each meeting. Make written notes about the details of your case and gather any relevant paperwork, such as a copy of the accident report and medical bills.

You'll also want to make a list of questions you'd like to ask the attorney. Focus on questions that help you decide whether the attorney is right for your case. Topics to cover include:

  • The attorney's education, professional background, and experience representing Texas truck accident victims
  • The attorney's evaluation of your case, including a his or her recommended strategy and estimate of how much your case would be worth
  • Details about how the attorney would staff and manage your case
  • An estimate of legal fees and expenses

During the Meeting

Bring your notes, questions, and some writing material to the meeting, so you can take notes. During the meeting, pay attention not only to what the lawyer says, but how he or she says it. You want to hire a lawyer who not only has the technical knowledge, but also who makes you feel comfortable. Does the attorney take the time to patiently answer your questions? Do you feel as if the attorney shows good judgment?

Know that anything you discuss during the meeting will be kept confidential even if you end up hiring a different lawyer.

If you think you might want to hire a particular lawyer, at the end of the meeting, ask the attorney for the names of past clients who could serve as references. You'll want to contact these clients to find out what they liked and disliked about the lawyer, and whether they'd hire the lawyer again if the need arose.

Selecting a Texas Truck Accident Attorney

After you've met with each Texas truck accident attorney you're considering for your case, it's time to hire one of them. If you immediately know which lawyer you'd like to hire, your decision will be an easy one. Otherwise, ask yourself these questions about each attorney:

  • Does the lawyer have the experience necessary to handle my case?
  • Did I agree with the lawyer's proposed strategy for handling my case?
  • Did the attorney offer a realistic estimate of how much money I could receive?
  • Were the attorney's estimated legal fees and expenses appropriate?
  • Do I feel comfortable trusting the lawyer with my case?

Once you've found a lawyer who meets these criteria, you're ready to move forward with your Texas trucking accident lawsuit.

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