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Questions to Ask When Hiring a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer

After being injured in a trucking accident, many injury victims will consider hiring a Texas truck accident lawyer to ensure they get fair and reasonable compensation for their accident-related injuries. But if you've never before interviewed an attorney, you may not know what questions to ask.

When interviewing attorneys, you want to ask questions that help you assess whether a lawyer is qualified to handle your case and to make sure you would feel comfortable working with the attorney.

Meeting With Texas Truck Accident Attorneys

Schedule a meeting (often called an initial consultation) with each of the Texas trucking accident attorneys you'd consider hiring. This meeting is your chance to get acquainted with the lawyer, describe your case, and learn more about the lawyer's legal skills, experience, strategy, and legal fees.

Before your initial consultations, take some time to think about the questions you'd like to ask, and make a written list of them. 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 questions that will help you decide whether to hire a particular attorney.

Background & Experience

Questions to ask about a Texas truck accident lawyer's legal education and professional experience include:

  • How long have you been practicing law?
  • Where did you attend college and law school?
  • On average, how many cases involving Texas trucking accidents do you handle annually?
  • Do you frequently handle cases similar to mine?
  • Are you a member of any bar associations and professional organizations? If so, which ones?

Legal Philosophy & Style of Practicing Law

You'll also want to learn more about the attorney's professional style and approach to practicing law. Questions to consider include:

  • What is your approach or philosophy in handling truck accident cases?
  • How would you describe your personality or style as an attorney?
  • What is your style when working with clients? Do you present options and expect the client to make a decision? Or, are you more likely to recommend a course of action?

Assessment of the Case

Describe the details of your truck accident and your accident-related injuries to the Texas truck accident lawyer. This will help the lawyer give you an honest and thorough case assessment. Among the questions to ask:

  • What is your opinion and assessment of the case?
  • What is a realistic settlement or judgment?
  • What potential problems might affect the outcome of the case?
  • Is this case more likely to settle or go to trial?
  • What percentage of trucking accident lawsuits do you settle each year? What percentage do you take to trial annually?
  • How long would it reasonably take to conclude this case?
  • Is mediation or arbitration an option?

Legal Fees

Most injury attorneys, including Texas truck accident attorneys, charge their clients a contingency fee, but you'll want to confirm this in each meeting. Consider asking:

  • Do you charge a contingency fee or an hourly rate?
  • How much would you get paid if we win the case? Settle the case? Lose the case or are unable to settle?
  • What other expenses will you incur? Can you estimate their total amount?
  • Do you require a retainer payment?
  • Based on your settlement and judgment estimates, how much money would I have after expenses and fees are paid?

Case Management

If you're comfortable with the answers you've received thus far in your meeting, you should move on to questions about how your case will be managed. Consider asking:

  • Will you personally manage my case and handle all settlement negotiations and court appearances?
  • Who else will be working on my case? What will they do?
  • Will you provide progress reports? If so, how frequently and what is included in those reports?
  • Are you the day-to-day contact if I have questions or concerns?
  • What is the best way to reach you? How quickly can I expect you to respond?

Hiring a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer

After meeting with each Texas truck accident lawyer you're considering for your case, it's time to decide which attorney to hire. Ultimately, you want to hire a lawyer who has the skills and expertise to handle your case, who offers good advice that you trust, who has a strategy you agree with, and who has a realistic award estimate and reasonable legal fees.

Take time to consider how each lawyer answered your questions, and which attorney made you feel most confident in his or her abilities. Once you've found that lawyer, you're ready to move forward with your trucking accident case.