Don't Pick the Wrong Car Accident Lawyer

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If you or a loved-one has been in car accident, picking the wrong or the right car accident attorney can be the most important decision you'll make. Here is a simple checklist to help you pick a good car accident attorney or personal injury lawyer.
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Pregame Steps

Before you meet with an attorney start gathering the following info. This will speed up the case and give you a clearer picture if the case is worth pursuing.

  • Have your vehicle, insurance, and driver's license information and info on any passengers you had in the car with you.
  • Write down the facts of the accident such as the date, time and location. Also take names and any info you have on the other drivers.
  • Can I get a witness? Collect the names and contact information of witnesses and copies of any tickets or incident reports issued by the police.
  • Take copies of medical records related to the accident and information about any pre-existing conditions that may have been made worse by the accident.
  • Track any your medical expenses and the wages and time at work you've lost because of the accident.
  • Take copies of anything you've gotten from your auto insurance about the accident

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The Prospects

Gather names by asking for referrals from friends, family and coworkers. Google and online directories such as can also help you gather names. Make sure they have offices close by.

What to Look For

Now that you have a few names, here are some tips on making an informed choice. Meet in person and ask the following questions:

  • How much experience do they have with car accident cases? How many years have they been practicing?
  • When is the last time they handled a car accident case
  • What experience do they have with the physical injury you suffered in the accident?
  • What results have they gotten in cases like yours? What is the settlement value of a case like yours?
  • Who will handle your case?
  • How long do they expect your case to take?
  • If they are working on contingency, are their legal fees based on the gross recovery or the net recovery? What percentage do they keep?
  • If you lose the case, do you owe anything?
  • If you aren't happy with their work, what would the obligation be to them if you want to switch law firms?

Your Final Pick

Try to interview at least three different options. After meeting with a car accident attorney or personal injury lawyer decide if you feel comfortable with them. Decide which one has the best match of experience. Finally, decide which car accident attorney or personal injury lawyer makes the most financial sense for you ∎

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