Q: I was in a crash with a truck and need to hire a lawyer. What should I expect to learn in my free consultation with a personal injury attorney?
The claims process can be a nightmare, especially for those involved in collisions with large commercial trucks. This is why most personal injury lawyers offer free initial consultations to help answer questions following traffic collisions. However, if you have never had to hire an attorney before now, it can be an overwhelming process, so here’s what you can expect to occur in your first meeting with a lawyer:
- Be prepared to tell the attorney about your accident with the commercial truck and be prepared to answer some questions so the lawyer can collect the information he needs from you.
- After listening to the details of the accident, a lawyer should be able to tell you if you have a case or not.
- If the attorney believes you have a claim, he will let you know about the laws governing your case and the next steps involved in the process.
- If you ask the attorney about his fees, he should be up front about the legal costs involved in representing you.
While it is important to find out if you have a case and to learn about your rights and next steps in the claims process, it is equally important to get to know the attorney. You should walk away from your first meeting knowing the lawyer’s experience, his trial outcomes, and whether he has handled cases similar to yours in the past. It will be important to your case outcome to find a personal injury lawyer with extensive experience standing up to large trucking companies and their insurance carriers.