How to Find the Best Lawyer for a Truck Accident: Locating the best attorney to handle your injury claim is vital to the success of your case. There’s an old saying, “there is no substitute for experience.” That is true in many endeavors but undoubtedly true for maximizing a commercial vehicle accident compensation. Here are some suggestions for getting the best attorney for a commercial vehicle crash case.
Trucking Cases Are Complex
Everyone knows that big rigs or tractor-trailers operate differently than passenger cars. Tractor-trailers are much larger and heavier, but they also operate with different systems such as air brakes.
The vehicles are different, but the rules and regulations that apply to professional drivers are much stricter than those faced by everyday drivers. The attorney you select to help you after your truck accident must be proficient in the rules and regulations that apply to trucking companies and truck drivers.
An actual commercial vehicle accident attorney will have substantial hands-on experience litigating truck accident claims.
Stay Away from TV Lawyers
Every day we see advertisements on television and postings on the Internet for lawyers seeking truck accident victims and claiming vast experience in the area. Attorneys who have a very high number of active cases cannot devote much time to each one. Stay away from TV lawyers who advertise for truck crash cases.
High-volume lawyers make money by “turning” cases quickly. If you are looking for a significant settlement, pass on the law firms with many cases. Quick, cheap settlements are rarely in your best interest.
With that in mind, we have formulated some questions that potential truck accident victims can ask a lawyer to help them determine whether this is the right person for their case.
Do Research on Attorneys
Always investigate attorneys before you meet them.
Online research can be done easily and quickly. Here are a few areas to look at:
Look for reviews of former clients who were injured in a truck crash. Put no importance on generic reviews. Be wary of hundreds of reviews because either the firm is super high volume, or they are scamming the review process. Either way, it is a hard pass!
Some important-sounding awards are simply phony. Look for peer-reviewed awards from local attorneys.
Find other settlements from truck crashes. Irrelevant commercial case results can sound impressive but are not relevant to finding the best truck accident attorneys.
The State Bar-
If the lawyer has had issues with the bar- stay away.
Depth of experience-
The more experienced, the better!
Questions to Ask an Attorney for Your Accident with a Semi:
- When was the last verdict you received in a truck accident case?
- What was that verdict?
- How many multi-million-dollar truck accident cases have you handled?
- When was the last one?
- How many trucking cases do you currently have open?
- Will an associate or other attorney work on my case?
- Who will I talk with if I hire you?
- Who will take the depositions in my case?
- How many current cases do you have open?
- When was your first truck accident death case?
Each of these questions is an important indicator of whether this is the right person for your case. If you asked these questions and cannot get a straightforward answer, I would suggest that you might consider interviewing other lawyers or firms.
Special Expertise Needed
Trucking cases require exceptional experience, and finding the best truck accident attorney for your case may require you to speak with several different law firms. By asking the questions set forth above, you can get a clear and quick understanding of the experience of the attorney you are considering.
And if the person you are talking with is going to work your case or delegate it to a younger attorney.
The Doctor Analogy
If you needed to get spine surgery, you would research doctors who have a reputation in spine surgery. You could not even consider letting the doctor you chose “supervise” the surgery and have other less experienced doctors operate on you.
Likewise, you would not care if the doctor had performed thousands of operations on other body parts. No- you want the best doctor for your problem. The same applies to attorneys. Big awards in class actions have no relevance to your needs in an injury accident with a big rig.
Always look local first. Out-of-town lawyers are always at a disadvantage over local attorneys. Never consider an out-of-state attorney as the drawback can be significant and will likely impact your case. If you have no experienced truck accident attorneys in your town, look to the nearest major city for help.