Finding an Auto Accident Attorney
If you drive a car, the chances are pretty good that you will be involved in an automobile accident sometime during your life. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), there “are more than 1,700 fatalities and 840,000 injuries yearly due to vehicle crashes off public highways.” NHTSA also reports that auto accidents, unfortunately, are the “number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States.” NHTSA. If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of others, the law allows you to be fairly and adequately compensated for your harms and losses. If you are not being treated fairly by the insurance company, you may need to hire an auto accident attorney, also known as a personal injury lawyer, to help you through the legal maze. Here are few things to consider when looking for a good auto accident attorney:
Seek Out Referrals
When looking for a good automobile accident attorney, don’t simply rely on advertising. Because hiring a good personal injury lawyer is a significant decision, you should ask your neighbors, friends and co-workers about any experiences they have had with a personal injury lawyer. If you don’t know anyone who has used an auto accident attorney previously, then you should do some research before hiring one. Read about the attorneys you are considering. Find out if they are rated by organizations such as Martindale-Hubbell. Find out about their experience with personal injury claims. Once you have narrowed your search for a good auto accident attorney, you should meet with him or her to see if you “click.” Does he or she take time to understand your case and your injuries? Is he or she willing to explain your rights to you and explain the legal process to you? Will you be dealing with the attorney or a legal assistant?
Experience is Important in Personal Injury Cases
In personal injury cases, experience is going to count…a lot. You should look for an attorney who has significant experience and one who has a history of positive results. You will want an attorney who, if necessary, is willing to take your case to court.