When looking for Truck Accident Lawyers, there are several things you should consider before making a final choice.
First of all, look for tractor trailer accident lawyers who have experience in litigation, not just experience in settlements. If a lawyer has a history of settling out of court, quite often the insurance company will use that to their advantage and offer less than what you really deserve.
A semi accident lawyer that has experience with litigation won’t be afraid to take your case to court and fight for full compensation.
A second consideration is whether or not you choose an attorney who actually specializes in truck accidents. Not all truck accident lawyers specialize in personal injury due to accidents involving trucks.
If you choose a lawyer who handles a diversified portfolio (accidents, divorce, criminal law, etc), he or she is less likely to know the intricacies of the law needed to fight your case to your best advantage.
Lawyers quite often get a bad reputation – hence all the lawyer jokes! :~) And there are plenty of “dodgy” attorneys who really can’t be trusted to have YOUR best interests at heart.
How can you insure that you are considering truck accident lawyers who are both honest and skilled?
One way is to check with the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings to see if the truck accident lawyer is well thought of among his peers and has earned a good reputation for ethical standards and service.
Another way is to ask each firm for references. Don’t be embarrassed. You are considering hiring them for a job that will potentially earn them a decent return for their efforts. A good law firm should be willing and able to provide you with some past client contacts who can vouch for their claimed reputation.
Finally, ask around amongst your friends, family, and colleagues for referrals. Word of mouth is a powerful tool. With all the truck accidents each year, there is bound to be someone you know who has had to hire their own lawyer or they know someone else who has and can put you in contact with them.
Ultimately, there is no real guarantee, I suppose, when you are choosing between the various tractor trailer accident lawyers. But, you will have a better chance of success if you take a few precautions and follow these simple tips in your selection process.