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When hiring an 18 wheeler accident lawyer, there are certain things you need to look out for. You shouldn’t always go with the first lawyer you find. There are many different lawyers out there, and whilst it’s understandable you want to fastrack your compensation claim, you need to take some time to find the best lawyer for you and your case.
Here is what you need to look for before you hire an 18 wheeler accident lawyer:
It’s easier for you if your lawyer is located in the same state as you. Having regular phone calls about your case is easy but if you want to visit your lawyer, it means you have to take time out of work to travel.
If your lawyer has to travel to see you, this takes valuable time away from your case.
Look at where your potential lawyer is based. Some firms have offices throughout the country. Have a look at the distance between you and your lawyer’s office, and consider if you can easily travel there.
Experience dealing with 18 wheeler claims
Find out what law firms have experience dealing with 18 wheeler claims. You don’t want a firm representing you if they have limited experience with road traffic accidents.
As 18 wheeler compensation claims are very specific, find a law company who has worked with these types of cases before. 18 wheeler accident lawyers will know what the best approach for your case is. They will also be able to predict how long your case will take and whether you have a strong case.
Does your lawyer regularly deal in 18 wheeler accidents? If they practise in the area you want to make a compensation claim for, this improves your odds of being successful in court.
Many law firms practise in particular types of law. When you call around different law firms to get quotes, you need to ask what they regularly deal with. If their company has dealt with dozens of 18 wheeler accident compensation claims, it’s better for you and your case, rather than going with a firm that has never worked on this type of case before.
Before choosing your lawyer, you should look at their success rate. You need the best lawyer on your case to fight in your corner.
In some 18 wheeler cases, the driver of the 18 wheeler could be defended by the company he/she works for. Company lawyers will be experienced in their area of law, so you need to find a lawyer who has had previous success in cases like yours.
Finally, you need a lawyer who is compassionate and cares about your case. A compensation case can be a lengthy process, and you need to get along with your lawyer, otherwise it can cause future issues for your case.
From talking or meeting with lawyers, you will be able to tell which lawyers you can happily work with.
Download our 18 wheeler accident guide which details everything you need to know when making a compensation claim:
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Contact a law firm that has worked on 18 wheeler accident claims
Our lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC. regularly work on 18 wheeler compensation claims. They have worked on many cases in Mississippi, so you know your case is in experienced and safe hands.
Our lawyers work with our clients and explain the process, so they are never left in the dark. Talk to our firm to find out more about the different types of cases we’ve worked on.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.