In the United States alone, there are more than 6 million car accidents each year. While many of those accidents are minor, some can leave you injured and unable to live life as normal.
If you got injured in a car crash, finding experienced accident lawyers to represent your case is the best thing you can do. They’ll help you get the settlement you deserve and spare you the stress of negotiating with the insurance company.
But how do you find the best affordable attorney for your case? Here are a few tips to help.
Focus Your Search on Car Accident Lawyers
Most personal injury lawyers that can handle car accidents. But that doesn’t mean you should work with them. It’s always best to work with an attorney that specializes in car accidents.
When an attorney specializes in a specific type of injury, they’re more familiar with the obstacles you face, the treatments you go through, and the damages you cope with. They’re better prepared to help you get the most out of your suit as possible.
Once you’re ready to start searching, look for attorneys that specialize in car accidents. This way, you’ll get the best representation possible.
Car accidents are incredibly common. This means you probably know someone who has worked with an accident attorney at some point in the past. Use this to your advantage.
Ask your friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations. If they’ve worked with an attorney in the area or no someone who has, get that information as soon as possible.
Remember, if they had a good experience with the attorney, you can expect to have the same experience.
If you don’t know anyone who’s worked with a car accident attorney, you can start your search online. Just remember to choose someone local who can give you the individualized attention you deserve.
You can expect to meet with your attorney in person at least a few times during your lawsuit. If they’re not based in your area, it will make getting to those meetings a challenge.
Research Their Reputations
Once you have a few names of attorneys in the area, dig a little deeper. Research their reputations online and see what their previous clients have to say about their services.
Start with online reviews and try to get an overall impression of their reputation. If most of the reviews are positive, you can expect to have a similar experience. But if most of the reviews are negative, keep looking.
You should also research their professional reputation with the state. If past clients filed complaints or the state disciplined the attorney in the past, the site will show that information.
Remember, complaints don’t necessarily mean that the attorney won’t fight for you. Use your discretion, review the complaints, and see what happened to resolve the issue.
If you’re still uncomfortable, keep looking. You need to feel confident in your attorney’s ability to represent your case. If you’re not confident or comfortable with them, it may be difficult for you to open up and discuss your accident in detail.
Schedule a Consultation
The best way to decide if an attorney is worth hiring is to meet with them. Schedule a consultation with each attorney on your list.
These consultations should be free. If an attorney tries to charge you for the consultation, walk away immediately.
During the consultation, get to know the attorney. Pay attention to the types of questions they ask and make sure they answer your questions clearly and concisely. If they brush your concerns aside or don’t show much interest in your case, keep looking.
Affordable attorneys do not mean low-quality attorneys. You still want to choose someone that’s responsive and invested in helping you every step of the way.
Get the Details on Their Fees
Believe it or not, attorneys charge for their services in different ways. Some charge an hourly rate while others charge a flat fee for their services. But the best accident attorneys work on contingency.
This means they only get paid if you win your case.
The actual amount will vary based on the settlement you receive. Your attorney will get a percentage of your settlement amount. And you’ll know what that percentage is before you agree to work with them.
Ask About the Additional Fees
Even if an attorney works on contingency, there may still be other fees they expect you to cover. Before you agree to work with them, make sure you understand what (if any) additional fees they might expect you to pay.
If they seem unreasonable, keep looking.
Don’t Focus on Price Alone
When it comes to legal representation, you don’t always get what you pay for. Some of the most expensive attorneys may not be able to represent your case well. But that doesn’t mean you should choose the cheapest attorney out there.
Instead of focusing solely on price, take a holistic approach.
Think about how the attorney treated you during the consultation. The best attorneys should put you at ease while explaining the possible issues in your case in a way that’s easy to understand.
Pay attention to their experience and their success rates. If they’ve worked for car accident victims for years and win the majority of the cases they take on, they’re worth considering.
Even if you have to pay a little more for the best attorney, you’ll likely make up for the added expense with your settlement.
Use their fees and prices as a guideline. But take care to choose an attorney you trust and believe will represent your case the best.
Finding the best car accident lawyers doesn’t have to be a challenge. Go with your gut, interview multiple attorneys, and choose the one that you feel most comfortable with.
If you got injured in an accident, don’t wait to seek the legal representation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our dedicated legal team.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.