When you hire a car accident attorney, you can be confident that they will provide competent legal representation and receive fair compensation for your damage. While most attorneys may be willing to handle your claim, you need to find the right one for you.
WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR?
It will be helpful for you to make a list of questions to ask each attorney you are considering.
Can you speak directly to your lawyer or do the office staff handle most of the communication? Find an attorney who will contact you promptly if you have questions about your case.
How long has a lawyer been practicing? Does he have legal experience? You need an experienced attorney who has handled cases like yours and is experienced in negotiating settlements and litigation.
Focus on claims for damages
Common law attorneys probably don’t understand the elements of a car accident lawsuit, nor do those who handle personal injury cases. You wouldn’t call an electrician to fix a leaking pipe; Likewise, you need someone who knows the laws regarding car accidents.
Most personal injury cases are resolved without a trial, but sometimes a trial is required. Your lawyer should be a good negotiator and have litigation experience. Many attorneys advertise information about past settlements and convictions they have won for their clients.
HOW DO I FIND A RELIABLE CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER?
You can find car accident lawyers in several ways:
- Ask family and friends to recommend an attorney they have used in the past.
- Search online for car accident attorneys near you.
- Look online for reviews and customer testimonials.
- Ask other attorneys if they can recommend a good auto accident attorney.
- Browse listings of legal information services.
When you are happy with the names on your list, make an appointment with each of them. Most of them offer free consultations, so you have the opportunity to ask questions. Choose the one you feel most comfortable with, both on a personal level and with the knowledge that they will successfully handle your case.
HOW IS FAULT DETERMINED IN A MULTI-VEHICLE CAR ACCIDENT?
Accidents involving multiple vehicles are difficult to investigate. Sometimes the party at fault is obvious, and sometimes elements such as dangerous road conditions or inclement weather that are not the result of negligence can cloud your idea of responsibility. An experienced attorney has access to the resources and knowledge of auto accident reconstruction to help find the party at fault in a multi-vehicle collision and bring them to justice.
HOW THE NATURE OF ACCIDENT IS A LIABILITY
The two most common causes of multi-vehicle crashes are:
Chain sequence of collisions. A chain reaction type crash usually starts with a single rear end collision. In traffic jams, the distance between vehicles is minimal, so no one can stop before colliding with another vehicle. Common causes include distraction from driving, speeding, back riding, and driving while tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Messy piling up. A mass accident involving multiple vehicles can occur under many circumstances. For example, a side impact or head-on collision can result in vehicles colliding randomly with each other.
Detecting the first impact in a multi-car collision is often difficult, but police, insurance companies and lawyers are using the evidence available to determine who is responsible.
HOW TO DEFINE THE SEQUENCE OF EXPOSURE
The police, along with other emergency responders, are the first to arrive on the scene. They collect testimonials from drivers involved in an accident and include them in their reports. Typically, the driver and witnesses together can provide enough corroborating information to determine the sequence of events that led up to the initial collision. In addition, the police will report if someone has broken any laws and whether those actions contributed to the accident.
The insurance companies and lawyers involved in the case will also conduct an independent investigation to gather more information. They may use damage to the car and other evidence such as skid marks and video footage to determine who is at fault. If you’ve been injured in a multi-vehicle car accident, contact Judd Shaw Personal Injury Law to speak with a car accident attorney and get a free consultation.