How To Find the Best Car Accident LawyerLast updated on: November 28, 2022
1. Ask for Referrals
If you know someone who was in a car accident, ask about their experience with the attorney. Personal referrals can be extremely helpful, especially when someone you trust can tell you about their firsthand experience—good or bad.
If the person you know liked their attorney, ask why. Was it the communication style? Was it the way they collaborated with you about legal strategy?
Learning the honest opinion of someone you trust can help inform your decision and adjust your expectations when hiring a car accident lawyer. However, you should also conduct your own research and have a backup plan in case you cannot work with the referred lawyer.
2. Find a Personal Injury Lawyer
You may come across a law firm that handles multiple areas of law. Perhaps that strikes you as a positive thing, and that your attorney will be prepared for anything. Unfortunately, few firms have the resources to handle dozens of practice areas well.
Instead, seek a firm or lawyer that handles personal injury law. When a firm or lawyer focuses on personal injury, the attorney will more likely have the experience and knowledge you need in your case.
3. Look for Someone with Experience
The more cases a car accident attorney has taken, the more likely it is that the attorney has encountered cases similar to yours. When an attorney has handled similar cases to yours, he or she is more efficient in estimating the value of your claim, gathering the evidence necessary to prove your case’s value, and researching any unusual issues that arise.
In addition to searching for an attorney who practices personal injury law, you might also look for someone who has handled injuries similar to yours. For example, you may have suffered a spine or brain injury in a car accident. These types of injuries can have long-lasting effects, and an attorney who understands those effects can better advocate for the compensation you deserve.
Finally, you can also seek an attorney who has handled cases with similar fact patterns to yours. For example, if you were in an accident with a semi-truck, you could consider hiring an attorney who has experience with those kinds of cases.
4. Get the Support You Need
The lawyer you choose should strike a balance between fervently pursuing your claim and providing you the support you need. In pursuing your claim, the car accident attorney should aggressively tackle both the substantive and the procedural elements of your claim. In supporting you, the lawyer should make you comfortable and informed throughout the process.
Ensure that the lawyer will communicate with you through the method you prefer: text, phone call, or email. The lawyer should honestly answer your questions with as much detail as you desire.
Your lawyer should not draw out the process in an attempt to accumulate a larger paycheck. While firms can be extremely busy and your attorney might be handling dozens of other cases, a good lawyer will return your calls and have a plan for your case.
5. Read Reviews of Firms
Even if you have asked someone you trust for a referral, you should research firms for yourself to find a good match. Google Reviews provides a neutral platform for former clients to leave ratings for firms they have worked with. However, be cautious when perusing reviews online.
First, note that there is no verification on Google Reviews to guarantee that everyone leaving a review for a firm has actually worked with that firm. Therefore, be cautious of firms leaving positive reviews for themselves and competitors leaving negative reviews.
Second, there may be dissatisfied people in the reviews who were not accepted as clients by a firm because their cases were not strong enough. When a lawyer does not accept a claim, he or she could be saving you time, energy, money, and the disappointment of losing your case.
Finally, check how the attorneys respond to the reviews online. See if the attorneys are compassionate and genuine in wanting to improve clients’ and potential clients’ experiences. Also, if the firm responds to reviews, the attorneys there might be more communicative in general.
6. Make Sure the Payment Structure Works for You
Understand how legal fees work and which payment system works best for you. Do you want to pay your attorney hourly or on a contingency basis? Does the firm provide a free initial consultation?
Try to determine how much a firm would cost you based on its payment system. You might even consider paying more for a firm that has better reviews and communication.
How Zinda Law Group Can Help
Our firm has locations across the country and has helped countless personal injury victims get back on their feet. Zinda Law Group handles car accident cases: drunk driving accidents, semi-truck accidents, rideshare accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and more.
We have the resources to give your case the attention and care it deserves, and our reviews reflect the results we have gotten for our clients. We offer a free consultation, and we offer clients our “No Win, No Fee Guarantee,” meaning that you do not pay us unless we win your case for you. Call us at (888) 465-0835 to schedule your free consultation today.