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Questions To Ask During An Initial Meeting With A Car Accident Lawyer

by Marie Caldwell

The best way to settle a major car accident is through the assistance of a personal injury lawyer who handles car accident cases, but before you can hire a lawyer, you will need to find the right one. Meeting with several lawyers may help you select the right one and interviewing each one is also a good step. Each time you interview a lawyer for your case, you might want to ask the following questions to help you choose the right lawyer.

Is this case solid?

You should be prepared to explain your case and provide all the evidence you have to the lawyer when meeting with him or her as the lawyer will need this information to answer your questions, and the first question you should ask is whether the case is solid. A solid case is one that has very few questions about fault and is relatively easy to prove and win.

Will you take the case?

If the lawyer believes you have a solid case, he or she might quickly accept the case. If the lawyer does not state this right away, you should ask. Lawyers are typically hesitant to accept cases only if there is a conflict of interest in the case or if the evidence does not provide enough proof.

How much do you charge?

During this interview, you should also pose the question of the charges and fees the lawyer uses for cases. A typical car accident lawyer will generally waive all upfront legal fees for clients and will only charge a percentage of the settlement amount, but it is still good to ask so that you know for sure.

How long will it take?

It is also wise to ask the lawyer how long he or she expects the case to take before a settlement is reached and you receive the check. The lawyer might not be able to provide you with a definite answer but will likely use past experiences from cases to give you a good idea about the timing of the case.

Will you have to go into a courtroom for the case?

Finally, you should discuss whether you will have to go to court during the case or not. Going to court to settle a case is often the last resort, and your lawyer will be able to offer you more insight on this if you are interested in finding out.

These are the questions you should ask as you will want to know the answers to these questions prior to initiating your case. To ask these questions and find out the answers you need, schedule a consultation visit with a lawyer who handles car accident cases.