What to Ask a Truck Accident Attorney
Truck accidents can be devastating.
Given the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks and tractor trailers, even low-speed accidents can result in totaled vehicles and catastrophic injuries. People who have been in a truck accident often need to seek legal action in order to get compensation for the significant property damage, physical and psychological injuries, and lost wages they experience.
Having the right attorney—one who is experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled—can often increase the odds of success in a truck accident claim. But how do you find the right attorney?
If you are seeking an attorney after a truck accident, do you know what to look for? What should you ask before hiring someone to represent you?
Keep reading to find out the questions you should ask any prospective truck accident attorney.
#1 How much experience do you have with truck accidents?
There are many attorneys who practice personal injury law, taking cases involving car accidents, dog bites, falls, etc. However, you’ll likely want an attorney who has experience in truck accident cases specifically.
Why is this important?
Truck accidents differ from other areas of personal injury—even car accident claims. Semi-trucks are bigger, heavier, and more deadly than the average car or SUV, resulting in more serious claims. Furthermore, this type of claim is often more complicated. Because semi-truck drivers are driving for a company, multiple different parties might liable for the accident. This can include the driver themselves, the truck company they work for, the cargo loaders, the manufacturer of the truck, etc.
An attorney experienced with this type of claim increases your odds of success.
#2 What is your communication policy?
You’ll most definitely need to talk to your attorney during this process, so you’ll need to know their communication policy. How often can you expect to meet with them about your case? How often will they update you? Will you typically hear from them or someone else (like a paralegal or secretary)? If there is an emergency, can you get a hold of them right away?
Good communication is a cornerstone of the attorney-client relationship. Attorneys who value communication will be happy to answer this question, letting you know what to expect.
#3 What is your fee?
Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s important to know how you’ll pay for your attorney’s services. Make sure you understand their fee structure.
Do you need to pay a fixed fee up front or an hourly fee? Will the attorney take a percentage of your winnings (a contingency fee)? How are case costs (like filing fees, deposition costs, expert fees, etc.) paid for?
A good truck accident attorney is up front about their fees and costs and has a fee structure that is fair. They can thoroughly explain their fee agreement, and they never try to pressure you into signing something you don’t understand.
#4 What can I expect?
Every case is different, this is true. That said, an experienced attorney should be able to let you know your options up front and give you an assessment of the strength of your case. You should find out what the attorney recommends in your case and what you might be able to expect from the process.
Finally, it’s important to ask yourself, “Do I feel confident in this attorney?” You want to work with someone you trust. While you’re talking to the lawyer, pay attention to how they treat you. Are they happy to answer your questions? Do they give you helpful information? Do you feel confident that they will do a good job in your case?
The answers to all of the questions above will help you select a truck accident attorney that is both competent and caring—one that will treat you and your case with the respect they both deserve.
We’re Here to Help
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, Casper & Casper is here to help.
We understand how overwhelming, frustrating, and confusing the aftermath of a truck accident can be. We believe that your first priority should be getting better—not dealing with paperwork and claims adjusters.
The lawyers at Casper & Casper have practiced personal injury and truck accident law for decades. We know the ins and outs of this area, and we use our extensive experience and knowledge to serve our clients.
To talk to a truck accident attorney at Casper & Casper, call us today. We would be happy to meet with you to answer your questions and help you understand your options.