Legal Guide

6 Critical Questions to Ask When Hiring a Truck Accident Lawyer

Trucks are a major part of the global economy; they ease the hauling and transportation of goods (especially bulky items) for households and businesses.

However, despite the fun and ease that trucking activities bring, trucks are also one of the core causes of road accidents due to their large size and load. Also, truck drivers are on the road for long hours, which may cause driver fatigue, making truck driving one of the most hazardous occupations.

The aftermath of a truck accident is expensive and devastating, and the ensuing litigation process can be complex. “Things get more manageable with a reliable truck accident lawyer,'' says attorney Jeffrey Lowenthal. Here are critical questions to ask to help you choose the best truck accident lawyer for your case.

What Are Your Payment Terms?

Most truck accident lawyers work on contingency, meaning they don't get paid unless/until you win your case. This payment term is favorable because it ensures the lawyer is motivated to get you a fair settlement.

Your lawyer should explain all the payment details before signing a contract with them. Be sure to ask about advance fees, hourly rates, and payment terms in case of a settlement or court award.

Are You Specialized in Truck Accident Cases?

Hiring a lawyer who understands the specific challenges and applicable laws and regulations can be helpful as you navigate your case. You may need an attorney with sound experience in the field who can assist you in navigating through the complexities of the case.

While most lawyers handle various personal injury cases, an attorney has experience with the trucking industry and is familiar with all the rules that regulate it. This perk increases the likelihood of a successful outcome in your case. Also, ask about their success rate. 

What Is Your Negotiation Strategy?

The lawyer's negotiation method may determine how long the case takes and how much compensation you'll likely receive. Ask the lawyer if they regularly negotiate settlements out of court or are more likely to take the case to trial if it can't be settled.

The lawyer should explain how they plan on pursuing your case. This includes questions about when to expect results and whether they have experience with similar cases.

What Damage and Injury Claims Can I Make?

Truck accidents result in two types of damage: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are monetary damages from missed work, medical costs, and property damage. Non-economic damages are losses that cannot be quantified, which include emotional distress, pain, and suffering.

A reliable lawyer can explain the relevant damages and claims you can make depending on your situation.

Do You Plan to Represent Me, or Will You Get Someone Else?

Sometimes, the lawyer you first contact will hand off your case to another lawyer in their firm. Ask if this is the plan and, if so, what kind of experience the other lawyer has.

How Much Help Do You Need from Me?

Truck accident cases often involve a lot of paperwork and evidence collection. And working together with your lawyer can streamline the process.

However, depending on your physical and mental condition after a truck accident, you may be unable to participate in the legal process. So, discuss your capacity with the lawyer and ensure you understand each other’s expectations.

Last Thoughts

Asking as many questions as possible before hiring a truck accident lawyer gives you the insight you need to make an informed decision. It can also help your attorney form an effective strategy for tackling your case—essential for a successful outcome.

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