Interview Several Lawyers Before Hiring One
Before you hire, it is very vital that you visit as many as time permits you, interview them based on your areas of need and see how each is knowledgeable enough to handle your case.
Now that you have a list of lawyers you believe meet your criteria as far as location and practice area, it’s time to choose the lawyer to handle your motorcycle accident case. The only effective way to do this is by interviewing each lawyer.
Most lawyers offer free consultations, so schedule appointments with several lawyers from your list. Prepare for the meetings by assembling documents to bring with you that will provide the lawyer with information about the accident and your injuries. Documents you might consider bringing with you include:
• Police reports of the accident
• Photographs of the accident scene, the vehicles, and your injuries
• Medical reports you might have that explain your injuries
• Records showing your regular wages and time lost from work due to the accident
Ask the Right Questions
The interview’s purpose is to learn as much about the lawyer as possible –don’t be timid with asking questions. Some important questions to ask at the beginning of the interview include the following:
Find out how long the attorney been practising law?
• What percentage of the practice is devoted to motorcycle law?
• Will the attorney you are interviewing be the one handling the case?
• How many motorcycle accident cases similar to yours has the attorney previously handled?
• What percentage of the motorcycle accident cases handled by the attorney results in a settlement?
It should be noted that the vast majority of motorcycle accident cases end in a settlement. Still, one factor contributing to a settlement that is favorable to the accident victim is the reputation of the lawyer as a trial attorney. An attorney who settles all of the motorcycle cases that come into the office could be an excellent attorney, but it could also mean the law firm favors quick settlements over taking a case to trial when necessary to maximize the amount recovered by the client.
A motorcycle accident lawyer should have experience conducting trials on behalf of accident victims. Building a reputation as a lawyer capable of achieving a successful outcome at a trial affects the willingness of claims adjusters to settle cases. Claims adjusters who know a lawyer does not have a great deal of recent trial experience might be tempted to make low settlement offers believing the attorney will not push the case to a trial.