Have you or a loved one been in an accident that involved a semi-truck? Whether you were the victim or the perpetrator, when it comes to semi-truck accidents, it’s best to get all your ducks in a row and make sure you have the best protection for the eventual case.
Depending on how low-value and uncontested the semi-truck accident might have been, it’s possible to get it settled within 6 months of whenever the accident took place. However, if the case is much more complicated and/or much higher in value, it can take upwards of a year to be handled.
If you want to have a chance of cutting that time down any further, you should look into getting a good semi-truck accident lawyer.
Looking For A Winner
When you’re looking for a lawyer to appeal on your behalf, you’re going to want to make sure you at least have a good lawyer.
But what does a “good” lawyer mean in the grand scheme of things? Read on to learn about some of the qualities you’re going to want to consider when it comes to choosing a semi-truck accident lawyer.
Also, at the end of the day, try not to break the bank for the perfect lawyer. You want protection as the perpetrator or the victim, sure, but you also don’t want to end up in poverty trying to win the claim.
It should be noted that all accident lawyers are not created equal, and you should do your due diligence when it comes to researching them. All truck accident attorneys are going to have different qualifications and skills, so make sure to choose the one that seems like they’ll be the most beneficial for you.
This one may seem like a bit of a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t factor this element as strongly as they should when it comes to choosing an auto accident lawyer.
You’re going to want to make sure that whatever lawyer you choose will have some experience under their belt. Although a completely green lawyer may be able to plead your case, it’s better to have the security of a well-established lawyer.
Having said that, you do not need to hire a lawyer who exclusively has experience handling truck accidents, but they should be aware of the stakes and what they need to do to help your case.
Small things, such as the statute of limitations or the precise distance required to be between trucks on the road – information that you may not know off the top of your head. There are special laws that govern the trucking industry and these are important for your lawyer to be aware of.
As touched upon, make sure you’re not breaking the bank or spending all of your savings on trying to find the perfect lawyer. Luckily, most lawyers who deal with semi-truck accidents will only charge you once you receive your settlement, and at that point, they’ll take a percentage of whatever money you gained.
This means that a good lawyer is likely trying to get the most money from the insurance company – which is excellent – as that means they’ll be receiving more pay, too.
Just make sure you discuss the lawyer’s rates before signing on with them so that you’re not surprised later when you lose your settlement to pay for your lawyer.
3.) Good Reviews
When it comes to hiring someone who will work with you and try to plead your case, you should be choosing the best person to help you. It may seem weird, but don’t just choose the first one that crops up and makes you feel good.
Just as if you’re trying to pick out dinner, check out whatever lawyer testimonials and reviews you can find for your prospective lawyer. Based on what other customers say, gauge how you’re feeling. If you see or read anything that raises a red flag, listen to your gut and stay away from that lawyer.
4.) Success Rate
It can be very helpful – and it is essential – to check and see that you hire a successful truck accident lawyer. Keep in mind that you’re going to want a lawyer who has a higher success rate than a failure rate. You’re trying to get a lawyer who will protect you and your interests. The success rate will help determine how good or bad a lawyer might be for your specific needs.
If a prospective lawyer isn’t willing to give you that information, that is an instantaneous red flag, and you should probably avoid that person.
Determination To Get A Good Settlement
At the end of the day, no matter which insurance company you’re working with, they’re going to try and get your case handled as quickly and cheaply as possible. No matter what they want to do, they’re going to try and force you into fast, low-cost settlements that will hardly leave you with enough food to eat a snack after you pay all your lawyer and court fees.
Make sure that you find a lawyer who knows how to get a successful truck accident claim. This is someone won’t take the first settlement offer. Make sure that whoever you choose will fight against the insurance company to ensure that you get paid a fair amount of compensation.
You need to find a client who will care for you and your needs, rather than one who is just trying to make a quick buck and who will forget your face within minutes of leaving the settlement room.
Keeping these ideas in mind will go a long way towards helping you find a lawyer who will sit in your corner and fight for you. The experienced Pennsylvania Truck Accident Attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt will fight for you with over 30 years of truck accident experience, and hundreds of victorious cases. Call (866) 333-7715, or fill out our form here for a free consultation on your semi-truck accident case!