Car accidents happen, and can sometimes have devastating outcomes. If you are involved in an accident and suffer injury or property damage, you can file a car accident lawsuit against the other driver if it was their fault that the crash happened.
Filing a petition against the at-fault driver ensures you get compensation for your losses and injuries. But the process can be confusing and even overwhelming for an average person. There is the evidence to collect, professionals to talk to, injuries to nurse, employer to deal with (if you are working) and courtroom to face. Not to mention the insurance company, endless paperwork, high flying lawyers among other things that you will have to deal with. Working with a lawyer is the best way to streamline the process and get everything in order. Lawyers lift this entire burden off your shoulders, so you can focus on getting better.
But then again, you should know that not all lawyers are created equal – they differ based on their qualifications, area of specialization, experience, price, and trial readiness. That’s why you cannot just pick the first option that comes your way. To help point you to the right direction, here are some questions to ask your Grand Junction auto accident lawyer before bringing them on board.
What’s your specialization?
Not all lawyers are well equipped, regarding skills, to deal with Grand Junction car accident cases. You need to find one who has trained to offer such services, and preferably who has enough experience to back them up.
How much experience do you have?
A good auto accident lawyer should have enough knowledge to handle your type of case. Work with someone who has done several cases of similar magnitude as yours, and has been doing that for a while.
What do you think about my case and the possible outcome?
It’s often a good idea to hear the lawyer’s opinion about your case right off the bat. It will not only inform you of the best course of legal action to take, but will also show you the enthusiasm that they have towards your case. It’s also worth noting the possible compensation that you will receive as well as the time your case will take to settle. Often, the lawyer will use their experience to estimate this.
Are you trial ready?
A majority of car accident cases settle out of court. In fact, about 80 to 90% of all cases never make it to court. This means that many attorneys have never argued a case before the jury. Find a Grand Junction auto accident lawyer who has a reputation of going to court and winning cases. This is the only way you will ensure that the insurance company takes you seriously. Besides, you can expect much more from a lawyer who has a track record for winning than one who doesn’t.
How much do you charge?
Lawyers charge different rates for a different project. You want to find out the amount that you will pay to avoid any surprises or disappointments. Don’t forget to inquire about their payment options – whether its hourly rate or contingency fee basis.