Ultimately you want to find an attorney that you can be comfortable with. To help you find the right attorney for your case, here are nine questions that may provide you with the eye-opening responses you need.
Do you specialize in helping victims of drunk driving crashes?
A crash caused by someone under the influence of alcohol is very different from a normal accident between two law-abiding citizens. Because of the differences, you need someone who specifically concentrates on these types of crashes. While handling a normal car accident, your lawyer will work with the insurance adjuster to show that you were not at fault for the collision, and help you get the maximum settlement. He may also negotiate pain and suffering costs on your behalf. For a drunk driving crash, more goes on in negotiations. A special type of investigation must be done to help you win your case against the person who struck you. In a drunk driving crash investigation, your lawyer must know the type of evidence to look fro that will benefit your case. This evidence includes items such as sobriety test results, field test results, videos, photographs, and more. Juries do not like drunk drivers. They are happy to punish to the fullest people who put others' lives at risk. When a lawyer is effective at demonstrating to and convincing the jury of the dangers of drunk driving, you win. This is a critical element that has the hardest hitting impact on the outcome of your case. The harder your attorney pushes drunk driving risks and consequences, the better the outcome you receive.
What are some of your past results?
Ask an attorney about the results he has achieved in the drunk driving cases he represented for past clients. This will show you what he considers a winning settlement and give you a better idea of what you can expect when working with that attorney on your case. If the attorney dodges the question or does not want to show past case results for any reason, he may not be proud of what he has accomplished for past clients.
Do you treat drunk driving crashes the same as normal auto accident claims?
A drunk driving crash has clear differences from a normal car accident. The investigation is different. The damages you can collect are different. The way you pursue these damages in court is different. Many attorneys fail to recognize how critical this is to the settlement. Talk to your lawyer about the strategy he plans to take. Ask about how he will treat your case differently than he would approach another collision between two sober drivers. He may tell you that he knows and understands the difference between a drunk driving crash and a normal auto accident case, but when you begin discussions with him, you may be surprised at his responses. Knowing the strategy a lawyer plans to take helps you understand if he intends to treat your case as a normal auto accident claim.
Do you pursue drunk driving crashes to the maximum limits?
Pursuing a claim to the maximum limits takes work. This requires a dedicated lawyer who is ready and willing to spend the time and resources necessary to gather the evidence and plan a strong case to present to the jury. Talk to your attorney about how he plans to pursue your drunk driving crash to the maximum limit. Get to know the steps he will take to ensure that you receive all of the money to which you are entitled. when you begin discussing how he plans to help you win the maximum possible, you can get a better understanding of the extent to which he plans to work for you, and how he plans to work for you, and how he plans to pursue your case. If your attorney claims that you may not be able to receive the maximum limits available to you, this may be a red flag. Some attorneys try to convince you that something is wrong in your case, and you may not be able to receive all of the money you know is available. If your attorney tries to say that your case is too challenging and that there is no way to overcome these challenges to get you the maximum in your case, it may not be the right fit.
Have you written any educational material on this type of collision?
As an accident victim, you want information that will help you understand your case and what you are entitled to after an accident. This information is critical to your case as it allows you to know what your lawyer needs from you to present the strongest case possible to the jury. Some educational materials your attorney may provide include blog posts, library articles, books, and reports. An attorney who looks out for your best interest and want you to have a wining settlement will also refer you to third-party resources that can help you cope with the pain you endured as a result of the accident, so that you can get the best outcome possible. With the educational materials written by (and provided by) your attorney, you can get the answers you need to help make the best decisions for you and your case. When a lawyer openly provides you with these educational materials, a certain level of trust can be established. You know that he is looking out for your best interest, and you know that he is ready to provide you with the information necessary to help win your case.
Have you appeared on television?
Ask a lawyer if he has appeared on any television shows. If he has, you will know that their experience is credible enough to be used a s reference on television.
What is the strategy you will use when representing me?
There are a number of strategies lawyers can use to argue your case and help you get the winning settlement you deserve. Some strategies are stronger and more effective than others. What is important is to determine the exact process your lawyer will use. This will help you find an attorney who will give you confidence to have working on your case. Talking to the lawyer you interview about his strategy is often an eye-opening discussion. You may learn new tactics to prove fault in your case that you did not know could appear. The strategy that your lawyer uses to overcome any challenges presented in your case and help presented in your case and help you get the winning settlement you deserve is critical to your future. Find a lawyer who has a strategy not only to get you a winning settlement, but also to help you get the maximum in punitive damages for your case. This is critical because it allows you to receive all of the damages available to you while holding the drunk driver who caused your accident accountable for his actions. In addition, it helps prevent future drunk driving accidents by that driver by forcing him to take responsibility for his decisions.
Will you be the one working on my case, and will I have access to you as my attorney throughout the process?
This is perhaps one of the most important questions to have answered. When you go through something as personal and important for the future of you and your family, you want to know that you have a professional in your corner ready to answer any questions you may have throughout your case. You should always meet the lawyer that you will work with throughout your case. Then, you should be able to have access to that lawyer for the duration of your case. A reputable lawyer is passionate about what he does, and is open to helping clients get the best experience with their law firm after such a traumatic event. No matter what your needs are, it is important to specify how you and your lawyer will communicate throughout your case.
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