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4 questions to ask before hiring a truck accident lawyer

Hundreds of trucks, semi-trucks, and 18-wheelers ply the roads of California. While traffic accidents often involve passenger cars, mishaps involving these big vehicles often lead to worse consequences. If you suffered injuries in such a truck accident, consider consulting the lawyers of Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a free consultation. Working with the right attorney is imperative for your case, and before you hire someone, it is wise to ask a few questions. Here are the four pertinent questions you must ask when meeting a truck accident lawyer. 

“What do you think of my claim?”

A good attorney will be upfront and highly transparent with their clients. It often happens that a client assumes that they have a valid claim, but in reality, they are not entitled to a huge settlement as they expect. Don’t expect an experienced attorney to sugarcoat details. While no lawyer can predict the exact settlement, they can share the possible outcomes. They will also explain the factors that are likely to impact your case adversely. 

“What can you tell me about your experience working on truck accident claims?”

Only a handful of personal injury lawyers have credible experience handling truck accident claims and lawsuits. While you would expect the claim to get “settled”, it might be necessary to file a lawsuit. Find an attorney with specific experience with such cases and who has been to court. Ask the attorney if they have won such lawsuits and the maximum settlements they have won for different clients. 

“What expenses do I need to pay for? Can you explain your fee?”

Usually, truck accident lawyers work on a contingency fee. The fee depends on whether you win the case and get a settlement. If you do, the lawyer will charge a share, which could be anywhere from 30% to 40% of the final amount. There are also other expenses that the client is expected to pay, including the cost of investigating the mishap and other court-related expenditures. 

“Will you work on my case personally? Who else will be involved in the process?”

It is common for lawyers of the same firm to collaborate on a truck accident lawsuit. If that’s the case, you should know the team and have access to the attorney. If the attorney wants to pass the file to an associate, insist on meeting the new lawyer in person. 

Don’t wait for long to contact a truck accident lawyer!

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