When you need help recovering after a truck accident, your choice of legal representation matters. You will need a lawyer to assert your legal rights, and you will need to feel confident that your lawyer is capable of helping you recover just compensation.
So, how do you choose?
When choosing a truck accident lawyer, there are several factors you should consider. You should not simply choose the first lawyer you find. Instead, you should do some research and, when you find an attorney or law firm that you think might be right for you, you should schedule a free initial consultation so that you can speak with a lawyer one-on-one.
The truck accident lawyers at Ventura Law have extensive experience serving clients in complex trucking claims. We have multiple offices in Connecticut (Danbury, Bridgeport, Hartford, and Norwalk), as well as an office in New York.
What to Look For in a Truck Accident Lawyer
The following are seven important factors to consider when choosing a truck accident lawyer in Connecticut or New York:
1. A Plaintiffs’ Lawyer or Law Firm
Some law firms represent plaintiffs, some represent defendants, and some represent both. When you need help recovering your losses after a truck accident, you need to know that your lawyer is 100% on your side. As a result, you want to choose a law firm that exclusively represents accident victims – not the companies that are responsible – and that will fight aggressively to help you win maximum compensation.
2. A Team of Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers
In order to take on the trucking company’s team of defense lawyers, you need a team of your own. When seeking legal representation, it is important to look for not just a lawyer, but a law firm that has what it takes to represent you effectively.
Winning a truck accident case takes a lot of work, and it requires a significant amount of time. You need to know that you have a team working to make sure you recover the compensation you deserve.
3. Prior Results in Truck Accident Cases
When your recovery is on the line, you need to know that your lawyer has been there before. With this in mind, it is important to learn about the lawyer’s (or law firm’s) past results in truck accident claims and other traumatic injury cases.
While prior case results do not guarantee future success, they do demonstrate the ability to help clients successfully recover their losses.
4. Positive Client Reviews
Speaking of clients, what do past clients of the firm have to say about their experience? In addition to needing a lawyer who can help you win, you also need a lawyer who will communicate with you on a regular basis and provide individualized legal service.
Too often, lawyers forget that they are working for real people who need real help in real times of crisis. The lawyer you choose should have a long history of favorable client reviews, and you should feel comfortable speaking with him or her from your first phone call.
5. A Client-First Approach
Some lawyers work nine-to-five, and that is when they make themselves available to their clients. Of course, if you work nine-to-five, this doesn’t really work for you.
When choosing a law firm, you want to select one that takes a client-first approach. This means having lawyers who are available to talk 24 hours a day. It also means always doing what is best for the firm’s clients, whether that means answering questions, discussing settlement offers in detail, or preparing to go to trial.
6. Contingency-Fee Representation
When you have a truck accident claim, your law firm should represent you on a contingency-fee basis. This means that you should not have to pay anything upfront, you should never receive a monthly legal bill, and your lawyers’ fees will be calculated as a percentage of your settlement or award.
7. Willingness to Go to Trial
If you need to recover your losses after a serious or fatal truck accident, you need to know that your lawyer is prepared to go to trial if necessary. Even if your goal is to settle as quickly as possible for a fair amount, you – and your lawyer – need to be prepared for the possibility of going to court.
If a fair settlement is not on the table, you will need to keep fighting. You also need to know that your lawyer has the trial experience to take your case to verdict.
Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in a truck accident or your loved one was seriously hurt or killed in a collision with an 18-wheeler, it is important to choose an experienced attorney to handle your claim. At Ventura Law, we help clients navigate their rights and pursue the compensation they deserve.
Please call Ventura Law at (203) 800-8000 today for a free consultation. Our truck accident lawyers serve clients in and around Danbury, Bridgeport, Hartford, Norwalk, and other areas of Connecticut, as well as New York.