California is state whose lifeblood is its freeways. With freeways comes accidents. With accidents comes lawyers. Some of them are brilliant, while others are mediocre. How does a person who’s been in an accident and who’s recovering from whatever trauma it inflicted on them find the best San Diego auto accident attorney? Following are three tips to finding the best accident lawyers.
1 – Shop Around
First, the client should not be in a rush. Litigation may take a long time in an accident case, so they should really search for the best accident lawyers. The client should look for an accident lawyer in much the same way they would look for a doctor or any other professional. First, they would ask people they know, like coworkers, friends or family members if they know a good auto accident attorney. Another good bet is to ask a lawyer that they know who practices in the area, as lawyers tend to know and socialize with each other. When the client has a list of of names they might check the bar association and the bar association of other states to make sure that the lawyer isn’t being sued for malpractice or any other crime or misdemeanor that could cast aspersions on the way they practice law. They can also look up a lawyer in the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory and other legal directories. Some of these directories are on-line.
2 – Interview
Most car accident lawyers will offer a potential client a free consultation. Again, the client should take their time. They should ask how long the lawyer has been practicing accident law and if they’ve ever taken on a case that resembles the clients. If they have, the client should ask how cases has the lawyer handled and what the outcomes were. They should also make sure that the lawyer is licensed to practice and that they attended and graduated from an accredited law school. They shouldn’t be afraid to ask how the lawyer charges. Some charge by the hour, some charge a flat fee and some charge a contingent fee. The client should also feel comfortable with the lawyer and get the impression that the lawyer truly wants to take their case.
3 – Keep in Touch
The lawyer a client chooses might be quite busy, but they should be able to get back to the client in a timely manner. The lines of communication should be kept open between the lawyer and client. Both should avoid keeping knowledge from the other that can impact the case. This is the best way for the lawyer to best serve and represent their client.