If you’ve been in a car accident, there are many things going through your mind. How will I replace or repair my car? What are my medical bills going to be? Am I going to be sued? Should someone else be responsible for helping me pay for this? Whose fault is this? The answer to these and many more questions really depends on who you consider for help. A great local car accident attorney can really help you to understand and answer all these questions. But how do you choose one?
Here’s a list of 6 things to help you Choose a Car Accident Attorney in the Puget Sound.
Are They Local And Does That Matter to You?
While we can strongly suggest you consider locality when choosing a car accident attorney to help you, it’s not necessarily required. However, consider the barriers working with an out of state firm might bring up.
Being able to meet your attorney face to face is something that a lot of people consider a must, but when they call into an 800 number for the advertisement they saw on Google, they discover the attorney is not local at all. Can you imagine how this might play out?
Do you want to have to explain how I5 & I405 intersect in Everett to someone who’s never driven that stretch of road? Imagine how that’s going to complicate every single discussion you have. There are a hundred other reasons why having a local attorney can help you in what could be a very complicated legal scenario. However, it comes down to preference in the end. Perhaps even by reading this though, you’ll consider it as a question to ask when contacting different firms.
Can You Communicate with Them?
This is something you should be asking yourself regularly, can I get ahold of my attorney (or staff) when I have a question? This will bleed over into the next point (external communication), but the crux is, if you aren’t informed about your situation, claim, case, etc – you’ll never know if you’re getting good, bad, or indifferent support from your attorney. Good car accident attorneys have an effective system to communicate with clients.
Do They Commit to Answering Questions and Helping You Understand?
This article is a perfect example of what we’re talking about at this point. A good car accident attorney will help you to understand the processes you might be involved in. Sometimes that means providing in-depth answers to questions you don’t even know to ask yet and providing a place you can find them (this blog for example).
A great secondary benefit of a blog like this is that it demonstrates expertise in a conversational manner. Many websites for attorneys are flashy advertisements, with little help (unless you call the number). But a law blog like this can really help you to understand your situation, as well as your options.
It’s hard to quantify the quality of a car accident attorney, in an objective way. But you can get a lot of qualitative feedback from independent reviews. And that’s a great thing. Searching for a good local car accident attorney on AVVO, Google, or Yelp – returns reviews that can go a long way in helping you figure out who to work with.
Make sure to take a look at a couple review sites though. Some sites can be gamed, resulting in false reviews or testimonials. A reputable firm will be consistent across multiple review platforms.
Write a List of Questions
At some point, you should reach out to your short list of car accident attorneys. Perhaps with a couple questions so that you can compare apples to apples. One of the best ways to approach this is like a job interview. Have a list of 5 or so questions and ask each potential attorney the same questions. You should be able to get an idea of who resonates with you after doing this.
Whichever attorney you choose to consult with and potentially choose to represent you, you will want to make sure it’s someone you’re comfortable interacting with. Needing an attorney is stressful enough. You need to be able to trust your attorney if you’re going to get the best results from your representation. If we can leave you with this last bit of thought, in addition to the ideas above, pick someone you’re comfortable with. You may be working together for a long time and in very stressful issues.