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What you need to know before hiring a car accident lawyer

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Being involved in a car accident can be a frightening experience. As well as being in shock, you may be injured and worried about how you are going to get to work without your car. On top of that, you know that you will have a lot of paperwork to fill out and will have to deal with the police and insurance companies. Maybe even the courts.

All of which is bound to be very stressful. Fortunately, you can easily get help if you have a car accident in Jacksonville, or anywhere else for that matter. All you need to do is to find and hire an experienced car crash lawyer.

But, you need to approach doing so in the right way. Below is some guidance to help you.

Be honest

The first thing we need to say is that you need to be honest with any lawyer you hire. If you believe you were to blame you should not admit it to anyone else, at least not initially.

But, you can, and should, tell your lawyer and explain why you think this. That way they can work out a defense that will not fall apart, as the facts are revealed by the evidence.

Your lawyer needs to have the expertise that is relevant to your case

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It is important to use a legal professional that has the right type of experience. If you were driving a light vehicle at the time of your accident, a general car crash lawyer is not what you really want. Instead, you should try to hire one that has experience of dealing with claims that involve drivers of commercial vehicles. They will understand the driver hour’s regulations and how to prove that your accident was not caused due to the fact you had been on the road for too long.

Good communication is essential for success

When looking for a lawyer make sure you hire one that you feel comfortable speaking to. Good communication is essential to accurately establish the facts of your case and progress things quickly.

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Understand their fees

Understanding how much your lawyer is planning to charge is important. Most crash lawyers will happily work on a no-win-no-fee basis. But, don’t assume that there will not be much difference in how much you will pay. The percentage of your compensation that you will need to give to your lawyer can vary widely. Your lawyer’s cut can be anywhere between 25 and 40%. So, always ask about fees before you actually hire someone.

Remember that the majority of personal injury and accident lawyers offer a free to use initial consultation service. So, there really is no need to rush the hiring process. Instead, you can sit down and prepare a list of questions, like this one, and use it to interview several lawyers and find the right one for you. The more prepared you are for your initial consultation call the better chance you will have of hiring a good lawyer. 

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But, bear in mind that the call will be a fairly short one and that the purpose of it is not to give you in-depth legal advice. The idea is for the lawyer to establish the facts of your case, so they can work out if they are a good fit for it. However, they will very likely still provide you with some useful pointers about how to handle things.

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