If you’ve been in a Boulder motor vehicle accident, then you know all about the stress that comes with sorting out the aftermath, especially if you think you have a personal injury claim. Unfortunately, an injury case can make matters even more stressful because you’ll have to find a lawyer.
While there are many great car accident lawyers in your area, picking the right one for your case can turn into its own ordeal. Knowing which auto accident attorney to choose can feel like a guessing game unless you or someone you know have been in this position before. So, to help you narrow down your options and find the best car accident lawyer for your case, these are the top five characteristics that I recommend looking for.
Before you do anything, make sure that you’re looking for a lawyer who represents car accident victims, not the insurance companies. To do this, you should focus on lawyers who are members of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA). In my experience, the best car accident lawyers in Louisiana, Texas, and Colorado are members of their state associations.
In Colorado, the trial lawyers have regular meetings to discuss the latest decisions out of our courts. They’re also members of a listserv, which instantaneously communicates what’s happening in courtrooms where other members are busy litigating accident and injury claims.
Most importantly, the trial lawyer associations advocate their state legislatures to pass laws that help injured people obtain justice in their state courts. If you’re looking for the best car accident lawyer in Boulder, make sure they’re a member of the trial lawyers association, at a bare minimum.
This will ensure you’re working with someone who’s passionate about getting you the justice you deserve. If you want to see if someone’s a member of the CTLA or if you’re looking for a list of CTLA members, click here.
Car accident claims are often complex. Just because a personal injury lawyer has worked on car accident cases in the past, that doesn’t mean they’re prepared to handle yours. Before you partner with a car accident attorney, make sure that they have experience with a case like the one you have on your hands.
For instance, I’ve handled countless different types of car accidents, from fender benders to hit-and-run truck fatalities. You would be shocked by what that experience allows me to add to a case when someone calls me. I know whom to contact, what questions to ask, and what path to follow to get my client’s substantial settlements.
An experienced attorney adds so much to a case that it’s worth taking the time to find someone who knows how to handle your wreck. Trust me; it’s better to call someone who’s handled a case like yours before than it is to educate them or wait for them to educate themselves.
Before you choose an attorney, you’ll want to know what kind of person they are. One of the best ways to find out is to call them. See if you can reach them on the phone or if their secretary screens all their calls. This won’t tell you everything about an attorney, but it will give you a preview of what working with them will be like.
If you can reach the attorney, see if they talk to you like a human being and if you can relate to them. If they’re spouting off names of cases that you’ve never heard of or trying to prove that they’re smarter than you, hang up immediately and go to your next choice.
Client relationships are one of the biggest indicators of whether or not an attorney is going to be the best lawyer for your case. When you’re searching for legal representation, read their reviews. When you do this, you are looking for one thing: can you trust this person?
Once you sign a contract, you need to be sure that the person you’ve hired knows what they’re doing, will work hard, and will be honest with you. This is, especially in big cases, an intimate relationship, and it’s critical that you can trust your lawyer.
One of the best ways to find reliable reviews is to look at the 2,3, and 4-star ratings on Google. Unless there are a lot of them, 1- and 5-starreviews will only tell you about the people who were either angry or really happy with their settlement offer. However, the middle reviews are often the most honest. They’ll tell you what working with, waiting on, and trusting the attorney is like.
Hopefully, looking for the best car accident lawyer you can find is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, so you’ll want to take your time and find the right person for the job. One final way to do that is to get personal and ask the attorney for a reference since reviews will only tell you so much.
I’ve been doing this for 35 years, and I probably have over 100 of my past clients’ phone numbers in my cell phone. If your lawyer can’t give you a couple of references for similar cases, consider finding someone else. This may be a sign that they don’t have good long-term relationships with their clients or that they don’t have as much experience as they led you to believe.
If you’ve read all five of my suggested steps for finding the best lawyer near you and are still not sure whom to select, why not make things easy on yourself? Call me. If you reach my secretary, ask to speak directly with me and I’ll personally talk to you about your case.
I know that dealing with medical bills and the pain and suffering that come from a car accident can be challenging. I also know how time consuming it can be to search for the right attorney. I will be happy to give you the names of excellent trial lawyers who could represent you based on the type of accident you’ve been in.
Of course, if it’s something that I can do well, something that I’ve done before, and something I can add value to, I’ll give you my pitch and explain why my firm and I can help you. However, there will be no obligation whatsoever to hire us.
Whatever the outcome, I want you to get the justice you deserve without a long, drawn-out process. If you give us a call, my team and I will do everything we can to make your decision easy.