Do You Need A Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you’ve recently been injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as you possibly can. Why is it so important to speak with an attorney? Unlike other accident types, truck cases tend to be particularly complex and are virtually impossible to navigate effectively without the assistance of a lawyer who understands the ins and outs of personal injury law.
There are some kinds of motor vehicle accidents that don’t require the assistance of an attorney. Specifically, light vehicle crashes that neither result in injuries nor significant property damage tend to be straightforward enough and low-stakes enough that accident victims may be able to negotiate insurance matters successfully without a lawyer’s help. However, injurious crashes that involve large commercial trucks are – virtually without exception – complex enough that victims need a lawyer’s assistance to navigate their aftermath successfully.
As an experienced Richmond, VA truck accident lawyer – including those who practice at MartinWren, P.C. – can confirm, most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations to any accident injury victims who are interested in learning more about their rights and options under the law. Scheduling a free consultation with at least one law firm will allow you to understand how an attorney will manage your case. It’s generally a good idea to consult with a few law firms so that you can see which firm’s approach fits your needs.
Once you arrive for your consultation, you can expect to spend some time telling an attorney about the circumstances that led to your crash and your impressions of your experience during and immediately after impact. Although it can be difficult to retell a story that has resulted in genuine trauma, it is important to relay your experience to an attorney. Without this information, they won’t be able to provide you with an objective assessment of whether you have grounds upon which to file legal action or not.
After you’ve told your story and answered the lawyer’s questions, you’ll be given the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns. The lawyer should give you a strong sense of what your rights and options are, in addition to a strong sense of how the law firm operates. This part of the consultation will allow you to clarify expectations both for your case and for your attorney-client relationship moving forward.
The primary goal you’ll have when attending your consultation is the ability to walk out of the firm’s offices empowered to make some informed decisions about your next steps. This isn’t to say that a lawyer will be able to answer every question with absolute certainty. It’s possible that they will need to investigate your case before they can answer all of your questions with authority. However, you should feel more confident about moving forward after leaving a consultation or the lawyer you’ve interviewed might not be the best fit for you and your case.