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Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Car Accident Lawyer

Have you ever considered what would happen if you were in a car accident? If you or your loved one has been in a car accident, it is in your best interest to hire a car accident lawyer.

An experienced and skilled car accident lawyer knows how to expedite the claims process, medical treatment, and vehicle repair or replacement. They also ensure that you receive the necessary compensation you deserve.  

How do you find the right lawyer to represent your case? And is the case worth pursuing? These are the type of questions to ask before you hire your lawyer. 

Here are the key questions you have to ask before hiring a car accident lawyer

How Many Car Accidents Has The Lawyer Handled in Alberta?

This is important, especially if you’ve been involved in an accident when driving someone else’s car. A lawyer who has not handled such cases will not be the best lawyer to represent your case. 

It should go without saying that you should always meet your lawyer and decide if you’ll be able to work well together. You’ll want to ensure that you are comfortable with the individual working on your case and that they are familiar with the kind of personal injury claim you have. 

Your lawyer should assure you that they have handled cases like yours with positive results. If they do not appear confident, move on to your next option.

How Long Will It Take for Your Case to Achieve the Best Resolution? 

A good car accident lawyer should review your case, studying all the possibilities, for example, if an out-of-court settlement is convenient, how long the court case could take, among other options. This information will guide you towards the best course of action to take. 

Some cases go on for years, and if the compensation is not substantial, they are not worth thriving on. 

More often than not, car accident cases take years, not months, to conclude. Suppose your lawyer is not honest with you about the length of the process. In that case, you’re either not getting the attention you deserve, or they don’t have the experience to understand the personal injury legal process. 

How Will I Know If I Have A Strong Car Accident Case or Not?

How Will I Know If I Have A Strong Car Accident Case or NotAsk yourself: Who caused the accident? Were you injured? Was anyone else injured? Do you have sufficient evidence? 

Request that your lawyer provides you with a case assessment. This assessment should cover the following: 

  • The estimated time to resolve your case
  • Whether the trial is likely to happen
  • How much you could be compensated

More Helpful Information Related to Car Accidents in Alberta

How To Talk To A Car Accident Lawyer

  • Have a printed list of your questions.
  • Have all accident-related evidence and documents.
  • Be professional.
  • Don’t feel intimidated.
  • Don’t be afraid to not agree on working with the lawyer

What To Do At The Scene Of A Car Accident

  • Determine and calculate the extent of damage or injuries
  • Contact the police
  • Limit conversation about the accident with the other person
  • Get the facts of your car accident

What Not to Do After A Car Accident

  • Fleeing the scene
  • Not calling the police
  • Neglecting proper documentation
  • Admitting fault
  • Denying any injury
  • Not contacting a car accident lawyer

Get the legal assistance you deserve by choosing a competent and experienced car accident lawyer in Alberta. Call Diamond & Diamond Lawyers today at 1-800-567-HURT.

Pro Tip

Do not sign a “quick-hit” release from the insurance companies. Make sure to heal and complete the whole course of treatment before signing anything.

What is the Structure of the Car Accident Lawyer’s Fees?

The fees of car accident lawyers are typically structured according to the lawyer’s preference: some do, however, charge hourly rates, and others prefer a flat rate.   

It is recommended to agree on a contingency fee payment to ensure that your lawyer does everything possible in your case. A contingency payment structure means that your lawyer will be paid based on the level of their performance. This will encourage them to win the case with maximum remuneration so they can be paid more.  

Please note if your lawyer agrees on a contingency payment, you will still be liable for additional fees for: 

  • Requesting records
  • Filing
  • Court expenses
  • Other expenses relating the case

FAQs on Hiring A Car Accident Lawyer in Alberta

Should I Still Get a Lawyer Even if It Was A Minor Accident?

Yes. Even if the car accident is minor, you should hire a lawyer. Depending on how the accident happened, the extent of vehicle damage and personal injury, it is best to hire a lawyer, even for a minor accident. Remember, a minor car accident can turn into a major lawsuit.

How Do I Maximise My Car Accident Settlement?

To maximize your car accident settlement, make sure you do the following:

  • Collect and preserve evidence
  • Seek medical treatment
  • Remember future damages
  • Negotiate

How Much Time Do I Have After My Accident to Decide If I Want To Sue?

Every state varies when it comes to the time you have to file a lawsuit. The limitation date for an adult injured in a car accident in Alberta is two years from the accident date. For minors, the limitation is extended to two years from their 18th birthday.

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