Before Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer, Ask These Questions By Jackson Reed on March 05, 2024

a couple sitting behind a laptop consulting an attorneyCar accidents in Houston, TX, are common and often result in serious injuries. Being involved in a car accident can be a confusing time and being injured can make matters worse. Having a car accident lawyer on your side can help you get the maximum settlement for your injuries and damages whether that be through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit. 

At Reed & Terry, LLP, our car accident lawyers serve Sugar Land, TX, Katy, TX, and RichmondTX, navigating accident victims through the process of recovering compensation for their injuries and losses. Our attorneys can help you in your time of need. 

If you have been involved in a car accident and are considering hiring a car accident lawyer, we recommend asking these questions to find the right match.  

What Is Your Experience with Car Accident Cases?

It’s important that an attorney representing you in a car accident case has experience with car accident lawsuits. Asking them what their experience is with car accident cases should be one of the first things you discuss. 

A car accident attorney should be knowledgeable in relevant laws and have an understanding of what evidence should be gathered to build a strong case. 

How Are Your Fees Structured?

When hiring an attorney, you need to know how their fees are structured. Some firms work for a flat rate. When a flat rate is charged, it often means you’ll pay attorney fees even if you don’t win your case. 

Another option is looking for a practice that works on contingency, like Reed & Terry, LLP. Attorneys that work on contingency only get paid if they obtain a verdict or settlement. When attorneys work on a contingency basis, they have more incentive to obtain the maximum settlement for you. 

Is My Case Worth Taking Legal Action?

An attorney shouldn’t guarantee they can win your case, but they should be able to advise whether your case is worth taking legal action. Based on a review of the details surrounding your claim, an attorney should have a good idea of what outcomes you might expect and which legal options are best for your situation. 

What Types of Damages Might I Recover?

Although an attorney shouldn’t promise they can get you a certain settlement amount, asking an attorney what types of damages you might be able to recover can help determine whether you should hire them and pursue legal action. 

Some types of damages that may be recovered include:

  • Hospital expenses
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

What Is Your Success Rate at Trial?

Don’t be afraid to ask any attorney you’re considering hiring about their success rate at trial. Although it’s possible to reach a settlement before going to trial, it’s important to work with an attorney who has a high success rate in both pretrial and trial settlements. At Reed & Terry, LLP, our attorneys have obtained successful outcomes for thousands of car accident cases and will work tirelessly for you.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are looking for a car accident lawyer, the attorneys of Reed & Terry, LLP are available to answer your questions. We welcome you to contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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At Reed & Terry, LLP, our personal injury attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience providing high-quality representation to clients throughout Texas. Our firm is proudly affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association

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