Vehicle accident lawyers fall into different categories. For example, one could be specialising in Motor Cars while another could be handling heavy commercial vehicles.
When you meet with an accident involving another motor vehicle, you need to take immediate action to locate a vehicle accident lawyer. There would be quite a few practising in your locality or state. These VAL’s use professional photographers among others to reconstruct the accident. They do this by taking photographs of the scene and looking for other telltale evidence like brake marks and the position of the vehicle when it knocked the victim. It is important to take quick action as the evidence could be tampered with. A snow storm or heavy shower would also wipe out the evidence.
If you are in a fit state to ask for a consultation with the VAL you should locate one quickly and ask him or her how much it would cost. Some legal firms provide free consultation while others don’t. It is always advisable to ask.
The VAL you locate, and consult must have a sound knowledge of the regulations in the state. If it is a commercial vehicle, that was involved the lawyer would need to be a specialist in that type of accident. If it is a commercial vehicle, it would most probably involve a company that is always geared to handling this type of situation.
Your lawyer must be able to act fast and deploy his team to preserve the evidence and ensure that you get a fair deal where compensation is concerned. He must be able to use his contacts with the law enforcement agencies and medical staff and build up a case where the outcome would be in your favor. Large companies are known to muscle their way in this case and avoid liability as far as possible. Your VAL must be able to withstand the pressure from these groups.
Another factor to be aware of is the negotiation of the VAL’s fee. Apart from the initial consultation he may ask for an advance that you need not agree to. It is also a good idea to get some information on how much he intends to charge you. Most VAL’s would agree to a percentage of the claim. You should agree to this proposal only if you are convinced that you could cover up your medical costs. You must also cover the cost of prolonged treatment. For instance, you may need physiotherapy.
Above all your VAL should have a sound reputation. You should check this out by talking to other clients he has successfully handled.