What Should I Look for When Hiring a Truck Accident Lawyer?

Approximately 168,000 truck accidents take place every year in the United States. Given the catastrophic nature of the injuries often sustained by the occupants of the smaller vehicles, the additional tasks of gathering evidence, filling out complex paperwork, and finding a skilled lawyer can feel overwhelming. As anxious as you are to put all of these things behind you, it is important to take the time to find the right lawyer for your case. There are major differences between commercial truck and passenger vehicle accidents that can impact the outcome of your lawsuit. This makes working with a lawyer who has experience handling truck accident cases and a strong track record of success imperative to your financial future. If you were injured in a commercial truck accident through no fault of your own, consult an experienced Virginia Beach truck accident lawyer from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp right away. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. 

Qualities to Look for in a Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer

Years of Experience

The laws that apply to Virginia truck accident cases are nuanced and any one of them could have a major impact on your case. Commercial trucks are subject to numerous safety regulations, including statutory rest periods, speed, and cargo loading. A seasoned Virginia Beach truck accident lawyer will have a thorough knowledge of all current federal and state laws surrounding the trucking industry as well as experience successfully applying them to truck accident cases.  

One of the main distinctions between truck accidents and car accidents is the probability of more than one negligent party. An experienced truck accident lawyer will have the ability and resources to evaluate the circumstances leading up to your accident and perform a full investigation of the truck operator, their employer, and if necessary, the vehicle’s manufacturer. Each of these parties will be defended by groups of lawyers whose singular objective is to ensure their company does not have to make a large payout. A skilled truck accident lawyer will know how to handle this aggressive representation and negotiate a settlement that provides you with full and fair financial compensation. 

Not Afraid to Go to Court

Although more than 90% of personal injury cases settle without ever having to go to court, this is not always the case. If your lawyer is unable to get a fair settlement offer from the liable party through mediation or negotiation, make sure they will be prepared to represent you in court. Civil trials are notoriously lengthy processes that require strong litigation skills, expert witnesses, and vast resources. Knowing how to relate to and select jury members, deliver powerful statements, and communicate complex information and terminology in a manner that is easy to understand are all vital skills.

Client Testimonials

Although every trucking accident is unique and presents its own set of challenges, it is crucial to make sure that the lawyer you choose has lots of testimonials from former clients that highlight their ability to deliver winning results via either settlement or trial. When you meet with potential lawyers, ask to see the outcomes of their previous truck accident cases along with any client testimony. Rating groups, attorney organizations, and local bar associations can supply lists of truck accident lawyers along with their public ratings, years of experience, and the areas of law in which they specialize. 

No Upfront Fees

When you are unable to work and facing an ever-growing stack of medical bills related to your injury, the absolute last thing you need is to try and figure out a way to pay attorney fees. Most reputable truck accident lawyers operate on a contingency fee. This means they do not collect any fees or payment unless and until a settlement or verdict is reached. Once this happens, they will collect a previously agreed-upon percentage of your total compensation. Always ask a prospective lawyer if they follow a contingency fee schedule.

Contact an Experienced Virginia Beach Truck Accident Lawyer

The experienced Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp offer all potential clients a free consultation. During this consultation, we will examine the circumstances surrounding your accident, answer your questions, explain your rights, and help you avoid common errors that would be detrimental to the outcome of your truck accident case. Following these steps is how we secured a $3.5 million wrongful death settlement for the family of a client who died when his car was rear-ended by the negligent driver of a flatbed truck. Contact us today by calling (833) 997-1774 to schedule a free review of your truck accident. We have offices in Virginia Beach, Hampton, Portsmouth, and Norfolk.