Preparing for Your Meeting With a Car Accident Attorney

Date: May 8, 2024
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Meeting with an attorney is not just a step but a significant milestone in your car accident case; it marks the beginning of your journey toward financial compensation. The conversation you have with the lawyer is crucial, as it helps you decide whether you want to work with them in the future. Despite dealing with car accident injuries, it is important to prepare for this meeting.

You may meet with the attorney in person or schedule a virtual meeting with them. Either way, there are certain things that you may need to show to the attorney during your initial conversation with them, including:

  • Any evidence that you have about the car accident, such as pictures and video camera footage.
  • Contact information of the witnesses who saw what happened.
  • Medical records that evidence the scope and extent of your injuries.
  • Earnings information from your work to show how much wages you lost.

Documenting the Details of the Accident

Before meeting with a car accident lawyer, it is essential to take control of your situation by documenting the details of the accident. This includes gathering all evidence you have, such as pictures and contact information for witnesses. Being able to recall and cite the basic facts of the accident can also strengthen your case for financial compensation.

Questions to Ask a Car Accident Lawyer

During the meeting, you want to understand your attorney’s experience and how they may represent you during your case. Accordingly, you should ask about the following:

  • Their philosophy of litigation.
  • Whether that handles similar cases before.
  • Courtroom experience.
  • Who will contact you, and which attorney will handle your case.
  • How much your case may be worth.

What to Expect When Meeting With a Car Accident Lawyer?

Remember that your lawyer will also decide whether to work with you. Since they will likely be working on a contingency basis, they must be convinced you have a viable legal case. Your lawyer will have questions about the facts of your accident. While you are not expected to present the facts to your attorney as they would in court, you should still be prepared to relay what happened in your accident cogently. Take the time to prepare and practice talking about your accident so your prospective attorney can understand the facts.

You also need to decide quickly whether to hire an attorney. You do not have much time to hire a lawyer because you will quickly lose the evidence you need to prove liability in the accident. Although you do not have to retain the first attorney you talk to, you do not have unlimited time to make the decision about who will represent you.

It is vital that you come prepared with questions that you want to ask the attorney. There are multiple purposes for a free initial consultation. Both you and the attorney are learning about each other and deciding whether you want to work together. Pay close attention to how the attorney talks to you and how they answer your questions. You will need to make key decisions in your case based on the advice your lawyer gives you. Notice whether they take the time to provide you with an explanation in terms that you can understand.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in the crash, get legal help from our New Jersey car accident lawyers at Kitrick, McWeeney & Wells, LLC. We go the extra mile for our clients. Call us today at 732-920-8383 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys. We have offices in Manasquan and Brick, New Jersey, and we serve clients in Middlesex County, Atlantic County, Mercer County, Monmouth County, and Ocean County.