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How to Choose a Good Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

 
Whether driving your routine commute, or heading down the street to pick up some groceries, vehicle collisions are a common incident many drivers may encounter during their lifetime. Injuries attained from a car accident can be life impacting, thus knowing how to choose a good motor vehicle accident lawyer is key to ensuring you or your family get fair compensation for your case. Regardless of who was responsible for the accident, you may be eligible to receive benefits from your insurance company or through court. Here are some things to look for when searching for a personal injury lawyer.
 
1. Specialized

Personal injury claims require a lawyer who specializes in personal injury law. Motor vehicle accidents are a common case in Ontario, with two methods of pursuing compensation: accident benefits and tort claims. Your lawyer should be able to provide guidance on which route best suits your case. Ask about what previous cases they have handled and whether they have experience with ones similar to yours.

 

2. Supportive and Fits Your Needs

Accidents result in a stressful period of time, thus a good lawyer should communicate with you throughout the process and be specific about what will be provided. If English is not your first language or you are more comfortable speaking your native tongue, consider looking for a firm that offers its services in your native language.

 

3. No Upfront Fees

A professional firm will never request pre-payments for their services and will offer a free consultation, even if you are just looking for a second opinion. Unless you win your settlement, you should not be required to pay fees. Your lawyer should also be able to explain their costs to you plainly, whether it's a percentage of the settlement or an agreed upon amount.

 

4. Can Provide Advice Remotely

Due to the nature of motor vehicle accidents, you may be hospitalized or recovering from home while you pursue legal action. Many firms specializing in these cases offer communication through remote channels such as telephone or online chat. Some attorneys, like those at Sokoloff Lawyers, offer to come to you directly –  wherever you are!

 

5. Answers Your Questions Promptly

Motor vehicle accidents require timely action, thus it is important the lawyer you choose is prompt in answering your questions. Never be afraid to bring lots of questions (even basic ones) to a potential accident lawyer. They should make you feel at ease and confident in their abilities to handle your case.

 

A good motor vehicle accident lawyer should feel like a well-educated support system that has your best interests in mind, never a pressuring salesperson looking to bank on a service fee. Take the time to do your research and shop around for a firm that best suits your needs and incident. It never hurts to book consultations or preliminary meetings with a few options before choosing the one to ultimately take on your case. The right person representing you during negotiations or trials will give you peace of mind and let you stay on a smooth road to recovery, rather than stressing over paperwork.