Questions to Ask before Hiring a Truck Accident Lawyer

Have you recently been involved in an accident involving your semi truck, or were you involved with an accident in which the other driver was in a semi or other commercial truck? If you're going to be involved in an upcoming lawsuit, you'll be needing a lawyer. Before hiring any truck accident attorney, here are some questions you should consider asking him or her:

Where are you licensed to practice law? If you were involved in an accident in another state besides the one you live in or if the other party lives in a different state than you do, the situation could become complex. Your truck accident attorney will need to be licensed for the jurisdiction in which the lawsuit is filed. If the other party files a lawsuit in New Jersey, but your attorney is only licensed to practice in New York, you will have to go through the lawyer selection process again. If you suspect that a lawsuit could be filed in another state, try to find a lawyer who can work in the other state as well as your own.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit? If you need more time to gather evidence such as medical bills and police reports, it's important to know what your deadline is for filing. This deadline, known as the statute of limitations, will vary from state to state. It will also vary depending on the exact type of lawsuit that you plan to file. Some states may only give you a year to file a lawsuit while others may give you several years. A good truck accident attorney will be able to tell you how much time is left before you're no longer able to file.

Do I have a good case? A good lawyer will be able to tell you your chances of successfully pursuing a lawsuit. If he or she says that there is no chance that you will lose, consider looking elsewhere for legal advice. A truthful lawyer will be able to list potential hang-ups and will let you know what you can do, if anything, to maximize your chances of successfully winning the case. Since some lawyers will only take cases that they think are a guaranteed win instead of an uphill courtroom battle, you should also consider seeking a second or third opinion if you are told that this case has little chance of success.