Ask These 6 Questions Before You Hire A Bicycle Accident Lawyer

No matter what kind of an accident you have been in, hiring a lawyer is a good idea. However, hiring the first lawyer you find is certainly not a good idea. When you hire someone to defend your case, it is important that they are well-educated and that they have experience in cases such as yours. In other words, it is important that you hire someone who knows what they are doing. Otherwise, you risk your case being a practice round for them. 

If you have recently been in a bicycle accident, and you are looking for a lawyer, ask yourself these 6 questions before hiring them. It will save you both time, energy and lots of money.

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  1. In which areas do you have experience?

For a lawyer to know how to represent your case well, they have to have experience in cases similar to yours. This is why hiring a lawyer who represents cyclists is the best option for you. They have extensive experience in this area and will offer the targeted focus that you need for your case. Apart from asking them about their area of expertise, ask them how many cases like yours they have dealt with and what the outcome was. After such a conversation, you will understand better whether that person is someone who you would like to represent you. 

  1. What is your success rate?

Once you find out whether the lawyer you are talking to specializes in bicycle accidents, it is time to find out whether they are worth hiring. Just because they specialize in a certain field, it does not mean that they must be good at it. So, it is important that you ask them what their success rate is. If they are a reputable lawyer, they will be transparent about this topic. They will openly talk about their achievements, as well as their failures. If they mention their failures, ask them how they would do things differently not to make the same mistakes with your case. 

  1. How will you communicate with me?

It is important to ask your lawyer how they will communicate with you through the case. For the best outcome of your case, it is important that you have a lawyer who has excellent communication skills. They will need to talk to you about all the details of the accident, as well as any witnesses that were present. So, before hiring them, make sure that they are someone who both understands you and is tenacious in seeking the justice that you deserve. Moreover, make sure to ask how often you will get updates regarding your case. That way, you will know throughout the process if everything is going according to the plan. 

  1. How will you charge me?

With all the medical bills and lost wages that occur because of a bicycle accident, the last thing you need is some more unexpected expenses. This is why it is crucial that you ask upfront how you will be charged for the services your lawyer provides you. Ask them what percentage of the compensation goes to them before signing a lawyer. And remember that you have the right to compare rates with other lawyers. However, take all the other things mentioned above into consideration before settling for a lawyer who charges the least. Sometimes paying for more expensive services pays off. 

  1. Can you explain how my case will progress?

If the lawyer you are talking to says they have a lot of experience in handling bicycle accidents, there are ways for you to check this. If they have the experience they are talking about, they will have no problem talking you through your case. Ask them about what happens first, what all the steps will be, and how long it will take before you get the compensation you deserve. If they have not really dealt with cases like yours, they will have trouble explaining these things. So, if you notice something like that, make sure to hire a different lawyer. 

  1. Will you be the one handling my case?

If the lawyer you are talking to is really nice and has a lot of experience in bicycle accidents, it is important that you check whether they will be the one handling your case. Sometimes the lawyer talking to you is the face of the firm that meets with clients. In that case, someone else from the firm will be representing you. So, to make sure that the lawyer hired for your case is someone that you like, be sure to ask this question. 

Being in a bicycle accident can be quite traumatic. To make sure you get the compensation that you deserve, you have to find a lawyer who knows what they are doing. To do so, go through the questions mentioned above, and do not be afraid to ask any other. 

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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