Seven Tips for Hiring an Auto Accident Attorney

  • By:David Bate

Car Accident Lawyer

Prior to 1977 when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Arizona’s ban on attorney advertising, people who needed legal representation were referred to an auto accident attorney by neighbors, friends and family who had previous legal dealings with an injury attorney and had been satisfied with the representation they received. A lawyer’s reputation was golden because word of mouth was the only form of advertising sanctioned by state Bar Associations. For over 200 years, barristers, as they were identified in England, perceived themselves as public servants in a noble and respectable profession. To maintain the dignity of the profession, all forms of attorney advertising (television, radio, billboards, newsprint, yellow and white pages), and direct solicitation were strictly prohibited by State Bar Associations across America.

Although the Bar Associations of 2018 still maintain limited marketing regulations, the airwaves are ripe with auto accident attorney advertisements and victory claims that sound more like propaganda than truth. Should you hire an attorney who blasts the marketplace with billboards and full bus-wraps?

Here are a few tips to remember when hiring an auto accident lawyer:

  1. Most attorneys practice exclusively in one or two areas of the law. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, look for an attorney who has limited the majority of his or her practice to and is knowledgeable about personal injury law.
  2. Referrals from friends and family are a good place to begin your search. If you look to social media for ‘friend’ referrals, do not post any information about your accident online.
  3. Many State Bar Associations give referrals from their member list.
  4. Google ‘auto accident lawyer’ + the name of the state where the accident occurred. Read all reviews in full.
  5. Do not select an attorney based solely on a slick ad campaign. Look for substance behind the marketing campaign and a sincere desire to help you with your accident claim.
  6. Seek an auto accident attorney with an excellent reputation among his or her peers and colleagues. Some attorney profile sites publish peer-reviews.
  7. You must be able to communicate easily with your lawyer. You should feel at-ease and satisfied with the initial phone call or meeting.

Most people don’t have an auto accident attorney Indianapolis, IN relies on they can call upon when needed. But the above tips should give you some idea of where to begin your search and the qualities to look for in the attorney that will represent you in your claim for damages.

 


 

Thank you to our friends and contributors at Ward & Ward Law Firm for their insight into auto accidents and personal injury claims.

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