If you’ve been in a truck accident in Chicago, and you’re reading this, you already know that the best way to get a fair settlement is to find a lawyer that specializes in truck accidents. Let’s look at some steps you can take to make sure you find the best truck accident attorney in Chicago.

Do I Need to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney in Chicago?

If your accident happened in Chicago, you should hire a truck accident attorney that works in Chicago, because they will be familiar with all the local and state laws and statutes. Having experience in the geographical area where the accident happened will help a great deal. They will also be closer to you, which is important since you will have appointments at their office.

Should I Go with a Lawyer that a Friend Recommends?

There are basically three ways you can get a referral to find an attorney near you. One method is to ask people you know. Make sure that the area of expertise is Truck Accident Cases. You need someone that specializes in this type of case.

You can inquire with the State Bar Association, who should be able to give you some names in Chicago that you can consider. You can also check and make sure that the attorney you are considering is in good standing with the Illinois State Bar Association.

A third way to find a lawyer is to ask another lawyer. If you used someone for a divorce, or estate planning, for example. They would not be a good choice for your truck accident claim, but they will probably know the best attorney for you.

How Will I Pay for an Attorney?

A personal injury attorney that specializes in truck accident cases will offer you a free consultation. They will get paid after you receive your settlement. The percentage will be agreed upon at the initial consultation. If you don’t like what you hear, schedule another consultation and find the right attorney for your case.

What Should I Ask the Lawyer at the Consultation?

Verify that the attorney specializes in truck accident cases. What’s their success rate with these cases? Will the lawyer that you’re meeting with do all the work on your case, or can you meet the other people that will work on it? Can they estimate the size of your claim? What percentage will they be working for? How long have they been in practice? Have they ever done legal work for a trucking company or truck driver? Consider the answers that you get from these questions. When you are comfortable with the answers, it’s time to sign an agreement to have the attorney represent you.

What Do I Need to Do After I Sign with an Attorney?

Now, just let your attorney run the show, and they will tell you what they need. You don’t have to worry about knowing all the right things to do. They will help you and guide you through the whole process.

By: Stephen Phillips

Stephen D. Phillips is the managing partner at the Phillips Law Offices in Chicago. He earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola University in 1985 and his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1981. He is an extensively published writer and sought-after lecturer on legal topics ranging from medical malpractice to tort reform. Mr. Phillips is also the recipient of a number of awards and honors from various legal and community groups.