What are the Qualities of the Best Car Accident Lawyer in Austin?
Suffering a car accident is incredibly traumatic, and when you are dealing with mounting medical expenses, you may be unsure of where to turn. The best thing you can do after an accident is to seek advice from a reputable attorney. They will offer you some initial advice, so you know where you stand, and if you decide to continue with the representation, they will take over the entire process of claiming compensation so you can focus on your recovery.
However, if you have never required an attorney before, then choosing a law firm can feel overwhelming. Of course, at Chris Morrow, PLLC, we believe that we are the best people for the job. We are dedicated to providing the best possible service to personal injury victims so that they can feel secure in their future. We understand that all law firms claim to be the best, so we have put together a list of what to look for in the best car accident lawyers so you can make an informed decision about your next steps.
We offer a free consultation and work on a no-win no-fee basis. We believe everyone deserves the best legal representation, regardless of their financial position.
Call us at 512-520-8100 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
What Qualities to Look For in The Best Injury Lawyer
If you are a car accident victim, then you need a good car accident lawyer. Having high-quality legal representation gives you the best chance at securing a settlement that covers all of your damages, including past and future expenses and compensation for their pain and suffering.
Here are some things to consider when choosing the right attorney for your car accident case:
A good starting point is to look at independent review sites such as AVVO. AVVO rates attorneys based on reviews, previous victories, awards, and years in service. Our founding attorney, Chris Morrow, has an AVVO rating of 9.0/10 and the highest possible average client review score of 5*.
Local Law Firm
When a law firm is local to you, it will mean that they have an in-depth understanding of the state laws relevant to your case. They will also have experience working with local experts, insurance companies, courts, and Judges. A working relationship with these people can be a massive benefit.
When your attorney is local, they may have a reputation with local insurance companies. If they have a good reputation, then an insurance company may be more likely to offer a fair settlement quickly, as they know that underhanded tactics will not work.
At Chris Morrow, PLLC, our practice areas include Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, and Dripping Springs.
Focus on Personal Injury Law
Some law firms try to do it all, from criminal defense to family law. When you have the support of a law firm such as Chris Morrow, PLLC, that focuses solely on personal injury law, it means that your attorney will be helping people like you every day. All of their knowledge, experience, and resources will be of benefit to your case.
When it comes to securing maximum compensation, one of the most valuable traits of an attorney is their experience. Our founding attorney, Chris Morrow, has been helping personal injury victims in Texas since 1994, giving him nearly three decades of experience.
It is worth asking a potential attorney whether they have a track record of success in cases similar to yours. The more experience they have in cases similar to yours, the better they will be able to create a robust strategy.
The best car accident lawyers will have a full caseload; this is a sign that they are good at what they do. However, they should still have the time necessary to dedicate themselves to your case and give it the time it deserves.
While you won’t have 24/7 access to your car accident attorney, they should take the time to keep you informed about your case. If you have queries, then they should be prompt to answer them.
Fight for Maximum Compensation
It is important that your settlement covers all of your damages. As well as your economic damages, such as your lost wages, medical bills, and property damages, your non-economic damages should also be considered. Non-economic damages compensate you for things such as your pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment in life. These types of damages can be highly contentious, and an experienced attorney will give you the best chance at a fair settlement.
If your injuries are ongoing, then it is also essential that your ongoing expenses are reflected in your settlement, including your future medical expenses and lost earning capacity. While this can be difficult to establish a good, local attorney will have strong connections with experts such as medical and financial experts who can provide valuable evidence.
Only around a small percentage of personal injury cases go to trial. A trial is time-consuming and costly, so it is usually best avoided. However, it is important that your attorney is a skilled litigator as it ensures that they can handle your case regardless of what direction it takes.
In addition, insurance adjusters are often aware of which attorneys are willing to go to trial and which are not. This means that if your attorney is a skilled litigator, the insurance company may be more willing to offer a fair settlement rather than risk losing more in litigation.
Chris Morrow is known for being a fierce trial lawyer and will continue to support you regardless of whether your case involves drawn-out negotiations or litigation. He knows when to fight for a quick settlement and when to go the distance to secure a just outcome for his clients.
Contingency Fee Basis
You should find a personal injury law firm that offers a free consultation and works on a contingency fee basis. This means that you can never be left out of pocket for seeking legal representation.
At Chris Morrow, PLLC, we will review your case for free and tell you whether we believe you have a valid claim. We will advise you on your next steps, and if we do believe that it stands a good chance of success, then we will offer our services. You are under no obligation to continue and may choose to walk away at this point.
If you do decide to continue, then we will agree upon a flat percentage of your eventual settlement. There are no hidden costs or surprise fees. If your case does not succeed, then we will not receive anything.
Car accidents are traumatic experiences, and when you are left with injuries that affect your daily life, it can be an overwhelming experience. Your attorney should be understanding; they should be fighting for compensation while also considering your recovery.
Car accident claims can take a year or more to resolve, and you may have to spend significant time with your attorney. Therefore it is important that you feel supported and feel comfortable speaking with them. Most personal injury law firms offer free consultations so you can get a feel for your attorney before you sign up for representation.
Prepare Questions to Ask in a Free Consultation
Now that you know the qualities of the best personal injury lawyers, you might be left wondering how to determine whether a potential lawyer possesses those qualities. The best thing you can do is to seek a free consultation and to have some questions prepared. Some questions you may want to consider asking include:
- Can I see reviews from previous clients?
- Where are you based, and what areas do you cover?
- How much of your time is dedicated to personal injury law?
- Have you helped people in a similar position to me in the past?
- What would a good settlement look like in my case, and how do we get there?
- How does your fee structure work?
- How will I contact you if I have questions, and how soon can I expect a response?
- Do you have trial experience?
Additional Car Accident FAQs
Insurance companies are large profit-driven companies, and they may use underhanded tactics to reduce how much they owe you. For example, they may encourage you to admit fault or downplay your injuries. If an insurance company contacts you, then you should simply tell them that your personal injury attorney will be in touch. Once you have representation, all correspondence will go through them, so you don’t have to worry.
If you do need to speak to an insurance company, never let them record you, and stick to the brief facts of your case. In a free consultation, you will receive some advice about how to move forward.
Yes. Texas operates under modified comparative fault which means that so long as you are determined to be less than 50% at fault for the accident, you can still claim compensation. However, your settlement will be reduced to the percentage that you are determined to be at fault. For example, if your case is worth $100,000, but you are determined to be 25% at fault, it will be reduced to $75,000.
An attorney can advise you as to whether you are still owed compensation if you think you contributed to the crash. Remember, you may not have all the facts yet. Perhaps you were speeding, but the other driver could have been driving under the influence. The other party’s insurance company may try to exaggerate your fault to reduce their liability, but an experienced attorney will help protect you from these types of tactics.
If the insurance company involved in your case offers you a quick settlement, then it could be a tactic to get you to accept less than what your case is worth. Once you accept a settlement, you cannot claim anything else, even if what you receive is insufficient to cover all of your basic expenses. If you have been offered a settlement it is likely that you have a valid claim, you should seek advice from an auto accident lawyer who can tell you whether it is a good offer and advise you on your next steps.
Chris Morrow PLLC – The Attorney That Works!
At Chris Morrow, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys are waiting for your call. We are committed to supporting victims of car accidents and helping them to secure the justice they deserve.
We have a long history of success behind us and help car accident victims in Texas on a daily basis. We have working relationships with experts who will benefit your case and have worked with many of the insurance companies and courts that could be involved in your case.
Arrange a free consultation with an experienced auto accident attorney today at 512-520-8100.