There are slip-and-falls, trip-and-falls, defamation, medical malpractice, wrongful death, products liability, aircraft accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, police brutality, assault, battery and more. But the top of the personal injury lawsuit list remains the car accident. If you are injured in an automobile accident, you are likely able to recover compensation for your injuries and any damage, property and more. A Wasilla Car Accident Attorney is able to help you do this.
The best way to find a quality Wasilla Car Accident Attorney is through a referral. Someone referred by a person you know and trust is likely to establish comfort for you, the client, at the outset, as you will already know they have done a good job for someone else.
Indeed, attorney advertisements are often not the best leads. Television commercials, radio ads, advertising boards, trains ads, internet ads, etc. often violate laws themselves, a fact that could actually disqualify these attorneys from the beginning.
For example, Alaska Professional Conduct Rule 7.1 provides that it shall be unlawful to:
If you see an attorney performing any of the above acts, they are not likely the best to hire, as they either do not know the law (a red flag) or do not care to comply with it (another red flag).
After you decide to meet with an attorney, there are certain qualities you should look for. First, they should listen and explain everything clearly, from the contents of the retainer agreement to trial, and beyond. Next, if you offer suggestions or ask questions, they will provide thought-out reasons for why they accept or reject what you suggest. Third, the best attorneys comply with their ethical obligations and apprise you of every settlement offer made, along with an explanation of the positives and negatives of each. Finally, these attorneys will always act in your interest rather than their own.
Effective attorneys have quality relationships with judges, courtroom personnel and adversarial attorneys, such relationships often translating into more rewarding and quicker settlements.
The better attorneys encourage honesty from you and are honest with you. This is important because negative circumstances must be considered and strategized against in order to achieve the greatest award at trial. Indeed, there is no perfect claim.
Top attorneys will also understand the important rules promulgated by the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles. If you are involved in an automobile accident, a person is required to (1) assess the damage to your vehicle and the other vehicles involved, (2) exchange information with the other driver(s) including, the other driver's name, phone number, address, license plate number, driver's license number, and insurance company name, (3) submit a Certificate of Insurance within 15 days, (4) contact the local police department (or Alaska State Troopers, if appropriate) and (5) mail in an Alaska Motor Vehicle Crash Form to the Alaska DMV. The Wasilla Car Accident Attorney you retain should know all this and how to handle it if you did not do one or more of these requirements.
In addition, a quality attorney will seek out as many defendants as possible from which monies may be recovered. Such defendants for your auto accident may include:
Looking at the above, it is patently clear that in any situation where you were injured as result of another driver’s wrongful acts, or the negligence of a person responsible for a road’s safety, there is too much to know for the untrained person. As such, retaining an attorney to draft and file the complaint, serve the complaint, answer the complaint, conduct the discovery process, conduct depositions, draft papers for motion practice, perform a trial, maintain time deadlines, prosecute appeals, collect money after trial and so on, is a must if you want to achieve the maximum amount of compensation. A Wasilla Car Accident Attorney is able to handle all of the above for you.