If you were involved in a recent Michigan car accident, you may be getting letters in the mail from dozens of lawyers trying to solicit your auto accident case. Some of our car accident injury clients have reported to us that they received over a dozen attorney solicitation letters and packages in the mail just days after their accident. Many law firms even offer to represent you at a discounted fee to get your case.
These direct mail solicitation letters lead to a number of questions that you should ask before even thinking of contacting one of those accident lawyers. You should be concerned about a lawyer who contacts you directly without your permission. Here some questions you should consider:
- How did the lawyer get my home address and personal information about my Michigan car accident?
Lawyers can get your home address and information about your car accident by obtaining a copy of your traffic crash report. These are often online now and can be accessed by anyone with information about your accident. The reports contain your name, address, date of birth, and information about your car and your car insurance. Other lawyers read the news accounts about recent accidents and then you look you up using some public databases.
- Is it a good idea to hire a lawyer who is offering a discounted legal fee for your Michigan auto accident case?
While there may be some law firms you provide the same level attention to your case even when providing a discounted legal fee, the old saying “ you get what you pay for” can apply to accident lawyers as well. In our experience, many discount lawyers do not handle your no-fault claims for you and try to get a quick settlement for your case and then disappear when you need them most because your medical bills and lost wages are not being paid by the insurance company. We stick with you through thick and thin and help you throughout the entire process.
- How do I know if I am hiring the best Michigan car accident lawyer?
Like anything, you’ll need to do your research. Making a quick choice of an accident attorney does not always equate to making a best choice. You should find out if the attorney or law firm is highly rated by Martindale-Hubbell, AVVO, or other lawyer rating services. Our car accident lawyers have the highest possible rating in the legal profession. You should find out of the lawyers have won award as top attorneys, have written books on car accident cases, and have won top settlements and verdicts for their clients. You will want these answers before choosing the best car accident lawyer for your case.
- Are lawyers allowed to solicit my case by sending a letter in the mail after my car accident?
Yes. The ethics rules for lawyers allow this type of solicitation after your auto accident. Although Michigan law permits lawyers to send these letters, our law firm has found over the years that our best clients find us through their own research and from referrals from trusted friends, relatives, and professionals. We believe that this is the best way for you to find your Michigan car accident lawyer.