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Subject: Re: Questions to ask a lawyer Date: 11/12/2012 9:39 AM
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I know that some who frequent this board practice the legal profession. I need some help. Last week the van my mother was driving was crushed between two 18 wheeler trucks when an asphalt truck failed to stop at a railroad crossing. I have been asked to help find a lawyer to "help" my dad, but I have no idea how to go about it. Do I just yank out the phone book and start calling? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I already know to skip the guy that brought a bucket of chicken to the house while we were talking to the funeral home.

After I have located some likely candidates I would assume that a conversation/interview is in order. I have prepared a list of questions to ask when but I am sure that several important ones are missing. Again any help is appreciated.

If you are able go hug or call your mom.
- ed1007 | Date: 11/4/2012 6:25:57 PM | Number: 868689

First sorry to hear about your Mother's accident. For your information Asphalt trucks and most commercial trucks in general and not and other trucks carrying passengers are NOT required to stop at railroad tracks in most States.

Your Mother is probably at fault in most states for rear-ending the asphalt truck. The truck that rear-ended her is at fault due to inattentive driving. -- Assuming the Van was insured, the insurance company should handle most of the property damage and any personal injuries that may have resulted under the rights of subrogration. Although the insurance company will handle part of the claim issues, your Mother should still seek the advice of her own attorney because her Insurance company will not specifically represent her in all respects of the case.

All Bar Associations have lawyer referral services. Most often, however, the attorneys they most often refer are those new attorneys who do not necessarily have well established legal practices. Friends, business associates, and sometimes other attorneys can usually be the best sources of referral as can be any Law Schools in your area. You did NOT mention what State the accident was in or your Mother's state of residence -- all essential and important information needed to possibly help you.

My daughter is an attorney; she only practices in several states and before the Supreme Court of the United States. She is NOT taking any new cases of any kind for the rest of 2012 and well into next year.

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