As with virtually any time you're going to need the services of an attorney, it's good to find one that specializes in the type of case they'll be handling, and accident injury lawyers are no exception.
While there have been many that have sprung up over the years because they realized they could make a fast dollar by suing on behalf of clients and then quickly settling, real cases brought to trial are much more difficult than that.
There is often a mound of medical paperwork to sort through, and often insurance companies will fight any lawsuit brought against them, meaning that the lawyer needs to be ready for a trial if necessary.
Accident and personal injury lawyers that prefer to just settle as quickly as possible may not be looking out for the best interests of their clients. When interviewing these lawyers, talk candidly about their experiences in the past when representing such cases and never be quick to just sign a settlement offer that's given to you.
In the end, accident or personal injury lawyers can perform a valuable service to you regardless of whether you were injured or caused the accident, but be patient and don't settle for the first attorney you see advertised in the yellow pages.