You've probably seen ads for personal injury lawyers on television, in telephone books, and online. But when you need a personal injury attorney, not just any lawyer will do—you need a good one. Here are some ways to find a personal injury attorney you can count on.

Local Bar Association

Every county has a local bar association that is affiliated with the larger state bar association. All of the lawyers who practice before your county's or district's court will be registered with this association. You will generally want to get in touch with the head or president of the association. You can get the contact information from your local courthouse. Most of the time, it will not appear online. Explain that you are looking for a good personal injury lawyer. Oftentimes, these organizations list the attorneys and their specializations, as well as if they have been marked for legal discipline or malpractice. You can also ask for recommendations, although bear in mind that if the head of the association specializes in personal injury law, he will not be able to help you find a personal injury lawyer without it being a conflict of interest.

Friends and Family Recommendations

Personal experiences can be the best indicator of a lawyer's quality. Talk to friends and family members to find out which lawyers that they've chosen to represent themselves. If you do not have any friends or family members who have used personal injury lawyers, then you can ask personal injury lawyers if you can talk to some of their clients. They will generally be willing to provide you with references so you can verify the quality of their work.