Unfortunately, I think you'll have to head to the city. I'm originally from a small town, too. If you're not "connected" you're pretty much screwed IMO. I've seen some really messed up situations and unfair judgements. Good luck!
The 2 hour travel time may be worth it if your claim is substantial. You are more likely to find a high quality attorney in the city too. I wrote a hub about finding personal injury lawyers. Access it through my profile. I listed six methods for finding a good attorney.
Ask all the people you trust in your town if they have any good referrals for you.