A motorcycle accident can be devastating and require long periods of hospitalization. This is mainly due to the lack of protection a motorcyclist has.
Picking the Right Lawyer Can Make a Difference
A motorcycle accident can be devastating and require long periods of hospitalization. This is mainly due to the lack of protection a motorcyclist has. A rider’s injuries can range from broken bones to traumatic head injury and death. If you or a family member is involved in a motorcycle accident, you must contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
How Do You Find a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
One problem you might face is who to call. Not all motorcycle accident lawyers have the experience and resources needed to resolve your case successfully. Immediately after a motorcycle accident, chances are you are too busy dealing with physical injury and worrying about how you will handle financial problems to research a law firm thoroughly. So, what can you do? Asking friends for a referral works occasionally, but it is important to ensure that your friend had the same situation since not all cases are alike. Let’s look at some reliable ways to pick the right motorcycle accident lawyer for you.
Experience Is Key
Experience is an integral part of resolving your case favorably. There are many nuances to a motorcycle accident, and none can be ignored. Although the vast majority of motorcycle crashes are due to human error, some happen because of critical defects. When that occurs, a lawyer who knows how to evaluate the vehicle for mechanical problems is invaluable.
Dispelling Jury Bias
Many people have an unfair image of a motorcyclist as a risk-taking motorist. In reality, that is untrue. They are your next-door neighbor, the person who labors alongside you at work, and the student or college professor who uses the bike as a cheap transportation model. However, it takes a good deal of effort to convince the jury of that. A lawyer who knows how to do this is what you need.
Communication Is Necessary
No one likes to be left waiting for a callback. It is even more disconcerting if the person is your attorney. Now, it is unfair to think that any lawyer can just drop what they are doing to answer the phone. However, there needs to be a clear path of communication. Questions need to be answered, settlements should be discussed, and since your future hangs in the balance, you need to know what is happening in your case. Many lawyers have a layered way to communicate using texts, calls, and even virtual visits.
Look at How They Advocated for Other Clients
While we might not like aggressiveness in many walks of life, when someone is fighting for our rights, you want them to be results-driven. Look at how other cases were resolved and the lengths the lawyer went to in order to handle them successfully. An example might be when a motorcyclist is hit by a truck. A lawyer who is results-oriented would look at the trucker’s background to see if they were in a similar accident. The attorney might also check the trucker’s logbook to see if the vehicle is maintained and if the trucker rested according to federal rules. A fatigued truck driver is as bad as an intoxicated one.
Many cases are solved during negotiations with the insurance company. You want your attorney to be skilled in the art of negotiation. However, it is more than that. The insurer should be aware that your attorney is just as successful at the negotiation table as they are in court.
An Eye for Trickery
Your motorcycle accident attorney also should be able to spot insincerity in their dealings with the insurer. Oftentimes, the insurance company will offer a settlement that is far below what you will need. They do this because they know you are out of work and are trying to pay bills you may not be able to afford. The biggest problem with a low-ball offer is that if you accept, you will be asked to sign a waiver. This absolves the insurer from any future liability in the case. Once you accept the money, you are on your own even if you need critical surgery because of accident injuries.
Roeser Law Firm
Use these tips and common sense when choosing a lawyer. The Roeser Law Firm has the experience, legal acumen, and aggressiveness you need in an advocate. Call (202) 660-4070 for help or contact us online.