To find a good motorcycle accident lawyer, you likely will take into account considerations such as practice area, experience, knowledge, and dedication to your interests. You also are likely to consider the ability of a lawyer to understand your position and the challenges that you and your family are facing after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident.
Ideally, looking for a motorcycle accident lawyer to represent your interests should begin as quickly as possible following your accident. You will want to research the lawyers whom you are considering and determine what their strategy is for your case. Finally, you need to fully understand and be comfortable with the payment arrangements for the lawyer you choose.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5,000 motorcyclists lost their lives in 2017. Whether you have suffered severe injuries or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, you should consider how legal representation could help you.
Look for Attorneys Who Regularly Handle Motorcycle Injury Claims
When you need dental work, you see a dentist, not an eye doctor. Similarly, when you have a potential personal injury claim, you should look for a lawyer who handles personal injury claims.
Keep in mind that many lawyers with a general practice will claim that they handle personal injury cases. However, general practitioners may only have handled a few personal injury claims in their lifetimes. You may feel more comfortable with an attorney who represents clients in personal injury claims on a daily basis.
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Choose a Lawyer Who Is Committed to Your Interests and Your Claim
Lawyers who dedicate their practice to personal injury claims typically have the best interests of their clients at heart. They want to advocate on behalf of injury victims of preventable accidents. Their goal is to hold negligent parties accountable for their poor conduct and seek compensation for the losses you have suffered. If lawyers do not appear interested in your claim or your injuries, you should consider your other options.
Find an Attorney Who Understands What You Are Experiencing
One important aspect of finding a good motorcycle accident lawyer involves a true understanding of your situation. Devastating injuries in a motorcycle accident are likely to significantly change life for you and your family, perhaps permanently. An attorney who is accustomed to working with injury victims and familiar with their needs and concerns can be a definite source of comfort during this challenging time.
Take Quick Action to Find Legal Representation After a Motorcycle Accident
Although hiring a personal injury lawyer is not likely at the forefront of your mind after a motorcycle accident, taking immediate steps to get legal advice can be critical. You can better protect your legal rights to compensation by seeking out legal assistance as soon as is practicable following a motorcycle accident in which you have suffered injuries.
Preserve Crucial Evidence
As time goes on, you may find it increasingly difficult to obtain the evidence that you need to support your motorcycle accident injury claim. Witnesses may no longer recall the accident, police reports may disappear, receipts may get lost, and you may have a challenging time remembering and documenting all the medical treatment that you received after your accident. Keeping a file of all paperwork related to your accident is critical for a successful claim.
Properly Value Your Claim
Motorcycle accident injuries are likely to result in substantial economic losses. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) estimated that the overall direct economic costs of motorcycle accidents involving injuries was $16 billion in 2010. If you wait a year or two before pursuing your potential personal injury claim, the insurance company handling your claim may be more likely to undervalue your claim. The insurance company could see your claim as less emergent or significant since you waited so long to pursue it.
Be Aware of the Statute of Limitations That Applies to Your Claim
Perhaps the most important reason to quickly find a motorcycle accident lawyer to represent you in your claim is the statute of limitations. Each state has statutes of limitations, or time limits, that apply to the filing of different types of lawsuits. Personal injury lawsuits have varying statutes of limitations according to state law, but they generally are one to five years in length.
Failure to file your personal injury claim in court before the relevant statute of limitations expires can result in the dismissal of your claim. Although some states have exceptions to the general statute of limitations for personal injury claims, you still should take steps to be aware of the statute of limitations as it applies to your situation.
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Research Lawyers Before You Hire Them
As a practical matter, you should take the time to thoroughly research attorneys before you choose one. Online sites often feature testimonials and reviews written by former clients of attorneys. The website for the attorney also is likely to give you a good sense of the types of cases that the attorney or law firm regularly handles.
Ask About the Strategy for Your Case
After learning about your situation, a potential lawyer should explain whether you have the basis of a viable claim and what strategies may promote your goals. While working with a lawyer, you should have a full understanding of their intentions for your case.
Understand Contingent Fee Arrangements
A contingent fee arrangement means that you do not have to pay fees out of pocket. In this type of payment structure, your lawyer will take payment for their services out of the settlement or court award they get for you. This payment structure also allows you to focus on what is most important—your health, your recovery, and your family—without worrying about how to pay for legal representation upfront.
To Learn More About Your Legal Options, Contact Our Offices Today
After suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another party, you may have a claim for compensation. We can answer your questions and help you understand what options you have. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 924-3113 to learn more about the services that we can offer you.