The short answer is “Yes,” you definitely need a personal injury lawyer with experience in motorcycle accident cases following your accident involving a motorcycle. This article is geared more toward those who have been injured in an accident in which the motorcyclist was at fault, but some of the information here will also apply to those of you who were riding a motorcycle at the time of an accident or even caused a motorcycle accident that resulted in serious injury or death.
If you were at fault and criminal charges have been filed or will be filed in the near future, you will need a criminal defense attorney to handle your case. For our purposes here, we are going to look at how a personal injury attorney can help people who have suffered harm due to negligence on the part of someone riding a motorcycle.
Why Hire a Lawyer?
If you suffered a serious injury or if someone you love was killed in a motorcycle crash, you’ll need a personal injury lawyer for several reasons:
- Motorcycle accident attorneys are necessary to assess the viability of your claim. After a free consultation, you’ll know pretty quickly if you have a viable personal injury claim. The attorney will take a look at the facts of the case, the contributing factors to the crash, the police report, any medical records you may have, witness statements, and any images or videos taken at the scene of the accident to determine whether or not you have a case. It’s really impossible to make this assessment without the knowledge and experience of a motorcycle accident attorney. After a thorough examination of your case, we will be able to give you a very rough estimate of how the case will play out and what damages you may seek to recover. No lawyer can give an exact prediction of how the case will go, especially if it ends up in court (which rarely ever happens). Most personal injury claims, including motorcycle accidents, are settled through what can be a complex negotiation process before ever going to trial. A good motorcycle lawyer will work hard to get you the financial compensation you deserve following a serious accident.
- Motorcycle accident lawyers know how to collect every bit of evidence to support your claim, no matter how small. While you may consider a piece of information to be irrelevant, your lawyer may think it’s an integral part of the case. Your lawyer will gather every piece of evidence available following your motorcycle accident, and it’s a painstaking process that you could never accomplish on your own. Your lawyer will interview medical experts, eyewitnesses to the accident, law enforcement involved in the investigation, and any other person you lawyer deems necessary to prove your claim. Accident investigation is a time-consuming, expensive process that most people have neither the time nor the expertise to successfully accomplish.
- Motorcycle accident lawyers will get the claims filed on time and in expert fashion. Simply put, legal paperwork is a daunting task for everyone except a seasoned accident attorney.
- Motorcycle accident lawyers know how to negotiate, and they know the law. We how to deal with other lawyers and insurance companies and will be able to handle any curve balls that come your way throughout the case. Having a motorcycle accident lawyer on your side pretty much guarantees a bigger settlement because most of us don’t really understand the negotiation process and how to get the most money out of an insurance company to cover expenses related to a motorcycle accident.