While theoretically, most personal injury lawyers can work on motor vehicle accidents, finding a good motorcycle accident lawyer with a successful track record of handling motorcycle accidents can be tricky. However, there are steps you can take to make sure the lawyer you hire can represent you well:
- Schedule free consultations with law firms and attorneys to get to know them.
- Ask whether your potential attorney has handled motorcycle accident claims successfully.
- Find out whether your potential attorney works on a “no win, no fee” basis.
Finding a good motorcycle accident lawyer is important and can take some time and effort. However, working with a lawyer you can trust and have confidence in can make all the difference and give you peace of mind.
How a Good Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help Strengthen Your Case
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that victims of motorcycle accidents can incur steep medical costs and income losses with catastrophic injuries. A serious motorcycle accident can ruin lives.
Unfortunately, recovering your due in a motorcycle accident, even if another negligent driver caused it, can be far from a walk in the park. While you may be convinced that the other driver is to blame, what counts in court is relevant evidence to prove another’s fault and negligence. Having adequate legal protection and representation can help you get what you may deserve.
Proving the At-Fault Driver’s Negligence
A good motorcycle accident lawyer will leave no stone unturned in trying to prove the other driver’s negligence. This will include gathering relevant evidence, such as police reports and witness statements. Our lawyer will also investigate your accident fully, making sure to identify all potentially liable parties.
Helping You Recover Compensation
A good motorcycle accident lawyer will calculate your damages and losses adequately, which can be important for recovering an adequate settlement. If you do not know what your claim is worth, you cannot negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance effectively.
Your lawyer can handle the insurance companies for you and, if necessary, file a lawsuit to help you recover what you may deserve. The types of compensation you could receive can include, among others:
- Loss of income and future income
- Medical expenses and future medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Medical accessories and devices
- Medication costs
- The cost of repairs to your motorcycle
- Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering
How Do You Select an Attorney Who Is Right for You?
Selecting the right attorney for your specific claim will involve asking many questions. You should also take note of how enthusiastic and passionate the attorney or member of their team seems when it comes to your potential claim.
Asking Questions at the First Consultation
If you want to find out whether an attorney is the right choice for you, go to the first consultation prepared. Make a list of your most pressing concerns and questions, which can include:
- What are the upfront costs, if any, when working with this particular firm or attorney?
- What is their track record with motor vehicle claims and motorcycle accidents specifically?
- Have they won accident lawsuits at trial?
- Do they work on a contingency basis, and if so, what is the percentage they will take as a fee if you win your claim?
While these are some questions to start with, you will undoubtedly have your own concerns and questions. You may also wish to ask about any out-of-court settlements the attorney has negotiated. A good attorney should be a strong negotiator as, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), personal injury lawsuits are frequently settled out of court.
The Attorney or Law Firm Should “Feel Right”
When your lawyer or law firm ticks all the right boxes, they could be a good fit. However, have they listened to your concerns and answered them openly and honestly? While many personal injury lawyers can potentially represent an accident victim, you should feel heard and uplifted after your consultation.
If you got the impression that the attorney or member of their legal team simply went through the motions and did not listen to your concerns, you may want to keep looking. If they seem unenthusiastic or rushed now, would you trust them to fight for you passionately in court? Listening to your gut feelings about an attorney can be just as important as considering their experience and track record.
The Attorneys at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Fight for Your Rights
If you suffered serious injuries and financial losses in a motorcycle accident, there are likely many things on your mind now. Selecting a motorcycle accident lawyer and thinking about filing a lawsuit can seem overwhelming and exhausting. However, it does not need to be this way.
We fight hard to get clients the compensation they need to pay for their bills and pain and suffering. We do not charge any upfront attorney’s fees and only recover our fee if we win your case. Call us now at (337) 777-7777 for a complimentary consultation with a member of our team.