Riding a motorcycle along Southern California roadways can be an invigorating experience. But while this is the case most of the time, there are many risks all around you every time you decide to take your bike out. Your risk of getting into an accident is higher because many drivers fail to see motorcyclists, which results in unfortunate accidents that can potentially leave you with devastating injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash than those in a passenger car, and five times as likely to sustain injuries.
If you have been involved in an accident on your bike, there are certain steps you should take when hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer to help you. The first step, of course, is getting the medical attention you need and getting those injuries documented. Once your injury is stabilized, it’s time to set about securing an attorney to represent you in your case.
Power Legal Group can provide you with a free initial consultation at 800-323-POWER, even if you are unsure if you have a case. Here are some helpful tips on how to hire the best motorcycle accident attorney for you.
It only makes sense to settle on a lawyer that has experience dealing with motorcycle accidents. A professional who us familiar with your type of case will know what to look for in terms of evidence, plus they will know the laws of the road in California inside and out. Lastly, they know how to deal with insurance companies and their lawyers for the most successful outcome possible.
Motorcycle accidents are vastly different from other types of personal injury cases. In fact, they’re much different even from your typical motor vehicle accident. The details and complexities of motorcycle law (which differ from state to state, and even from town to town), are often plagued by bizarre and confusing insurance details. In addition, the physics of motorcycles themselves make these claims even more complex, due to how their mechanics affect the type of injuries sustained.
In the end, you’re more likely to recover the highest compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses, property damage and emotional distress if you choose an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer.
This is a tough one to nail down but it can be a good starting point. Check out their website and observe how prominently motorcycle accidents figure. If it is way down on a list of a dozen vaguely relayed personal injury practice areas, you may want to question how much of a specialty these cases really are. Do some digging to see if they seem knowledgeable about bikes and biker culture, as well as motorcycle issues and laws in general. Use your best judgement here. You should be able to feel this in your gut. Another gut feeling is when you actually meet with the lawyer, which leads us to…
Most lawyers offer a free, no-obligation consultation where you can sit down and discuss the parameters of your case. Don’t waste this opportunity to ask all the questions that will ultimately help you in your decision on who to hire. Don’t forget to ask the basics, such as: what is your rate? Do I pay you only if we win? Do you think I have a case? What is the projected timeline? What is your experience in these areas?
But don’t forget to ask more pointed questions that will help you determine if this is a good fit or not, such as: What is your strategy going forward? Who will be my point of contact? When can I expect calls back from you? Will I be dealing with you or your paralegal most times?
The answers to these questions are important; however, perhaps more important is the feeling you get in the interview. Do you feel like this lawyer will have your back? Is he or she easy to talk to? Do you feel comfortable?
Here at Power Legal Group, we put you at ease from that very first phone call. If a motorcycle accident has left you with injuries that require hospitalization, surgery and rehab, give us a call for your free, no-obligation consultation to review your rights. Power Legal Group has vast experience dealing with motorcycle accidents like yours, operating throughout Southern California. Call now at 800-323-POWER.