Dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be a painful, confusing process. Accident victims often feel like their lives have been turned upside down as they try to heal from their injuries, manage their work situations, and understand their legal options.
Throughout the process, it can be difficult to fully understand your rights, much less make the right decisions for you and your family – which is why some motorcycle accident victims choose to work with an experienced attorney who can provide the legal knowledge and expertise they need to move forward.
However, it may not be clear to you what, exactly, a motorcycle accident lawyer does for accident victims. Do they simply provide advice and file paperwork? What about negotiating with insurance companies? What if the claim goes to trial?
Here, we are going to take a look at each of these questions, giving you a clear picture of what motorcycle accident attorneys do to support accident victims who have been injured due to the negligence of another.
The first step when working with an attorney is for us to give you a clear picture of what your rights and options are. Not everyone is entitled to compensation after a motorcycle accident – only those who can prove the negligence of another driver or party will be eligible to pursue compensation. Hence, the first thing we must do is have an in-depth discussion about the accident to determine what your rights may be.
At the same time, even those who feel confident in their ability to prove negligence may still have several legal options to consider. For example, if an insurance company provides a settlement offer, you may have to decide whether or not you should accept the offer or pursue additional compensation through a lawsuit.
There may be no “right” answer, as it can depend on several factors, but the important thing is that you have someone you can trust to advocate for you. Too many accident victims simply trust insurance companies to have their best interests in mind, but this simply is not the case.
While a big part of working with an attorney is to access the knowledge and experience they provide, there is also a lot of work to be done when preparing a case. To build a winning case, you need to perform a thorough investigation and gather evidence that supports your claim.
This evidence can come in many forms, from cell phone records and accident scene documentation to expert witness recruiting and background checks. An experienced attorney will know what evidence can stand up in court and make a meaningful difference while leveraging their resources to take the hard work of gathering and documenting that evidence off your plate.
One of the questions that most people injured in a motorcycle accident have is how much they should seek to recover in compensation. While most accident victims understand that compensation is first and foremost meant to cover medical bills, there are usually several other types of damages to consider.
For example, while your immediate medical bills may be expensive, what about future medical treatment you may require, including therapy and rehabilitation, prescriptions, medical devices, and other expenses? Similarly, what if you have lost wages due to time away from work or, even worse, may not be able to continue in your current line of work because of your injuries?
In both of these scenarios, there is often an opportunity to recover more compensation than you may assume – and we haven’t even touched on non-economic damages. Non-economic damages include the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your accident. In some cases, these damages may also apply, meaning you may be able to recover much more than you expected.
A motorcycle accident attorney will help you calculate the total economic and non-economic cost of your damages to ensure you are fighting for a fair amount.
While it’s unfortunate that most accident victims don’t have a good understanding of how to calculate their damages, there is one group of people who will do their best to take advantage of this: insurance companies.
Their TV commercials might be funny and lighthearted and their reps might seem supportive and friendly, but make no mistake – at the end of the day, their goal is to pay you as little compensation as possible. As such, if they know you have a viable claim, there is a good chance they will provide a low-ball settlement offer that is much less than you deserve.
An experienced attorney will understand how insurance companies work and have the experience to keep them accountable through the negotiation process.
In most situations, the best-case scenario is that an insurance company agrees to pay you a fair settlement. It can be the quickest, easiest, and most pain-free way to resolve a personal injury claim.
That said, there is no guarantee the insurance company will provide a fair offer. If they do not, you need an attorney who is willing to take your case to trial. While it will take longer, if you have a strong case it might be the only way to fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
However, going to trial will require working with an attorney who is comfortable arguing your claim in court and who has had success winning compensation through court rulings.
Hiring an attorney after your motorcycle accident is not a small decision – but it may be the best decision to ensure your rights are protected.
How do you find the right attorney for you? We recommend that you start by reading reviews, making sure they have experience with motorcycle accidents, and getting in touch for a consultation to see if they are a good fit for you.
To get in touch with the motorcycle accident attorneys at the Karl Truman Law Office for a free consultation, please call us today at (502) 222-2222. Our lawyers serve motorcycle accident victims in Louisville and throughout Kentucky.