Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer if I was in a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents have been increasing during the past couple of decades. Today, there are more than twice as many motorcycle-related fatalities on average each year as there were in the 1990s. And fatalities from motorcycle crashes now account for approximately 15% of all motor vehicle-related deaths.
When someone is involved in a motorcycle accident, one of the first questions they ask is whether or not they need to hire a lawyer. You are already banged up from the crash, and it is understandable that you would not want to deal with a lot of legal stuff on top of that. For most people, the hope is that the insurance company will pay them a reasonable settlement for their injuries and trouble, so they can move on with their lives.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are not in the business of paying out just compensation when their clients cause injuries. Their goal is to pay out as little as possible, which means their interests are completely at odds with yours. As such, you should treat everything they say and do with skepticism.
Why you Might Need a Lawyer after a Motorcycle Accident
If you are involved in an accident and just sustained a few scrapes, bruises and other minor injuries and the insurance company gives you an offer you believe is fair, it might be okay to just take the money. Although even in cases like these, it never hurts to at least speak to an attorney to review your case and make sure the settlement you are being offered is reasonable.
If, on the other hand, your injuries are moderate to severe, there is a dispute over who was at fault, or there are other complications, you should definitely speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as is convenient. Without strong legal representation, you might lose out on the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.
Insurance companies have numerous tactics that they frequently employ to minimize their exposure and settle the case for cheap. For example, after you file a claim, you will likely be contacted by an insurance adjuster asking how you are doing. The purpose of this call is to build rapport and get you to trust them. They may say things like, “don’t worry, we will take care of you”, and “there is no reason to hire a lawyer.”
These types of statements are designed to get you to let your guard down and agree to things that are not in your best interests. Remember, their interests are not aligned with yours, and they have armies of high-priced lawyers working on their behalf. In this type of situation, it makes good sense to have someone in your corner who is looking out for your interests.
Here are just a few ways an experienced attorney can help you obtain the just compensation you deserve from a motorcycle accident:
Your attorney will fully investigate the accident: When there has been a motorcycle accident, it is important to perform a thorough investigation, so all the facts and evidence can be uncovered and every potential legal avenue (toward recovering compensation) can be explored.
Your attorney will deal with all the complex paperwork: There are a lot of complicated steps that must be taken to successfully file a legal claim, and this is the last thing you should have to worry about when you are trying to recover from an injury. Your lawyer can handle all the complex legal work for you, so you can focus on getting healthy again.
Your attorney will negotiate directly with the other side: To obtain maximum compensation, it will normally involve a series of back and forth negotiations. And unless you are able to accurately calculate the full value of your claim (including intangible losses such as pain and suffering) and have experience negotiating these types of settlements, you will be at a significant disadvantage. A good personal injury lawyer will be an experienced negotiator with the proven ability to persuade the other side to agree to a reasonable settlement. Your lawyer will also have additional leverage by posing a credible threat that you can and will file a lawsuit if the other side is not willing to negotiate in good faith.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Florida? Contact Whibbs Stone & Barnett for Assistance
If you or someone close to you suffered injury in a motorcycle crash, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney to assess your case and inform you of your legal rights and options. At Whibbs Stone & Barnett, we have successfully represented individuals injured in motorcycle accidents in Florida for many years, and we fight hard to obtain maximum compensation on behalf of each client we serve. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 1-888-219-4561. You may also send us a message through our online contact form.