When to Hire a Lawyer

An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will let you know that accidents that involve multiple vehicles including the motorcycle aren’t usually the fault of the motorcyclist. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and the other driver is at fault for the accident, you’ll more than likely be entitled to compensation from either the individuals insurance company or the individual themselves.

If you’ve sustained severe injuries or your injuries will affect your ability to work and earn a living, you may be entitled for a larger settlement amount. The majority of insurance companies aren’t going to hand over any significant settlement amount without a fight first. If you’re uncertain as to whether or not the offer you’ve received is a fair one or if the driver at fault isn’t insured, you’ll want to seek a qualified motorcycle accident personal injury lawyer. You’ll want to ensure that they’re qualified specifically with motorcycle accident personal injury, not just a general accident or personal injury lawyer. This will help to ensure the settlement you get is fair.

If your motorcycle wasn’t damaged or you weren’t injured you’ll more than likely not have to hire a lawyer. You also won’t need a motorcycle accident lawyer if the amount of the insurance payout covered the entire cost of your:

  • Bike Repairs
  • Lost Wages
  • Medical Bills
  • Other Expenses Related To the Accident

If there are any doubts when it comes to your injuries and the true cost for compensation, or if you don’t know whether or not you’ve received a good settlement offer from the insurance company, you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer right away. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to help with the assessment of the offer from the insurance company (if applicable) and calculate the total actual cost of your injuries. Other than your contact information, don’t provide any other information to the insurance company prior to contacting an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.

Although some motorcycle accident claims will involve product liability law, the majority of them will focus solely or mainly on personal injury law. Some of the issues that are usually covered within a personal injury claim involving a motorcycle accident are:

  • Insurance Provisions
  • Who’s At Fault (Determination of Liability)
  • Medical Expenses
  • Compliance with Traffic and Registration Laws

Meeting With Your Lawyer
Prior to selecting a lawyer to represent your personal injury claim for your motorcycle accident, you’ll want to ensure you’ve asked your lawyer some very important questions, including:

  • Have They Represented People with Motorcycle Accident Personal Injuries Before and How Often?
  • What Are All the Possible Options and Outcomes for the Resolution of Your Case?
  • How Long Should Your Case Take To Resolve and How Frequently Will You Receive Updates?

Answers to these questions and others are going to help you make the determination on whether or not you’ve found the right lawyer to handle your motorcycle accident personal injury claim. At the Doan Law Firm we’re experienced motorcycle accident personal injury attorney lawyers. Not only do we live and breathe motorcycle law but we’re motorcycle riders and enthusiasts as well.

After selecting your lawyer, you’ll want to begin the process of gathering all of the paperwork in order to prepare for meeting with your lawyer for the first time. If you’re sent a questionnaire by your lawyer, ensure that you’ve filled it out and brought it with you to that initial meeting. Questionnaires will cover many topics that surround your case, including:

  • Contact Information
  • Personal Background
  • Basic Information on Your Case

The other types of paperwork you should provide to your lawyer will include:

  • Accident and/or Police Reports
  • Medical Bills and Records
  • A Written Statement on How Your Injuries Have Affected Your Personal and Work Life
  • Names of People and/or Companies That Are Involved In Your Case, This Includes Potential Witnesses
  • Insurance Coverage Information Along With Correspondence and Interactions with the Insurance Company/Companies

Essentially, the more information that you are able to provide and give to your lawyer, the better it’s going to be for the outcome of your case regardless of if it settles or goes to trial.

The Stages of a Motorcycle Injury Settlement

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and have suffered an injury as a result, it’s likely you have grounds to file a lawsuit. In order to file a lawsuit, you’ll need to have the evidence that the accident was the fault of the other driver and/or drivers. Essentially, that the other vehicle(s) violated their standard duty of care. Put simply, it means that the reckless behavior of the other driver was the proximate cause of the accident. Furthermore, you’ll need to have evidence of all the injuries you’ve sustained as a result of the motorcycle accident.

Filing a claim for an injury stemming from a motorcycle accident isn’t a short process. You must be aware that you may need to wait a long time before complete resolution of your claim.

Gathering Evidence of Your Motorcycle Accident Injury
Prior to contacting a motorcycle accident lawyer that’ll represent you throughout the entire lawsuit, you’ll need to gather evidence to present to your prospective lawyer. The following list of items is what you should have prepared prior to consulting with your prospective lawyer:

  • Names and Contact Information for All Witnesses of the Accident
  • Any Traffic Tickets That Were Issued To the Other Driver
  • Copies of All Your Medical Records and Bills
  • All Evidence That Supports You’re Lost Wages and Missed Work Days
  • Copies of the Police Report That Gives the Details of the Accident
  • Photos of the Accident Scene, Your Injuries and the Vehicles

Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer
After you’ve gathered all of your evidence, you’ll want to contact a personal injury lawyer that will represent you in your lawsuit. Keep in mind that you don’t want just a general auto accident lawyer, but one that’s experienced specifically with motorcycle accident lawsuits. At the Doan Law Firm we’re not only specialists in motorcycle law/lawsuits, we’re also motorcycle riders and enthusiasts.

The most important part about your relationship with yourself and your lawyer is that you feel comfortable in working with them and that they have the proper level of experience. Essentially, a law firm that specializes in motorcycle accident personal injury cases, not just personal injury as they’ll be able to ensure that you are adequately represented and get you the compensation that you deserve.

After you’ve found the lawyer to represent you, they’ll begin the process of filing your motorcycle accident lawsuit.

Sending the Demand Letter
After your lawyer has all of the documents and information for your case your lawyer will review all of the documents in what’s called the investigation phase. Your lawyer will ask you many questions regarding what occurred, including:

  • Your General Driving Record
  • The Accident
  • Your Injuries

After enough information has been collected, your lawyer will then begin the negotiation process with the other driver’s insurance company. In order to initiate this process your lawyer will put together and send a demand letter. Demand letters inform the insurance company of:

  • Present and Expected Future Medical Expenses
  • Your Intention to Sue
  • The Severity of Your Injuries
  • The Monetary Amount That You’d Be Willing to Settle At

The insurance company is then given a chance to provide their response. If their response is a favorable one your lawyer and you will be able to settle the claim. If the response isn’t favorable, your lawyer will then file a claim at the courthouse in order to begin the initiation of the lawsuit.

Proceeding to Trial
The last stage of a motorcycle injury lawsuit is the trial stage. Often cases will be settled prior to them ever having to reach trial, however, if you do end up at trial, the process itself can be very long an drawn out.

At the start of a trial there is jury selection. Jury selection is where the lawyers select a panel of your peers and they’ll determine the outcome of the lawsuit. There are also instances where your case won’t be heard in front of a jury, but rather a bench trial where the judge that hears the case will decide the outcome. After the jury has been seated (or the bench trial determination has been made) both your attorney and the defense attorney will give their opening statement which serves to establish the facts and arguments they’ll present during the trial.

Witnesses are able to be called to testify in court by either your lawyer (plaintiff’s lawyer) or the defense. Once called they’ll take the stand and both sides will have the opportunity to ask questions, witnesses in the trial can also include you, so prepare yourself to testify at your own trial.

At the conclusion of the testimony, both the plaintiff and defense lawyers will give their closing (final) arguments. Closing arguments are essentially the closing statement in which they’ll summarize the points made throughout the trial. After closing arguments the judge will give the directives and send the jury to deliberate and then the jury will return with the verdict.