How to Hire a Motorcycle Crash Lawyer
If you've been in a motorcycle crash, a lawyer may be able to help you with a personal injury case. If you are able to prove in your motorcycle accident injury claims that the accident was someone else's fault, you may receive a settlement, or payment, to help cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the cost of repairing damaged property.
If you have done business with a lawyer before or know a friend who recently hired a motorcycle crash lawyer, you may want to ask if they could recommend an attorney. If you don't know anyone who could recommend a lawyer, you have come to the right site. Attorneys.com has a service to connect you with lawyers in your area.
You can start the process by filling out the short form on this page or calling 1-877-913-7222. Once you have answered a few basic questions, we will put you in touch with at least one motorcycle crash lawyer in your area. The lawyer will contact you within two business days or you can follow up with him or her on your own.
Meeting with Motorcycle Crash Lawyers
After you have identified a few motorcycle crash lawyers who could possibly represent you, set up meetings, or initial consultations, with them. These meetings are a good opportunity to learn about the lawyers' services and skills and for the lawyer to learn more about your case. Most personal injury lawyers offer these consultations for free, but double check before the meeting, so you're not caught by surprise.
Do your homework before each meeting. You'll want to make some notes about the basics in your case: When did the accident happen? What happened? Also gather copies of any bills or letters you have from your doctors, motorcycle repair shops, and insurance companies.
The purpose of the initial consultation is to decide whether the attorney is qualified to handle your case, so you'll want to come prepared with a list of questions that will help you make that assessment. Questions can focus on:
- The lawyer's education, professional background, and experience
- The lawyer's assessment of your case, including an estimated settlement amount and proposed strategy
- How the lawyer would staff and manage your case
- An estimate of the legal fees to handle your case
Bring some paper to take notes during the meetings. If you're meeting more than one motorcycle accident attorney, these notes will help jog your memory when it comes time to select a lawyer.
Also, know that anything said in these meetings will be kept confidential, so don't worry about speaking your mind.
How Will Motorcycle Crash Lawyers Charge?
Personal injury lawyers usually charge either by an hourly rate or a contingency fee. With an hourly rate, you pay the lawyer for every hour worked on your case, regardless of whether you win or lose. With a contingency fee, the lawyer does not get paid unless you get a settlement and is typically paid a percentage of any money you receive.
Selecting a Motorcycle Crash Lawyer
After you've wrapped up your initial consultations, it's time to select a motorcycle crash attorney. If you're lucky, you'll immediately know which attorney you want to hire. But if you're torn between several lawyers, ask each one for references and talk to past clients about their experiences with the lawyer.
When selecting an attorney consider:
- Does the attorney have the experience and skills to handle your case?
- Did you agree with the attorney's proposed strategy?
- Did you feel comfortable with the lawyer, and would you enjoy working with him or her?
- Are the legal fees reasonable?
Once you've found a qualified lawyer you can trust and afford, you are ready to hire him or her and begin your personal injury case.