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How to Hire an Illinois Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

There are several criteria you should apply when hiring an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer:

  • The attorney has experience representing Illinois motorcycle accident victims
  • The lawyer is knowledgeable about Illinois negligence law
  • You agree with the case management strategy that the lawyer proposes
  • The lawyer makes a realistic estimate of the amount of money you could recover from the party at fault in the accident
  • The attorney's fees and estimated expenses are reasonable
  • You feel comfortable following the lawyer's advice and recommendations
  • You'd be happy to work with the lawyer for an extended period of time

To this list you may add personal requirements, such as a lawyer whose office is accessible by public transportation or a lawyer who offers evening office hours.

Finding Illinois Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers

Once you decide that you want to hire an Illinois motorcycle crash lawyer, you need to identify attorneys who are qualified to handle your case. There are several ways in which you can do this.

If you know someone who's previously worked with an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer, ask that person if he or she would recommend his or her attorney. Was the person satisfied with the lawyer's work? Would the person hire the lawyer again, if necessary?

If you know a lawyer who practices a different type of law in Illinois, you can also ask that attorney if he or she could personally recommend any Illinois motorcycle accident injury lawyers.

If you're unable to get a personal recommendation or if you're looking for the names of additional attorneys, Attorneys.com can help you. We offer a service that will connect you with Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys in your area.

To start the process, complete the form on this site or call us at 1-877-913-7222. After answering a few questions, we'll connect you with a local motorcycle accident lawyer in your area. The attorney will contact you within two business days, or you can call the lawyer at your convenience.

Meeting With an Illinois Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Before you agree to hire an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer, it's important to meet with him or her to ensure that the lawyer is a good fit for your case. For this reason, most lawyers offer potential clients a free initial consultation, or preliminary meeting. You can use the initial consultation to:

  • Tell the lawyer about your motorcycle accident
  • Question the lawyer about his or her qualifications and experience representing motorcycle accident victims
  • Decide whether the lawyer is the right person to handle your case

To prepare for the initial consultation, take some time to make notes about the details of your motorcycle accident: When and where did the accident occur? What chain of events led up to the accident? Who else was involved? Where there any witnesses? What injuries did you suffer and what medical treatment has been required?

You should also bring to the meeting copies of any accident-related documents, including copies of police reports, medical bills, vehicle repair estimates, and letters from the insurance company.

Next, you'll want to make a list of questions you'd like to ask the attorney. Remember that the point of this meeting is to determine whether the attorney is qualified to handle your case, so focus on questions that help you make that decision. Topics to discuss include:

  • The lawyer's professional background and experience negotiating Illinois motorcycle accident settlements and handling Illinois motorcycle accident lawsuits
  • The lawyer's proposed strategy for handling your case
  • The lawyer's estimate of how much money you should receive from the person responsible for the accident
  • An estimate of the lawyer's fees and expenses to handle your case

Know that lawyers are bound by confidentiality laws, so anything you tell the lawyer during your meeting will remain confidential, even if you hire a different lawyer.

During the Meeting

Bring your written notes, list of questions, and some writing material to the meeting, so you can take notes. During the meeting, pay attention not only to what the lawyer says, but how he or she says it. You want to hire a lawyer who not only has the technical knowledge, but who also makes you feel comfortable. Does the attorney take the time to patiently answer your questions? Do you feel as if the attorney shows good judgment?

If you think you might want to hire a particular lawyer, at the end of the meeting, ask the attorney for the names of past clients who could serve as references. You'll want to contact these clients to find out what they liked and disliked about the lawyer and whether they'd hire the lawyer again if the need arose.

Selecting a Illinois Motorcycle Accident Attorney

After you've met with each Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer you're considering for your case, it's time to hire one of them. If you immediately know which lawyer you'd like to hire, your decision will be an easy one. Otherwise, ask yourself these questions about each lawyer:

  • Does the lawyer have the experience necessary to handle my motorcycle accident case?
  • Did I agree with the lawyer's proposed strategy for handling my case?
  • Did the attorney offer a realistic estimate of how much money I could receive?
  • Were the attorney's estimated legal fees and expenses appropriate?
  • Do I feel comfortable trusting the lawyer with my case?

Once you've found a lawyer who meets these criteria, you're ready to move forward with your Illinois motorcycle accident lawsuit.

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