Did you suffer injuries and other damages in a motorcycle accident? You might have a legal case. You could be entitled to compensation for your costs. It’s essential to know precisely when you should call a motorcycle accident lawyer for help.
At John Foy & Associates, we always start with a FREE consultation. We’ll discuss your best legal options. Plus, we do not charge you a fee unless we win your case.
To get your FREE consultation today, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
Why Would I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
First, let’s talk about why a motorcycle accident lawyer is helpful.
If someone else caused your accident, you might be entitled to compensation. You will have to file a personal injury claim for that compensation. You’ll submit this claim to the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Unfortunately, insurance companies do not like to pay much on injury claims. The insurer will look for ways to reduce what they pay you. Common tactics include:
- Downplaying the severity of your injuries
- Claiming that your injuries are not from the accident
- Trying to blame you for the accident
- Offering you a lowball settlement after the crash
- Convincing you that you don’t need a lawyer
Motorcycle accidents tend to be extreme. You might have severe injuries and high costs. When a lot is at stake, insurance companies will fight even harder.
A motorcycle accident lawyer protects your rights. Your lawyer will know how to handle the insurance company. They’ll work to negotiate for a fair settlement. If you can’t settle, they can help you take the case to court.
Insurance companies are more likely to take you seriously if you have a lawyer. They’ll know that you are prepared to fight for the money you deserve.
When Should I Contact a Lawyer for My Motorcycle Case?
Contacting a lawyer is smart in most situations. After a minor accident, it is possible to handle your case alone. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the best choice. Plus, motorcycle accidents tend to be a lot worse than the average car accident.
Calling a motorcycle accident lawyer is best if the following factors exist.
You Have Severe Accident Injuries
Serious motorcycle accident injuries can derail your life. You will probably need a lot of medical treatments, which means high doctor bills. Plus, it’s nearly impossible to handle a legal claim with serious injuries.
A motorcycle accident lawyer will handle the legal side of things for you. In the meantime, you can focus on healing. Your lawyer will communicate and negotiate with the insurer on your behalf.
We understand that money is a concern after a motorcycle accident. That’s why we don’t charge you unless we win your case. Then, our fee simply comes out of your settlement or award. You can get legal help now at no risk.
Your Injuries Have Led to a Disability
Sometimes, a motorcycle accident can leave you with permanent injuries. If you have a disability, you will need to fight for your compensation. Your claim should account for how the disability affects your life.
A severe disability can impact your income, physical abilities, and mental health. You will need a lawyer who can calculate these personal injury damages. You deserve compensation that accounts for everything you’ve suffered.
The Insurance Company Tries to Reduce What They Pay You
Insurance companies often use unethical tactics to pay victims less. This is especially common after motorcycle accidents.
Sadly, motorcyclists also often face unfair biases from insurers. The insurance company might try to paint you as reckless or irresponsible. They might think they can get away with paying you less.
An experienced lawyer will know how to protect your rights. They can handle the insurer and make sure they don’t take advantage of you. You should get the compensation you deserve.
The Insurance Company Denied Your Claim
If the insurer denies your injury claim, call a motorcycle accident lawyer immediately. You will need a legal professional to fight for you. Your lawyer can determine if the insurer had a good reason to deny your claim.
How Long Do I Have to Call a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the better. In Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years (Georgia Code Section 9-3-33). That means you have two years from your accident date to take action.
Time goes quickly for a legal case. You will need time to:
- Gather evidence from the scene
- Compile proof of your damages
- Calculate your full injuries and costs
- Build a strong insurance claim
If you end up needing to go to court, you’ll need time to prepare. Your lawyer can let you know if that’s a good option for you.
You will need plenty of time to do all of the above. Plus, you’ll want to find a lawyer who’s a good fit for you. That’s why we recommend scheduling a consultation immediately.
Talk to a lawyer who can help you create a plan of action. The sooner you reach out, the more time you have to build your claim.
Memories Fade with Time
Waiting too long to call a lawyer can also weaken your case. Memories get worse with time. It’s best to start early because:
- You will have complete memories of the accident right after it happens.
- Witnesses’ minds will be freshest right after the accident.
- You might have trouble reaching some witnesses after a while.
- It will be easier to collect evidence from the scene.
- You can get the compensation you deserve sooner if you start earlier.
Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free Today
John Foy & Associates has been helping motorcycle accident victims for over 20 years. We know what it takes to win cases. Contact us today to get started with a FREE consultation.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to schedule your FREE consultation today. We’ll match you with the best lawyer for your needs. Plus, there is no charge unless we win your case.