At least 5,000 motorcyclists are killed every year in motorcycle accidents, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). Plus, tens of thousands are injured every year. Motorcycles are simply not as resilient in crashes as other types of vehicles. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, you might wonder if it’s worth hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer.
Although hiring a lawyer is entirely your decision to make, there are many reasons it’s a good idea to get one involved—and to do so as soon as possible.
When Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer is Worth It
You will want to at least schedule a consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer if you were injured in a crash and there is any chance you were not fully at fault. Motorcycle accidents are often very serious, and there are many reasons motorcyclists have more trouble getting the compensation they deserve compared with other motorists.
Most motorcycle accident lawyers also do not charge you a fee unless they actually win you a settlement or award. That means you can begin working with them right away and not worry about upfront costs. To discuss the details with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers at John Foy & Associates for FREE, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.
Let’s look at some of the main ways it’s worth hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer for help with your case.
You Will Likely Have Legal Questions
When most people get into an accident, especially a motorcycle accident, they have never had to deal with this type of situation before. It’s completely normal to have questions and wonder whether you’re doing things correctly. However, you won’t be able to get the correct answers from friends, family, the insurance company, or anyone else involved in the case.
The best resource for your legal questions is an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. They can let you know how your case looks and what you can expect going forward. This is why it’s such a good idea to at least schedule a consultation to learn about your options.
The Insurance Company Won’t Make Recovery Easy
Insurance companies do not like to pay out much on motorcycle accident claims. They will look for any way to reduce what they have to pay to you. That might include employing tactics like blaming you for the accident, painting you in a poor light, or trying to intimidate you into accepting a lowball settlement.
Hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer instantly puts you on more even footing. They can communicate and negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company on your behalf. They’ll be able to determine the true value of your case so you don’t even up settling for much less than you need and deserve.
When insurance companies see that you have a lawyer on your side, they are often more likely to take you seriously and negotiate. They’ll see that you are willing to fight for a fair settlement.
You Might Worry You’re Partially at Fault
If you think you might have caused part of your motorcycle accident, this is a fantastic reason to call a lawyer. Although the laws on fault vary per state, in Georgia, you can still seek financial recovery as long as you were less than 50% at fault (Georgia Code § 51-12-33). So, don’t assume you cannot recover money until after you’ve spoken to an experienced lawyer.
Your motorcycle accident lawyer can look at the details and determine whether or not you were truly at fault for a part of the accident. If they think you still have the right to recovery, they will fight for it.
A Lawyer Can Keep You in the Loop
If you don’t have a lawyer keeping up with the details of your case, you might wait for days, weeks, or longer without hearing any updates. This can be incredibly stressful and leave you wondering if everything is okay.
Your lawyer will stay in regular contact with the other driver’s insurance company and make sure things are moving along, so you won’t feel like you’re left waiting in the dark.
You Can Get Help with Your Wrongful Death Case
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, your lawyer can help you bring a wrongful death case. Wrongful death claims can include damages like:
- Medical costs the deceased had before they died
- Pain and suffering the deceased experienced before they died
- Funeral expenses
- Burial costs
- Loss of companionship or consortium
Your lawyer can handle these legal details for you after the motorcycle accident so you can focus on mourning and being with your family members.
A Lawyer Will Help You Through Every Step of the Process
Dealing with the insurance claims process or filing a lawsuit after an accident is complicated and stressful. Although you have every right to represent yourself, it’s never a good idea when a serious accident is involved.
A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you by:
- Calculating the full value of your damages, including medical costs, lost wages, property damages, pain and suffering damages, and more
- Filing your claim with the other driver’s insurance company (and making sure it is filed in the correct way)
- Communicating and negotiating with the insurance company
- Making sure your claim is filed on time
- Helping you pursue a lawsuit if you cannot get negotiate with the insurance company
- Being your number one resource for questions about your case
A motorcycle accident lawyer will work to ensure you don’t receive less than what you deserve.
Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free Today
Motorcycle accident cases are often lengthy and complicated. Don’t suffer through the aftermath of your accident alone. Talk to a motorcycle accident lawyer at John Foy & Associates for FREE today.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started. We’ll go over the details of your accident and create a plan of action for your case. Call (404) 400-4000 to get matched with the best attorney for you today.