You have the right to file your own personal injury claim and represent yourself. Representing yourself might be the way to go if you have been in a minor accident; in such cases, there may not be a point in paying an attorney to represent you. However, there are many situations where hiring a motorcycle accident attorney is to your advantage. Before you make this important decision, please consider the following questions.
Was your accident due to negligent road care?
If your motorcycle accident is the result of broken traffic lights, negligent road maintenance, or missing road signs, this can help your case or enable you to sue the municipality in charge of road maintenance. If this applies to you, you should contact a skilled motorcycle accident attorney.
Were pedestrians involved?
If your accident involved a pedestrian, you should immediately contact an attorney.
Is the police report accurate?
If the police report is inaccurate or incomplete, you should contact an attorney. If you have not received a police report and don’t know how to get a copy, you should definitely contact an attorney.
Do the insurance companies have your best interests at heart?
Insurance companies may tell you that you don’t need an attorney, but you have to keep in mind that they are looking after their own best interests. In most cases your insurance company’s interests are in line with your own, but that isn’t always the case. Also, the opposing insurance company will never be looking out for your best interest. They have years of experience and know plenty of tricks that can be used against you. You may need to get an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can see through statements made by the insurance companies.
Did you or another party suffer a serious injury?
If you or another party has suffered a serious injury as a result of a motorcycle accident, you should contact an attorney. Be sure to get checked out by a doctor after your accident, sometimes serious injuries are not immediately apparent after an accident.
Are you going to court?
Although it is possible to represent yourself in court, it can be difficult to understand all of the procedures. It is especially important that you contact an attorney if the opposing insurance company or another individual involved with the accident has acquired legal services.
Do you have insurance?
If you don’t have insurance or have insufficient insurance, you should contact an attorney to assist you.
Is your case contested?
If your case is contested, you should contact an attorney. You need every advantage; you need someone to fight in your corner.
Do you have the time to deal with your own case?
Dealing with your own case is a time consuming process that can force you to take time off from work or even distract you from recovering. If you don’t have the time to deal with your own case, you should contact a motorcycle accident attorney.
Can you afford to lose?
Paying for medical bills, for damages, or to get your bike back on the road can be expensive. If you can’t afford to lose the case, you should hire an attorney on a contingency fee basis. When an attorney agrees to fight for you on a contingency fee basis, you won’t have to pay unless you win!
Contacting a Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Free!
KC Road Lawyers’ motorcycle accident attorney, Chris Benjamin, handles cases on a contingency basis. You won’t owe an attorney’s fee unless we recover compensation for you. We will fight for you to recover the compensation that you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation so that we can help you get back on the road.