I've Had a Motorcycle Accident! Do I Need an Attorney?
When people ask us this question, our first instinct is to give the half-joking response, "Only if the insurance company you are up against has one!" (We assure you, they do.)
Here are the facts. It's never a bad idea to have a professional looking after your interests. Sometimes, it's absolutely vital. Depending on the nature of the injuries, the facts of the motorcycle accident, and how many parties were involved, handling a legal matter yourself can go from complicated (at best), to downright foolish.
It's not unheard of, however, for us to advise a potential client that they could handle a certain claim themselves. But please be careful before you make this judgment on your own. There is a lot more to settling a case then simply negotiating a dollar figure with an insurance company. There are intricacies to the law (that the insurance company is very familiar with), and statutes that could bar you from any recovery if you don't file the proper documents on time. Further, an injured person must often deal with medical liens from their health care providers. Lien laws can be very confusing (indeed, it confuses many attorneys) and the unwary often pay far more money from their settlement or judgment to health care providers than is necessary. Likewise, a person's own insurance carrier may try to take a piece of their judgment or settlement, through a process known as subrogation. Without an attorney, people often pay far more money to their insurance carriers than is necessary. Part of the service that our motorcycle accident lawyers provide to our clients is to negotiate and settle any insurance claims or medical liens. Be careful when you decide who you hire as your lawyer: many lawyers look at insurance claims or medical liens as "your problem," and consider their job complete the moment they get a settlement or a judgment and take their fee. At Riderz Law, we stay with our clients every step of the way--even after settlement or judgment--and ensure that our clients not only get the largest recovery possible for their motorcycle accident, but also KEEP as much of it as possible! We care about our fellow riders, and take pride in our service to the motorcycle community.
When in doubt, if you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, it's a good idea to speak to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. Many personal injury lawyers are willing to provide a free evaluation. (At Riderz Law, we always provide a
free case evaluation to prospective clients.) But don't allow anyone to pressure you. If you decide to hire a lawyer, chose one that YOU feel comfortable and confident with.
If you're outside of California, we may be able to assist you in finding an attorney whose practice focuses on motorcycle injuries. We've worked with attorneys throughout the United States.
We are happy to take the time to discuss your case and your options. There is no obligation and never any fee unless we recover money for you.