When you or a loved one has been injured (or even killed) in a serious motorcycle accident, you need an experienced, tenacious attorney to help you make sure you get the financial compensation you deserve. However, it can be difficult to know which attorneys can support you with skilled legal representation, and which are “all talk.”
This article outlines five questions to ask potential lawyers before you hire them and four red flags to watch out for.
Need to Hire the Best Motorcycle Accident Attorney? Ask These 5 Simple Questions
Not every attorney you talk to will be a good fit for your case. When you meet with a prospective lawyer in a free consultation before hiring them, ask these five questions in the meeting to make sure they’re the right lawyer for you.
1. What Percentage of Your Cases Are Motorcycle Crashes?
An attorney doesn’t need to focus just on motorcycle accident cases to be a great motorcycle crash lawyer. But they should have experience fighting for people hurt in motorcycle crashes and a list of successful outcomes to show for it.
2. How Many of Your Motorcycle Crash Cases Have Gotten Successful Settlements?
It doesn’t matter how many motorcycle crash cases an attorney has handled if they’ve lost all of them at trial or were unsuccessful at securing a fair settlement for their clients. When you’re talking to potential attorneys about your crash, don’t hesitate to ask them about their track record of success and the settlement amounts they’ve been able to secure for their clients.
3. What Is My Case Worth?
The right attorney should be able to help you understand the true value of your case. They do this by calculating the value of your medical bills, damaged property, missed work, pain and suffering, and other factors. If they can’t tell you an exact amount in your initial consultation, don’t worry; this amount takes time and effort to calculate. However, they should be able to give you a good idea of what your case is worth compared to the insurance company’s initial offer.
4. Who Will I Communicate With and How?
When you hire a personal injury attorney, you’re really hiring their whole team. In most cases, you’ll communicate with other law firm staff, like paralegals, assistants, or secretaries, as much as or more frequently than you do the attorney themselves.
When you’re in the process of choosing a lawyer, make sure you ask how you’ll receive updates, how you’ll ask questions when you have them, and what you’ll use to communicate with your legal team. Do they text with you or prefer to communicate via phone calls? Can you have virtual meetings, or do you need to come into the office? Getting this information ahead of time will help you understand what it’d be like to work with an attorney and their team before hiring them.
5. What Is Your Fee Structure?
You wouldn’t buy a car or a blender without knowing the price; working with an attorney is the same way. Before you hire a lawyer, ask them what their fee structure is. You don’t want to get to the end of a case and be surprised with a bill you didn’t know was coming. At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we offer our clients a contingency fee structure, which means you don’t pay a dime unless we win for you.
When it comes down to it, your attorney needs to be someone you can trust. If you like the motorcycle accident lawyer you met with, are satisfied with their answers, and feel like you can trust them to fight for you, you probably found the right lawyer to fight for you!
Need a Lawyer? Look for These 4 Red Flags
Not every attorney will be a good fit for you. Here are four red flags to avoid:
1. They’ve Never Handled a Motorcycle Case
Motorcycle claims are complicated. When you’ve been hurt and need help, you deserve an experienced injury lawyer on your side who knows how to investigate your claim, demand a fair settlement, and get results. For example, our firm recently represented a motorcyclist who was hit by a drunk driver. Through careful investigation and aggressive tactics, we were able to get him fair compensation from multiple insurance policies and the bar that over-served the drunk motorist who hurt him.
2. They Won’t Tell You About Past Cases
If a lawyer says they’re good at what they do, ask for proof. A skilled, experienced lawyer should have a catalog of case results, client testimonials, and references from other motorcycle riders they can refer you to. And if they won’t—or can’t—give you access to former clients or other success stories, they probably can’t be trusted with your motorcycle crash claim.
They Don’t Explain the Process to You
The legal process can be confusing, especially if you’re also dealing with a painful recovery. The best attorney will make sure you understand the process and what steps come next; if a lawyer is only asking you to trust them without giving you any explanations, it’s a big red flag.
They Pressure You to Make a Decision
Hiring an injury lawyer is a big decision. You should be able to take your time and consider your options before making a decision. And no attorney should pressure you into making a decision you’re unsure about.
Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys: Fighting for Injured Motorcyclists in Alabama and Mississippi
At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we’re proud to represent injured Alabama and Mississippi motorcyclists and bikers. We have a track record of successful suits and settlements, a reputation for aggressive tactics, and a list of glowing reviews from past clients. We are proud to fight for injured people like you and are ready to hear your story. To speak with a member of our law firm in a free case evaluation, contact us today by calling 251-888-8888 or filling out our online contact form. Initial consultations for personal injury cases are always free and confidential.
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.