Many people don't even consider hiring a motorcycle accident attorney until several weeks after the crash occurs. Some need help getting the insurance company to approve the claim or get sufficient compensation, while others can't fight on their own behalf due to the severity of their injuries.
Regardless of the circumstances involved with your accident, it's always best to consult with an attorney who you trust as soon as possible—
and it likely won't cost you anything to do so.
Advantages of Speaking with a Lawyer Soon After Your Motorcycle Crash
The truth is, even if you don't need an attorney to handle your case, there are always benefits to consulting with a lawyer sooner rather than later. By taking action quickly, you're giving your legal team a greater chance to be able to:
- Gather evidence and witnesses. Almost 70 percent of motorcycle accidents involving multiple vehicles are caused by drivers who violate a motorcyclist's right of way. Evidence is often discarded in the days following a crash, and witnesses disappear after the accident scene is cleared. These factors make the investigation more difficult with each passing day.
- Investigate road conditions. Uneven pavement, sharp turns, steep grades, and gaping potholes cause a motorcyclist to lose control of the bike. We can identify road conditions that may have been contributing factors the crash, including roadway design, construction, maintenance, and functionality of signs and traffic signals.
- Inspect motorcycle and safety gear. You may need an inspection of your motorcycle and riding gear to determine whether the accident was caused by mechanical failure or whether your safety gear didn't comply with government standards.
- Negotiate with insurance companies. Insurance company adjusters are well aware of the stress an accident places on a victim, and they might use this as leverage to get an individual to settle as quickly as possible. An attorney can step in and handle negotiations on your behalf, getting you fair payment while you take the time needed to heal.
At Johnson & Gilbert, P.A., we make it as easy as possible for victims to get injury compensation without paying any costs up front. We offer free case evaluations to advise you of your rights at no cost, and we take motorcycle accident cases on a contingency-fee basis, so you don't have to pay us anything unless we make a recovery for you. Simply fill out the form on this page today to speak with one of our injury attorneys.