Choose Best Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer in Michigan
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
You’re out riding your motorcycle on a beautiful day, and suddenly everything changes. You’re involved in a motorcycle accident. You’re hurt and your bike’s a mess. It was the car driver’s fault. What should you do?
If you’re like most motorcycle riders who have found themselves in this unfortunate situation, it won’t be long before you find yourself asking: “Where can I find motorcycle accident injury lawyer in Michigan?”
Motorcycle Accidents in Michigan
The most recent report from the US Department of Transportation tells us that in 2018, there were 8,410,255 motorcycles registered in the United States and that 303,338 of them are in Michigan.
Motorcycle accidents can be minor, but often they are not. Too often a motorcycle crash involves serious injuries — broken bones, back injuries, traumatic brain injury — and a long recovery process.
One of the first things to look for in a law firm is their location. You’ll want to find a law firm that not only features a motorcycle accident law specialty, but is also familiar with Michigan courts, local court procedures, and has experience with motorcycle insurance and Michigan’s No-Fault insurance policies.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., is one of Michigan’s top motorcycle accident law firms and has helped many individuals and families throughout the state with their claim and settlement process following a motorcycle accident. This includes filing personal injury claims, when necessary, to cover the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
It is often difficult for a motorcycle accident victim to recover adequate compensation following a crash without the assistance of an attorney. Too often there are problems with the insurance company. Claims are denied. If you have been injured, medical and other bills could be piling up — particularly if you’re unable to work.
An attorney from Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., will be glad to meet with you at your earliest convenience. Initial consultations are always free; in fact, we never charge a fee unless we make a recovery.
If you contact us immediately after your accident, we can begin to help you collect the information and evidence we’ll need to support your potential claim. This includes collecting scene and police reports, gathering witness statements, retrieving and taking photographs, medical records, and other documents.
Personal Injury Litigation Experience is Important
Finding an experienced Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer that is right for you can require a face-to-face meeting. Prepare for this meeting by gathering any documents, images, and medical records related to the crash and bring them with you. You should also prepare any questions you have about the attorney-client relationship, cost, and the process going forward.
The best motorcycle accident lawyers have a strong track record of personal injury litigation success that they’ll be happy to share with you. Also, ask about cases similar to yours, and to see client testimonials.
If you have been severely injured in a motorcycle crash, it helps if your motorcycle accident injury lawyer has some medical expertise and knowledge of the long-term treatment that may be involved in your recovery. This is particularly important when you are dealing with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) diagnosis where the impact unfolds over time.
When you work with the motorcycle accident team at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., you’ll be working with professionals who have extensive negotiation and litigation experience. We have access to top experts — including accident reconstructionists and medical experts — who can facilitate a successful outcome.
Senior partner, Eileen Kroll specializes in medical cases and her training as a registered nurse is invaluable in evaluating motorcycle accident injuries, and the necessary treatments, for legal purposes.
Your motorcycle accident injury lawyer knows how motorcycle accidents happen. The best lawyers understand the cultural stigma associated with motorcycles and their riders, and know how to respond to it. This stigma can sometimes lead people — and insurance companies — to assume fault automatically rests with the motorcycle rider.
At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., we know that a motorcycle accident can happen for a variety of reasons, and it can often be unclear who is at fault. There are several reasons, however, that make it possible, and possibly provable, that the car or truck driver was at fault for one or more of the following reasons:
- Distracted driving like looking at a phone or GPS.
- Blind spots – motorcycles can be hard to see. Drivers don’t use their mirrors or other navigation aids.
- Alcohol or drug-impaired driving could be an issue.
- Moving violations like tailgating, failing to signal, or changing lanes unexpectedly are also, often, a factor in car or truck accidents with a motorcycle.
If you believe that the other driver is at fault, and there is evidence to support your claim, we can probably help you recover damages to pay for your medical care, lost income, and other expenses.
Our law firm can conduct a thorough investigation to uncover the facts and assess liabilities. It’s important that such investigations begin as soon as possible after the crash. Gathering evidence and witness recollections when the accident is still fresh can help your case.
In considering a claim or when negotiating with an insurance company’s legal counsel, the best motorcycle accident injury lawyers will consider compensation for the following reasons:
- Lost wages: Motorcycle accident victims can claim compensation for wages they could have earned, had the accident not taken place.
- Past and future medical expenses: This includes all surgeries, treatments, and ongoing care.
- Pain and suffering: To consider compensation for pain and suffering, factors such as the nature of the injury, along with the duration and extent of the pain, will be taken into account.
- Loss of consortium: If the motorcycle accident victim dies in the accident, or as a result of the accident, those close to the person who has died — spouse, children, and parents — may be awarded compensation.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. can assist you every step of the way in negotiating a fair settlement, set up your property damage claims, connect you with medical providers, and file a lawsuit, if necessary, and fight for you in court.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.