Good Questions to Ask Your Motorcycle Accident Attorney
According to the Federal Highway Administration, over eight million motorcycles are registered and out on the roads these days. Motorcycle crashes account for 14% of all traffic fatalities.
If you happen to be involved in a motorcycle accident, especially one involving a motor vehicle, you’ll need an attorney highly experienced in this specific type of accident. To help you choose one for your particular situation, be sure to ask the following five questions.
1. Does your law firm specialize in handling motorcycle accidents?
There is no doubt about it: A background in representing those involved in motorcycle accidents is crucial, including injury cases. This is important because these accidents require specialized knowledge and skills. Since they are often harder to obtain a successful outcome, the right personal injury lawyer can make all the difference.
Not only do they need to know the laws and particular legal issues involved, but they also need to be familiar with the risks that riders and passengers encounter daily.
2. What are examples of similar cases you’ve handled, and what were their outcomes?
It’s always good to ask for a resumé of sorts, including any motorcycle accident cases similar to yours, and what the outcomes have been. You want to look for the most recent successful verdicts and settlements. This can clue you into the legal and negotiating skills of your particular motorcycle accident lawyer.
3. What does the legal process entail?
It’s important from the very beginning to know what you are expected to do. Will the attorney handle everything and just follow up with you on questions? Do you want to be more involved and be part of each step?
Make sure you understand the steps involved and what the goals of each will be. For instance, if you or a passenger have sustained an injury, will one goal be to lower the medical bills you must pay out of your pocket? Will you seek compensation for lost wages?
You must also ask how long the process can take, including the initial investigation, consulting with expert witnesses, depositions, and insurance company obstacles.
4. Who will be handling my case?
Although you may like the attorney you first speak with, for one reason or another, they may not even be involved in the actual case. You’ll want the background on who it is that you will be working with.
An attorney with both a legal and medical background is ideal for motorcycle accident cases since the injuries can be severe, and medical costs can be extensive. Senior partner, Eileen Kroll, is a registered nurse and an established attorney with over 30 years of experience in getting justice for personal injury victims.
5. What does it cost, and do you work on a contingency?
Costs are always a concern, and you’ll want to be sure you understand precisely how the motorcycle accident attorney charges and what your options are. At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., our cases are handled under a contingency fee agreement.
This means your attorney represents you for a percentage of a recovered amount, either by way of verdict or settlement. This arrangement is most ideal because you won’t have to put up a large sum at the start of your case, and your attorney has an additional incentive to win your case for you.
Find Your Motorcycle Attorney Today
If you’ve been involved recently in a motorcycle accident, hiring the right personal injury attorney can help you take the next steps. Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. has specialized experience handling accidents involving motorcycles and with proven results.
We work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your particular case. Call our law office today at (866) 868-3779 for your free initial consultation.