Motorcycle drivers have a reputation for being careless and dangerous. Unfortunately, this reputation has more to do with the vehicle itself, than it does the driver. In research conducted by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) during 2003, it was found that in all motorcycle accidents occurring between motorcyclists and cars, the motorcyclist was either not at fault or less at fault than the other driver 80 percent of the time.
A Motorcycle does place the driver in a very vulnerable position on the streets, because they are so difficult for other drivers to see. Because of this fact, motorcycles and their drivers are involved in some of the most serious accidents. LegalInfo.com reports that motorcycle fatalities are on the rise. In 2007, a record high of 12 percent of all vehicle crash deaths in the U.S. involved a motorcycle. Most of the time, these accidents are not the fault of the motorcycle driver.
When the unfortunate circumstance of a motorcycle accident happens, the accident victim should seek immediate legal representation to recover the appropriate associated expenses. Here is a list of vital elements that you should consider when hiring a motorcycle injury attorney:
Do Not Wait – Every day that passes after the motorcycle accident is another day your case becomes weaker. With these types of accidents, the evidence and details need to be recorded immediately. Any time wasted will mean additional work later on and a potentially longer wait time for a settlement to be reached.
Be Selective When Hiring an Attorney – Do your research on any firm you may be considering. If free consultations are offered, utilize them to ask pointed questions. Review the experience and knowledge of the firm in the motorcycle accident sector. Additionally, when interviewing the attorney, you should ensure that there is a comfort level in the communication process, as this same individual may be your main point of contact.
Call An Attorney Before Signing Anything – Remember: The public perceives motorcycle drivers as reckless, so insurance companies will try to assign blame to the victim. Do not sign anything before speaking with an attorney.
Hire An Attorney Who Knows Insurance – Insurance companies have few ethics when it comes to avoiding payments to which accident victims are entitled. Motorcycle accidents are no different. When a motorcyclist is injured, it is critical to hire an attorney who can fight the insurance companies for your rights. Inexperienced attorneys are more likely to be bullied by insurance companies and to be taken advantage of for their lack of knowledge. Typically, this will translate into less money recovered for the victim.
When you are in a motorcycle accident, an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will make sure that your rights are preserved under Louisiana Law. Take the first step towards protecting your rights by contacting Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experiences and are here to help you get the justice you deserve. Click here to contact our office, or call us directly at (225) 387-2323.