3 Questions to Ask Your Accident Attorney
When and if you find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident you should immediately consult a motorcycle accident attorney even if all the parties involved are agreeable to a settlement. Sometimes, if you are not aware of your right, you might be inclined to settle for much less than you would deserve and worse require – such as future medical bills and other damages.
In case the involved parties are not agreeable it is in your best interest that you not only consult an attorney that specializes in motorcycle accidents, but also hire one. Ask a few relevant questions to the motorcycle accident attorney you propose to hire to ensure that he is the right person to help you.
- How Many of Your Cases Have Gone on Trial?
This question is important for two reasons. First, it will give you the experience of the lawyer, which is extremely important to build a successful case for you. Second, it will indicate to you whether or not this lawyer really aims to go for a trial or not. Major insurance providers normally keep detailed records about most motorcycle accident attorneys so they could calculate the risks of high compensation lawsuits. When and they know that the lawyer is one who avoid going to trial, the insurance company would end up offering the least possible amount as compensation.
- Do You Work on Contingency Fees?
This is a very important question to ask your prospective bike accident lawyer because this would eliminate your worries about the cost of the trial. In this model, the lawyer would agree to take payment only at the end of the trial and only when you win the trial. The fees at that time would be a percentage of the total sum awarded as compensation to you. In the meantime, the lawyer’s firm would advance the money for most expenses involved such as court fees, investigations fees, paper work fees, and so on.
- How Long Have You Practicing Law in This State?
This is another very critical question to ask. While your lawyer’s experience is a very important aspect while considering to hire him, even more critical is that he has experience in the state where the trial would take place. Though the letter of law is one, each state has its own deviations and amendments and unless the lawyer is well versed with the fine print it might be easy for the other party to win by using existing loopholes in the system or the case.
You also need to consider how comfortable you are talking with the lawyer. This is because he would be representing you and unless you are able to communicate freely with him, he may not be able to get all the information necessary to build a strong case for you. The amount of compensation for the motorcycle crash/ accident will always depend on how good a case he can build and defend when it goes on trial.
If you end up winning your case, you can celebrate with your family over a grill and steaks from Omaha Steaks!