Are you a motorcycle owner? Have you recently been involved in an accident with another vehicle? Although you might not like the idea of a lawsuit, it may be necessary to help you recover the cost of your medical bills and other expenses. But in order for your lawsuit to be successful, you're going to need a good lawyer. Here are some questions you should ask before hiring any motorcycle accident lawyer:
Are motorcycle accidents your specialty? If the attorney says that they are a motorcycle accident lawyer, but most of their cases actually involve other types of vehicles, you may want to consider looking elsewhere. Although the attorney may be perfectly capable, motorcycle laws can sometimes vary slightly from laws for other types of vehicles. In order to get the most out of your lawsuit, you'll want someone who is as familiar as possible with all the various sections of motorcycle law. This familiarity can help them when questioning witnesses in the courtroom and when filing case documents, allowing them to get as much information in your favor as possible.
Who will be working on my case? Almost all attorneys will hand at least part of the paperwork over to their secretary, paralegal or other junior staffer. Since much of it is fairly routine, it's not necessary for the motorcycle accident lawyer to handle everything by himself or herself. However, you also might not want your paperwork being handled by an unpaid intern who has yet to graduate from school. Most attorneys will not hand important case files off to an unpaid intern, but asking you will be able to know for sure.
What are your fees? Don't assume that a motorcycle accident lawyer will charge a particular rate simply because that's the rate your friend got by using a different lawyer. Attorney fees will vary not only by state and city but also by the lawyer or law firm in question. Some may charge hourly rates, while others will simply take a percentage of whatever settlement that you are awarded. Knowing what you'll be expected to pay will help you to decide whether or not to hire the attorney in the first place. If the attorney wants an hourly rate, you may not want to hire them at all if you're only expecting a relatively small settlement. But if you can afford to pay for them hourly and are expecting a huge settlement at the end, you may not want to give them a substantial portion of what you win.Share