I’ve Been Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident – Do I Need a Lawyer?

September 28, 2016
I’ve Been Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident – Do I Need a Lawyer?

Motorcycle accidents can easily leave victims with extremely serious injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 92,000 individuals hurt in motorcycle accidents during 2014.1 In a significant number of these incidents, the motorcyclists who were hurt were innocent victims who did nothing wrong other than choosing to ride their bike on that particular day.

If you have recently been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering whether or not you need to call an attorney. If you have already been contacted by the insurance company or another party offering you money for your injuries and any damage to your property, you may feel like retaining a motorcycle accident lawyer may be a waste of time and money – after all, why would you pay a lawyer to represent you when you can do so yourself?

You Should Always retain an attorney after a motorcycle accident, regardless of the circumstances. There are many ways that an attorney can help victims, and having an experienced lawyer guide you through the personal injury claims process can make it much easier than trying to navigate your it yourself. Some of the specific ways that an attorney can be of assistance are detailed below.

The Assistance of an Attorney Will Allow You to Focus on Your Recovery

If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you should be focusing on your recovery, not dealing with an insurance company that is doing everything possible to minimize the amount it is going to pay you. When you retain a lawyer, he or she will investigate your claim and communicate with the insurance company on your behalf.

Your Lawyer will Determine Whether You Have a Legal Claim

Not every motorcycle accident gives victims the right to recover compensation. When you meet with an attorney, he or she will review the facts of your case and let you know whether and against whom you may have a claim.

A Lawyer Will Protect Your Legal Rights

Whether or not you are able to recover compensation depends on whether you can show that someone else was at fault for your accident. In addition, under Florida's comparative fault law,2 if you were partially at fault for your accident, it may reduce your recovery in proportion to your degree of fault. For example, if you are deemed to be 10 percent at fault for an accident and your damages come out to $100,000, you would only receive $90,000 due to your contributory fault.

Insurance company representatives often engage in tactics that are designed to get you to admit full or partial liability for your accident. For this reason, it is best to say as little as possible to them as possible. When you retain an attorney, he or she will talk to will talk to the insurance company for you, ensuring that you don't say or do anything that could potentially harm your right to recover compensation.

An Attorney Will Negotiate a Fair Settlement Offer or Take Your Case to

Most personal injury cases are resolved through the settlement process, in which an insurance company and the injured party agree to an amount that will cover the victim's damages. This amount is supposed to approximate the amount that a particular case would fetch at trial, so in order to effectively negotiate a settlement offer, one must have some idea about how much a case is worth.

Your attorney will thoroughly examine both the economic and non-economic losses you have sustained and ensure that any settlement offer you accept accurately reflects the value of your case. In the event that the insurance company that you are dealing with is unwilling to make a reasonable settlement offer, your lawyer will file a lawsuit in the appropriate court and take your case to trial, if necessary.

Call a Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, the first call you make afterward should be to a skilled attorney who has experienced representing the rights of individuals hurt in accidents. In many instances, victims are legally entitled to compensation for the injuries they have sustained, including their medical bills, physical and emotional pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and property damage. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

(727) 451-6900 1 https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812292

2 https://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0768/Sections/0768.81.html

Matthew Dolman

Clearwater Personal Injury and Insurance Attorney

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess or $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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