It can be worth hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer if you want someone to handle the legal process for you and ensure your case is on track, among other reasons. An insurance company or judge will not dismiss your case because you do not have legal representation.
However, working with a lawyer can help you with several of your goals. They can calculate the cost of your expenses, negotiate with the insurance company, and file a lawsuit if necessary. Additionally, many law offices work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning that you could hire a motorcycle accident lawyer at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
A Lawyer Can Calculate the Cost of Your Accident-Related Losses
After getting hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may have incurred a variety of accident-related expenses. Yet, when taking into account your future expenses and insurance coverage, you may be unsure of what you are owed. A lawyer can determine the cost of your accident-related losses on your behalf.
They can also use their findings as the basis of their insurance negotiations. For instance, you could seek financial recovery for the following:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Property damage costs
- Healthcare expenses
- Lost income
- Future loss of earning capacity
Your lawyer can explain whether you are eligible to collect other types of compensation. If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, some compensable losses could include loss of consortium, the decedent’s funeral expenses and medical bills, and loss of parental guidance.
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An Attorney Can Negotiate with the Insurance Company for You
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcycle accident victims are at a higher risk of injuries and death than their passenger vehicle counterparts. If you are among those severely injured after a motorcycle accident, you may be in no state to negotiate with the claims adjuster. Yet, this is one of the many things that a motorcycle accident lawyer can do for you.
Their goal is to help you seek a fair settlement for your accident-related losses. Not only can your lawyer negotiate for a settlement, but they can also work to counteract any bad faith insurance practices that impede your right to seek fair compensation. They can also:
- Review your coverage options and advise you on a course of action
- Determine whether any proposed settlement offers are fair
- Manage communications with the claims adjuster on your behalf
Your attorney can provide you with many other services throughout your case, depending on your legal needs.
Your Legal Team Can Litigate Your Case
In the event that your case must be taken to court through a lawsuit, know that you only have a short window of opportunity to file a suit. Per NRS §11.190(4)(e), you generally have a two-year period to file a lawsuit. The clock starts counting down from the date of the accident.
Your lawyer can determine whether this timeline applies to you. Additionally, they can help your lawsuit move forward by:
- Submitting your lawsuit’s paperwork
- Presenting evidence of your losses
- Interviewing witnesses
- Consulting with medical doctors and accident reconstruction specialists
- Talking to the other party’s lawyer
- Arguing your case on your behalf
A lawyer can help you determine when a lawsuit may be appropriate, such as cases where an insurance company tries to offer you a lower settlement or deny your claim. If your case does go to court, your lawyer can prepare your case for trial and manage the process for you.
Most Personal Injury Lawyers Work on a Contingency-Fee-Basis
It is no secret that motorcycle accidents can get expensive. Between your medical bills and property damage costs, you may be worried about how you will make ends meet. You may be able to secure the help of a motorcycle accident lawyer at no upfront cost to you.
This is because many personal injury lawyers offer their help on a contingency-fee-basis. This means:
- You do not need to pay your lawyer anything upfront for them to build your case.
- Lawyers can take cases based on merit rather than claimants’ financial resources.
- You may not need to pay your lawyer anything unless your case is resolved.
- Payment for your lawyer’s services comes out of the settlement they recover for you.
Because time may be a factor in your ability to seek compensation, you may want to consider legal representation at your earliest convenience.
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