While you explore your financial recovery options in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, you may have questions about what a motorcycle accident lawyer does. To resolve your case, they will:
- Itemize the cost of your accident-related damages
- Determine who or what caused your accident
- Negotiate a settlement with the liable insurance company
- File a motorcycle accident lawsuit, if an agreement with the insurer cannot be reached
Your motorcycle accident lawyer will also provide you with information regarding how Nevada’s statute of limitations affects your case, as described under NRS §11.190(4)(e).
Services Your Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Will Provide
When you get a lawyer to help with your motorcycle accident case, their goal is to secure a financial recovery that covers the cost of your damages. The types of services that your lawyer provides will depend on the facts of your situation. However, for the most part, you can expect your lawyer to:
Itemize the Cost of Your Accident-Related Damages
Following a motorcycle accident, you may be experiencing a variety of accident-related losses. Your lawyer can assign a monetary value to each of them, even damages like past and future pain and suffering. This will help you seek the money you need.
Some damages that your lawyer can include in your claim include:
- Past and future mental anguish
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damage costs
If you lost a loved one due to a motorcycle accident, you could recover a different set of damages. Your motorcycle accident lawyer can explain what they are.
Determine the Cause of Your Accident
By understanding the cause of your accident, your lawyer can gain insight into who should be financially liable for your losses. They can consult with accident reconstruction specialists, review traffic camera footage, and interview witnesses to learn more about how your accident happened.
Some potential causes of your accident may include:
- Distracted driving, such as texting
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to obey traffic signs
- Failure to yield to the right-of-way
Once your lawyer understands the cause of your accident, they can identify the at-fault and liable parties.
Negotiate a Settlement with the Liable Insurance Company
Once your lawyer determines who caused your accident, they can move forward with negotiating a settlement on your behalf. After notifying the insurance company of your accident and the cost of your damages, they will either:
- Deny your claim
- Accept your claim
- Extend a counteroffer
The insurance company’s response will determine the course of action that your lawyer should take. If the insurance company decides to pay for your losses, then your case may be resolved. However, if they do not cooperate, your lawyer can discuss whether filing a lawsuit could serve your interests.
File a Lawsuit
Most motorcycle accident cases do not go to court. You will likely be able to settle your legal matters through the negotiation process. Yet, if this does not pan out, then your lawyer can file a lawsuit and litigate your case.
As noted earlier, you have a short period in which you can pursue a lawsuit. By failing to file your lawsuit within this period, you risk missing out on your chance to pursue financial recovery, as the American Bar Association (ABA) explains. While your lawsuit is pending, your lawyer can:
- Manage your case’s paperwork
- Gather witness testimony and cross-examine the other party’s witnesses
- Consult with healthcare experts
- Exchange evidence with the other party’s legal counsel during the discovery phase of the trial
- Handle all necessary communications
- Advise you on what you should say in court (if you need to make an appearance)
Your lawyer may be able to help you with other legal-related matters beyond those listed here.
Our Team Handles Cases on a Contingency-Fee-Basis
While you determine whether working with a lawyer is right for you, you may have concerns about how you will pay them. Our motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that you will not have to pay anything upfront for our help.
You will not need to pay our team on an hourly basis, either. You only pay your lawyer if they win your case, and even then, compensation for their services comes out of your insurance settlement or court award.
Call Bernstein & Poisson for Help with Your Case
If you need help with your motorcycle accident case, look no further than Bernstein & Poisson. Our law firm can help you recover compensation for your personal injury case. To begin a free consultation, call (702) 633-3333.