Motorcycle riders are all too familiar with careless drivers who fail to keep a proper lookout for them, but that frustration is multiplied after an accident with a passenger car. For instance, it is often a surprise that hospitals and medical providers don’t want to submit your bills to your health insurance for your accident treatment and some auto insurance adjusters are notoriously hard to communicate with. In that situation, one might ask themselves “Where am I supposed to get the money to pay these bills from”? These difficulties increase the stress in an already troubling situation and further complicate your life and finances. Our lawyers are accustomed to dealing with insurance companies and health care providers and know-how to make sure your interests are protected, and your bills are paid. And we also know how to maximize an injured person’s final settlement and save them money among many other things.
What Should I do After a Motorcycle Accident?
Below are some general guidelines about what to do after an accident if you are able. First, make sure everyone is reasonably safe and call for help by dialing 911. One thing to keep in mind is, it is never a good idea to argue with people at the scene which sometimes happens. You will also want to be sure you are cooperative with law enforcement and first responders because they are there to help you.
After any accident:
- Get out of the road to safety
- Check on other drivers and passengers if possible
- Call police
- Take pictures of the accident scene and vehicles
- Exchange information with the other party involved
- Get legal advice before giving a recorded statement to any insurance company.
Do You Need a Lawyer After a Motorcycle Accident?
Over the years, we have seen the numerous problems that can arise when someone represents themselves in a motorcycle accident case, and we know that a lawyer can make your life easier. The problems a lawyer can help you avoid are numerous but here are some common examples of mistakes a lawyer can help people avoid:
- Bad recorded statements
- Bills not submitted to health insurance
- Lost evidence
- Lost witnesses
- Lost physical evidence
What Does a Motorcycle Accident Attorney do?
A lawyer can help you in numerous ways after an accident. We can help you with accident investigation, handling your insurance claims, Disability claims and special needs that are unique to each individual situation.
Compensation for Medical Bills, Lost Wages, Vehicle Repairs
- Help you with your insurance claim/compensation
- Help you find resources for healthcare
- Help you find counseling services
Should You Hire a Lawyer for a Motorcycle Accident?
There is an old saying, “A lawyer who represents themselves has a fool for a client” and we agree! The injury lawyers at Roberts Wilson, P.A. are human too and we’ve all had experiences where we needed to get independent advice from time to time. Unless you are accustomed to handling accident claims, there are many, many ways you can harm your case if you are not careful and aware of the danger. We know where the pitfalls are, and we know how to maximize your recovery and make sure you and your family are protected.
The reasons we think people should hire lawyers are simple and straight forward. Here are some of those reasons:
- Large claims – the larger the claim the more room for error
- You are uncomfortable handling a claim on your own
- You don’t have time
- The process is adversarial
- Could miss out on money if you don’t
- Hidden Insurance contract obligations
How Long do You Have to Contact a Lawyer After a Motorcycle Accident?
It is always advisable that people get legal advice as quickly as possible after an accident. At Roberts Wilson, P.A. we offer free initial consultations, so there is no reason not to take advantage of this. We can help you decide if you need an attorney and, in many cases, there may not be a need for a lawyer, but this is something you need to find out sooner than later because the stakes can be high. There are also important deadlines like the statute of limitations that can come into play and a lawyer can help you identify these time frames. Missing a statute of limitations can cause your claim to be denied, so this is essential information in any accident claim. Medical bills need to be submitted to the proper entity for payment in a timely manner as well.
We advise people to get advice immediately after any accident. We also encourage folks to get a trusted family member to seek advice if the family or victims themselves are overwhelmed by the accident’s aftermath.
How Much Does a Lawyer Charge for a Motorcycle Accident Case?
At Roberts Wilson, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we charge no upfront fees and we only get paid if your case is successful or we win at trial. This means we advance all litigation costs that may arise, and some examples of these expenses are listed below:
- Crash Report Fees
- Medical Records Fees
- Filing Fees
- Accident Reconstruction
- Expert Witnesses
- Deposition fees
Benefits of Hiring Roberts Wilson to Handle Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
We are “Your Local Injury Lawyers” and we live and work in your community. This means we are more accessible and know the lay of the land where your accident occurred. There are also things that are easier for us to work on than an out of town firm might be because we are here and do not have to travel. Knowing the lay of the land in your community can be essential to the success of your case.