In a motorcycle accident? You’ll have a number of questions swirling around in your head. Get simple, plain-English answers from Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.
In part 1 of this motorcycle accident FAQ series, you learned the basics. Check out some more answers to common questions motorcycle accident victims often have:
How much money can I get?
It’s a tough question that depends on the specific facts of your case. The final answer depends on the:
- Skill and experience of the personal injury lawyer you hire
- Severity of your injuries (which impacts damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment)
- Amount of your paid vs. incurred medical bills
- Whether you had any responsibility for your injuries
- Whether you have lost wages or a loss of earning capacity in the future
- Whether you will have future medical expenses as a result of your injuries
- Punitive damages (in rare cases)
You may be able to get a ballpark figure by talking to a personal injury lawyer directly.
What should I do if the other party’s insurance company contacts me?
Don’t talk to them – not even a peep. Their only goal is to get you to say something that reduces or eliminates what they have to pay you.
Claims adjusters are paid based on how fast they settle your claim, and how little they get you to settle for. You can tell them one thing – that they need to contact your lawyer instead.
How long will it take to settle my case?
For a simple case, with just a single party that causes your injuries, and only you being injured, figure several months for modest injuries and significantly longer if you sustained major injuries.
When more parties than that get involved, or if the defendant disputes the facts, the potential for litigation increases and the cases that settle will typically take more time to do so.
You can get a more accurate time frame quoted when you meet with your motorcycle accident lawyer for your free consultation.
How much does a good motorcycle accident lawyer cost?
The nice thing about this kind of lawyer is that anyone can afford the best representation possible. That’s because motorcycle accident lawyers only charge a percentage (usually 33%) of your case’s final settlement value. The fee is contingent. You only pay if you win your case and get a settlement or verdict.
Be suspicious of the firms you see on TV. They sometimes settle cases as fast as possible (and for far less than they’re worth) to maximize their own profit. They run a “numbers game”. Bigger firms sometimes have inexperienced junior attorneys do all the real work on your case.
Look for a small firm, with about 10-15 employees or so, and 3-5 lawyers. They are often best equipped to give your case the time and attention it deserves so you get the biggest settlement possible.
When should I try to find a motorcycle accident lawyer?
Any time you’ve been injured, and when you think the other party bears some responsibility for your injuries, at least talk to a lawyer. The worst they’ll tell you is that you don’t have a case.
So, hopefully this answers most of your questions about motorcycle accident injury claims. And remember, if you’re confused or not sure, you can always give an injury lawyer a call.
Yes, you might be scared because you’ve met a rude or arrogant lawyer in the past. But, many exist who care about you and have a friendly and compassionate attitude that puts you at ease.