When looking for an attorney for any type of personal injury legal claim, it’s important to develop a strong attorney-client relationship. Most injury victims have little experience with the law, and navigating the legal process can feel stressful and overwhelming. Even finding the right lawyer to represent you may seem difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. There are steps you can take to ensure that you find the right motorcycle accident attorney who will help you obtain the compensation you need to fully recover.
Meet With Potential Attorneys and Ask Questions
To begin your search for an attorney, find names of potential attorneys by asking friends and family, checking the local bar association website, or doing a simple internet search. This can give you a few names of attorneys who might be right for you. Then, set up a meeting. Most injury attorneys offer free consultations, so accident victims can meet with the lawyer, ask questions, and better understand their claim.
At the consultation, ask questions that will give you an idea of what the attorney does, what to expect, and what kind of rapport you may develop. Some helpful questions to ask include:
- What kind of experience do you have with motorcycle cases?
- How long have you been practicing law in Myrtle Beach?
- What is your fee agreement?
- What do you think of the claim?
- What challenges might you face with this claim?
- How do you handle client communication? Who will I talk to if I call to share information or get updates on my claim?
Understanding the Unique Aspects of a Motorcycle Claim
In addition to getting your questions answered, you need to know if your motorcycle accident attorney is prepared to address the unique challenges of this type of legal claim because there is a widely accepted bias against motorcyclists. Law enforcement, other drivers, and insurance companies often assume that the motorcyclist is to blame for the accident. However, most motorcyclists are safe, responsible drivers, and they deserve the respect and fair treatment afforded others on the road. The right attorney should be ready to address this prejudice to obtain the best possible outcome.
Also, motorcyclists typically suffer more severe injuries than others involved in traffic accidents. Motorcycles offer little protection in a crash, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of passenger cars. Given the seriousness of motorcycle injuries, the compensation provided by a legal claim can make a significant difference in the lives of motorcyclists and their families, especially because they often face expensive medical bills and lost wages. The right attorney for these claims must understand both the current circumstance and the likely future prognosis for victims and their families. Once a claim has been settled or decided by the courts, it is not typically possible to revisit the claim to obtain further compensation.
Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.