You Need to Hire the BEST Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Your Case
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident involving another vehicle, you know how little time there was to react to the impending disaster. Unfortunately, after a crash, there’s not much time to react to what you should do next either. You need to find the best motorcycle accident lawyer to represent you in California as soon as you can. If you don’t, you may lose the legal advantage you gain by getting a top motorcycle lawyer on your side.
It Wasn’t Your Fault
It’s estimated that two-thirds (66%) of motorcycle accidents involving other motor vehicles were caused by cars and trucks violating the motorcyclist’s right of way. That means that in the majority of these cases, the other driver could be found at fault for any injuries, lost property, and pain and suffering you (the motorcyclist) has endured. And, when someone is legally at fault, they can be held financially liable. You need to find the best motorcycle accident lawyer in California to represent you when you’ve been seriously injured by another motorist.
Don’t let others take advantage of you. Get the expert legal representation you need to get the compensation you deserve.
But How Do You Find the Best Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
The search to find the best motorcycle accident lawyer for you can be really challenging or really easy – depending on whether you find someone who stands apart from the rest. Most motorcycle accident lawyers are really just personal injury lawyers who handle dozens of types of injury cases, including some motorcycle crashes along with all sorts of other cases like slip and falls, assaults, dog bites, drug class action lawsuits and more. But there are others who really focus on representing motorcycle accident clients. Your search for the best should start there.
When you are trying to find the best motorcycle accident lawyer in California, there are a few things you can do to make the right decision. Here’s a list of items we’ve compiled for you to consider when looking for the best motorcycle accident attorney for your case:
Start Right Now
The good news is that if you are reading this, you’ve already taken a step in the right direction. You’re already looking for the best motorcycle accident lawyer to present your case to the insurance companies and represent you in court if that’s what it takes. But how do you separate the good lawyers from the bad?
Read Online Reviews
Finding the best motorcycle accident lawyer for you has never been easier. With access to online reviews 24/7, you can search for and compare motorcycle accident lawyers in California any time of day or night. You can even do so from your hospital bed during your recovery.
Paid vs. Free
There are various legal industry websites that “endorse” lawyers to convince you that you are making a solid choice. Those sites offer attorneys recognition on these websites and badges the attorneys can place on their own websites to impress colleagues and potential clients. But, the lawyer has to pay a “membership” or “admission” fee for the endorsement.
Be warned! There are various attorney “rating” sites that reward attorneys who pay for listings. Just because a lawyer has a dozen “Awesome Lawyer” badges on their website, doesn’t mean they are actually awesome. They may have just paid for the badges.
But, if you’re not quite ready to accept those endorsements and ratings that require lawyers to pay memberships, you can rely on real client testimony posted on websites like Facebook, Google+ and Yelp! These real reviews give you a much more accurate picture of who an individual lawyer is, what they can do for you, and how well they have treated other clients in the past. This real connection from former clients is crucial because in the days of hard-charging internet marketing, some motorcycle accident attorneys resort to all sorts of marketing tricks to bump up their reputation.
Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers has over 150 5-star reviews and she is proud to showcase some of those real-life reviews on her website. You can read some of those here.
If you’re someone who is considering an attorney for a personal accident, I highly recommend Sally Morin and her professional staff of attorneys. If you would like to know more details, feel free to contact me via Yelp and I would be happy to share more details. While I use Yelp quite often, I rarely post reviews… unless I’m truly blown away by great service (or angry with horrible service). If there were a sixth star, I would certainly give it to Rebecca and Sally!
Look for Years of Experience
A newly minted lawyer fresh out of school may do your case justice. But don’t you owe it to yourself to find the best motorcycle accident lawyer you can? That means you should always look at how many years an attorney or law firm has been in the legal industry in addition to reading about how well recent clients have fared. Sally Morin has been helping clients get the just compensation they deserve after personal injury accidents in California for over 20 years. She oversees a team of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers who have been handling motorcycle accident cases since the moment they graduated law school.
But years don’t necessarily translate into the best possible representation. One of the best questions to ask a motorcycle accident lawyer before you hire them is how many cases have they successfully represented and what sort of settlements have they won for their clients.
Do They Have Litigation Experience?
If your motorcycle accident case goes to a California court, you’re going to want a lawyer who has significant litigation experience. What many people don’t realize is there are quite a few lawyers who very rarely set foot in courtrooms. Most of their work is done in offices and boardrooms throughout California. And while getting a solid insurance settlement is the most efficient way for victims of motorcycle accidents to get the compensation they deserve, if the insurance companies or at-fault party isn’t willing to pay what they should, taking the matter to court may be the next logical step.
Sally Morin has been successfully litigating cases in California courtrooms for over 20 years.
Do They Have Experience with Injuries Like Yours?
Some of the most common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents throughout California include:
- Lower Extremity Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal injuries
- “Road Rash”
And while any injury you suffer is traumatic to you, some types of injuries are far more costly. For example, minor road rash will normally heal in a few months on its own. You may require reconstructive surgery but the overall medical expense associated with such an injury is going to be far less than that associated with any sort of brain injury or broken bones that may require multiple surgeries.
That’s something you’ll want to consider when trying to find the best motorcycle accident lawyer for you. Can you get by with a decent lawyer if your injuries don’t have that much of an impact on your daily life? Would you trust that same lawyer with your case if you suffered severe brain injuries that required months or even years of rehabilitation?
The Trust Factor
You might not feel that “trusting your gut” is the best way to go when trying to find the best motorcycle accident lawyer to represent you. But modern science has discovered that gut reactions are often more accurate than scientific methods for predicting successful outcomes. Why? Because those gut reactions are based on intuition. Intuition is our brain’s way of quickly processing a massive amount of data and coming to a decision within seconds. We’ve been doing it for centuries as part of the “fight or flight” response and while intuition may not play a big part in most life and death decisions in modern times, they can definitely have a big impact on your financial recovery after a motorcycle accident.
But how do you know if you should trust a lawyer? Speak with them directly and ask questions.
Whatever motorcycle accident attorney you’re considering should be able to make time to speak with you directly (either over the phone or in person). From that interaction, you should be able to come to a fairly certain decision about whether or not you can trust them with your case. But that decision isn’t just based on immediate observation. It’s based on all the research you’ve done up to this point and the answers you get to the best questions to ask a motorcycle accident lawyer.
The Best Questions to Ask a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
In addition to finding Google, Yelp!, and Facebook reviews, and digging through a potential lawyer’s website, you should always have a conversation first before deciding whether or not to hire them. When searching for the best motorcycle accident lawyer to help you, you should never be expected to pay for an initial consultation. This meeting (or phone call) is just a preliminary discussion during which you can ask questions of the lawyer and she can give you advice about how to proceed with your case. It’s a fact-finding mission for both parties to see if they’re a good fit for each other.
And while you should never have to pay for a consultation, you should always come prepared. Below you’ll find a list of the best 8 questions to ask to ensure you find the best motorcycle accident lawyer to represent you.
1. How Many Motorcycle Crash Cases Have You Personally Handled?
Every law firm is set up differently but your case will not often be handled directly on a day-to-day basis by the senior partner at a firm. Your case will likely be handled by an associate lawyer, so it’s important to know that particular lawyer’s track record, so to speak, with motorcycle accident cases. While the top-billed lawyer at a firm may have decades of experience, their associates may be fresh out of school, or never even handled a motorcycle accident claim before.
Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers’ entire team has significant amounts of real-world motorcycle accident practice under their belts. In addition, Sally herself oversees every single case, as she has done for over 20 years.
2. How Many Cases Like Mine Have You Handled?
It doesn’t matter how many personal injury cases your attorney has handled if they’ve never successfully pursued a motorcycle accident case. And, not every motorcycle accident is the same. You’ll want to know that your chosen lawyer has seen cases like yours, has represented clients similar to you and has created successful outcomes in situations like yours.
3. What is My Case Really Worth?
Many “billboard” lawyers will entice new clients with overinflated settlement promises. While your motorcycle accident may be the most important thing in the world to you, insurance companies, defense attorneys, and judges have seen dozens of cases like yours this year alone. You need to know what your injuries are actually worth, what you can realistically expect from an insurance settlement, and if it’s worth taking your case to court.
Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers is always up front when discussing potential financial awards. And while everyone here does their utmost to get you the best possible amount, we also take into consideration the stress a lengthy recovery process puts on you, how likely an insurance company is to settle quickly, and whether or not a judge is likely to side with you. You will have all of this information yourself and we will walk you through every aspect of the decision process.
4. How Long Will My Case Take?
Every case is different. And nobody can predict just how quickly one will be resolved. However, your motorcycle accident lawyer should have the knowledge to present a reasonable first demand to the insurance company—a demand that not only covers all of your expenses but will likely result in a quick settlement. However, if your case does need to go to court, whatever motorcycle accident lawyer you choose to represent you should be right there by your side through the litigation process.
5. Who Will I Talk to at the Law Firm?
While you may not always be able to (or want to) speak directly with the senior partner at any law firm, you should have direct access to the attorney assigned to your case. You should feel confident that the person you’re talking to has an in-depth knowledge of your case, is 100% committed to you, and is not distracted by a long list of other clients when you are counting on them. The bottom line is that you should also be able to speak directly to the senior partner at your chosen law firm if you need to discuss something important. That person should never be unreachable or shut you out entirely.
Personal commitment is a keystone at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers. The lawyer assigned to your case will give you 100%. We are very selective about the clients we choose to represent, so we can offer high-quality client service, rather than be scattered trying to represent hundreds of clients at one time. When we choose to accept your case, you become our priority.
6. What Can I Do (Or What Shouldn’t I Do) to Help My Case?
A good lawyer will give you a list of things you should be doing, and a list of things you shouldn’t be doing while you’re working through the difficult financial recovery process. Of course, your primary concern should always be getting regular medical treatments and improving your health one day at a time. However, you may also be asked to:
- Keep a journal through the healing process
- Take regular photos of yourself as you heal
- Collect certain types of evidence (if you’re able)
- Provide documentation from your employer
Additionally, you should NOT:
- Discuss your case on social media
- Contact the insurance companies, hospital billing departments, or defense attorneys yourself
- Answer any questions posed to you by an insurance adjuster that go beyond your name and contact information.
7. How Successful Are You at Settling Motorcycle Accident Cases?
Some lawyers don’t focus much energy on trying to settle cases. They immediately position every case for trial, as they relish trying cases in courtrooms. If your goal is to get solid financial compensation for your motorcycle claim, but you don’t want to drag it out or increase your stress levels, you want to find the best motorcycle accident lawyer who will focus on a strong settlement.
Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers has a great success rate with solid motorcycle accident settlements. We put a lot of work into your case the moment we take you on as a client so we can maximize the value of your settlement and get it for you as efficiently as possible.
8. Will You Handle My Case if It Has to Go to Court?
The answer should always be “yes.” If your lawyer won’t back you up if your case truly needs to go to court, you’re going to have to find another one who will. That’s an unnecessary waste of time and expense.
Many lawyers don’t go to trial – ever. They choose not to handle litigation, and will immediately withdraw from representation once a case needs to be litigated. Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers works hard to settle cases – really hard! But, we also understand that if after all that work the case doesn’t settle, it may need to be litigated to get you a fair result. We will always discuss the details of your case with you and give you all the information you need to feel comfortable making the decision on whether to settle or go to court.
While a quick and solid insurance settlement is often most beneficial for victims of motorcycle accidents in California, if your case does need to go to court, Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers will be there. We’ve got over 20 years of experience in California courtrooms.
Contact the Legal Experts at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Now that you know how to find the best motorcycle accident lawyer to represent your case to insurance companies, defense attorneys, and in California courtrooms, it’s time to get in touch with us. You can request a free case evaluation online or call 1-877-380-8852 right now.
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Learn More about the California Motorcycle Accident Team at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers
Hopefully, this information has been helpful in giving you a plan on how to find the best motorcycle accident lawyer for your California accident. But, since you want to find the best, you really need to check out Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers.
Find out here if we are a good fit for you and your case.