How to Find the Best Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
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 Law's 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 Law 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 Law. 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 Law 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.
We Are Great at Settling Cases!
With SOLID Results!
At Sally Morin Law, we successfully settle over 93% of our cases without having to file suit and litigate, and only 1% of our cases end up in trial. Of course when the insurance company is being unreasonable, we'll litigate and fight for what's fair for our client. The bottom line is we do what is best for our client!
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 Law 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 Law will be there. We've got over 20 years of experience in California courtrooms.
Contact the Legal Experts at Sally Morin Law 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 Law
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 Law.
Find out here if we are a good fit for you and your case.