There is simply something freeing about riding a motorcycle, but at the same time, there is also more risk. Sadly, many motorcycle riders are injured in Texas and throughout the country as a whole every year.
When an accident involving a motorcycle is not primarily the fault of the rider, the rider can file a personal injury claim. If you are in this situation, it is imperative that you hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to handle your case. There are five top reasons why you should have a lawyer on your side rather than representing yourself.
A Lawyer Can Determine Whether You are Entitled to Compensation
Unfortunately, it may not always be so cut and dry to know whether you have a case after you have been in a motorcycle accident. This is where a motorcycle accident attorney proves to be so valuable. They have the knowledge of the law and can counsel you to learn all the facts surrounding the accident. After they have all those facts and look at the evidence, a lawyer can determine whether you deserve compensation. For instance, if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, the comparative negligence law applies. If your accident resulted due to a car not stopping at a red light or stop sign but you were traveling on your motorcycle slightly over the speed limit, you might be found to be 10 percent at fault for the accident. As a result, you would only recover 90 percent of the compensation you were seeking. In other words, if you were seeking $10,000, you would only get $9,000 if your case was successful.
A Lawyer Can Explain the Legal Filing Process to You
Once your attorney determines that you have a legitimate personal injury claim, they can help you to understand the legal process of filing your claim. Generally, the circumstances surrounding your case can determine whether you should go through the at-fault party’s insurance company or if you have to go through the court.
A Lawyer Can Answer All Your Questions
As a layperson, you may not know all the facts about the law or about how a personal injury claim works. However, your motorcycle accident attorney can listen to all your concerns and answer any and all questions you have about the process and what you can expect throughout it. This can help to ease any worries you may have and can help the process go more smoothly.
A Lawyer Has Experience Dealing with Insurance Companies
If you plan on receiving compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company, your attorney is the most valuable asset available to you. A lawyer has the knowledge and experience necessary to negotiate with an insurance company and knows all the tricks and tactics insurers attempt. They can help you to get a better, satisfactory settlement amount instead of a lowball amount, which is commonly offered when an injured party attempts to deal with an insurer by themselves.
A Lawyer Can File a Lawsuit for You and Represent You in Court
Finally, if the need arises for filing a lawsuit, a motorcycle accident lawyer can do that for you and represent you in court if your case goes to trial. Your attorney can explain why it’s in your best interest to file a lawsuit and when it should be filed. This is a complex process that requires extensive knowledge of the law. They can also represent you in court, which is sure to give you a better outcome in your case than if you represent yourself.
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