Important Questions To Ask Your Potential Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Posted on: 13 November 2015

Have you recently been involved in a motorcycle accident? Are you worried that the insurance company might not be willing to pay you everything you deserve? No matter whether it was you or the other driver who was on the motorcycle at the time of the accident, dealing with insurance companies may seem like a confusing new career. Fortunately, you can always hire a motorcycle accident attorney to take care of everything for you. But instead of simply hiring whomever has the first entry in the phone book, here are some questions you should consider asking:

How many similar cases have you handled? An accident between a motorcycle and a commercial truck may involve slightly different laws than when there is an accident between a motorcycle and an ordinary family car. The best motorcycle accident attorney for your case is going to be somebody who has been previously successful in handling the same type of accident. He or she should be able to give you a rough idea of his or her previous track record, including how many previous lawsuits were settled favorably out of court. This can help to give you a good idea as to whether or not this particular lawyer will be able to handle all the aspects of your case.

Do I have a strong case? Although you might think that you have a good case, it might actually not be very strong if you were riding without a helmet or were driving recklessly. On the other hand, you might not think that your chances of a settlement in your favor are very high, even when a case is likely to rule in your favor. A good motorcycle accident attorney will let you know exactly what he or she believes your chances to be. He or she will be able to explain exactly why you have a strong case or a weak case and if there is anything you can do to raise your chances of success. 

What sort of fees do you charge? While one motorcycle accident attorney may charge an hourly rate, others will charge you a flat percentage rate depending on how much your settlement ends up being. Some lawyers may add court costs to your final bill, while others will expect these fees to be paid as you go along. Finding out ahead of time exactly what to expect will help you to be able to better budget your money. If you're expected to pay court costs as you go along, you may want to delay immediately taking your vehicle to a mechanic, so that you'll have money available to put towards your case.

For more information, consult with firms like Scherline And Associates.