Have you recently suffered significant injuries as the result of a motorcycle accident? Do you worry about the financial stress that an accident will cause you? If so, then you need to find and hire a reputable motorcycle accident lawyer.
Doing so will give you the best chance of receiving the compensation that you need. The attorney can help you pinpoint the total amount that you need to pursue, as well as help you compile evidence and build your case.
See below for the several questions that you should ask about any motorcycle accident that you are considering hiring.
1. Do You Specialize in Motorcycle Accident Cases?
Are you hiring the right lawyer for your case? That depends on whether they specialize in motorcycle accident cases.
Many people make the mistake of hiring a lawyer strictly because they have a mutual connection, are a relative, or they saw them on a highway billboard.
While they might be a personal injury lawyer, you want to make sure that they have experience with motorcycle accident cases. Otherwise, there might be serious holes in the case that you build.
Be sure to ask these questions in regard to their experience:
- Do you have any prior experience representing injured motorcyclists?
- How many motorcyclists have you represented in the past?
- What is your success rate with motorcyclist cases?
- Do you see similarities between my case and the case of others that you have represented?
These questions will help you gauge how their prior experience can help you. What resources do they have that can help you? How has their network and firm’s resources helped them with previous clients they have represented?
If they do not have experience in this area, they might also underestimate the amount of compensation that you need. You need someone passionate and experienced with motorcycle accident cases.
2. Who Will Handle My Case?
This might seem like a weird question to ask a motorcyclist accident attorney. But there are times when you might think you are hiring one lawyer when you are essentially hiring the entire firm instead.
Some lawyers like to delegate their work a little too much. They take on too many cases at once and cannot oversee the details of their client’s case.
When that happens, lesser motorcycle accident lawyers will turn your case to the associates, interns, or paralegals at their firm to oversee crucial details of your case. It is not uncommon for associates at a firm to oversee documentation that is needed in your case.
The best motorcycle accident lawyer will communicate how your case will be overseen in its entirety. They will remain in full control of your case. If they do delegate work to others at their firm, they will double-check everything to make sure no costly errors were made.
And always, you can ask your attorney any question about your case at any time.
3. How Long Do You Anticipate My Case to Last?
First off, this should be prefaced by saying that experienced motorcycle accident lawyers always prepare for a case to be taken to trial. That said, they’ll actively try to settle with the opposition before having to take it to court.
Even if your lawyer files for a lawsuit, they can still negotiate with the opposition to settle during the eleventh hour.
Ask the lawyer you are speaking with how long they anticipate the case taking. Some settlements can take as long as two years before you receive any sort of compensation.
You will want to hire a trusted motorcycle attorney, apply for pre-settlement funding, then prepare for the long play. Remember, there are some external factors outside your control, so the process may always take longer or shorter than you had anticipated.
4. What Areas Do You Primarily Represent?
It is important to know if there are any geological restrictions with the lawyer or law firm that you are hiring. Some firms only provide representation within a city or two.
We take pride in representing all of South California. Our headquarters are in Orange County, but we heavily represent in places such as Los Angeles County, Riverside County, Fresno, and Bakersfield.
Our attorneys are well-versed in federal, state, and local law, so you can ensure a knowledgeable lawyer for any county that you might live in.
5. How Do You Charge for Your Services?
There are three primary ways that lawyers charge their clients. They either charge hourly rates, flat fees, or contingency fees.
Hourly rates are exactly as they sound, the attorney gets paid by the number of hours they spend working on your case. Flat fees are also pretty straightforward: they charge an all-inclusive rate. That is usually for smaller legal matters, not representing a case.
Then there is a contingent fee when means the lawyer will take a percentage of the settlement that you receive.
Neither is necessarily right or wrong. Make sure to ask how your lawyer will bill you and make sure you are comfortable with the billing method they use.
Hire the Best Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Southern California
Now that you have seen all of the different questions to ask the motorcycle accident lawyer that you hire, be sure to find the right one for your case. The Law Offices of Daniel Kim are known for their compassion, extensive experience, and 98% success rate for our clients. We personalize our approach for each case, making sure we know the ins and outs of the client’s lawsuit.
For more information on personal injury law, read this article on hiring a personal injury attorney in your area.
For a free consultation, contact our offices, we will be happy to assist you further.