Trantolo & Trantolo’s team includes multiple staff members who ride. However, when you’re searching for a motorcycle accident attorney, it’s just as important to consider knowledge as it is to factor in experience.
Motorcycle accidents are 26 times more likely to result in death than ordinary car collisions and, in fact, are the leading cause of fatalities on U.S. roads. Those involved have a greater chance of experiencing a head injury, which requires extensive time away from work, therapy, and high medical bills. Yet, as is the case with all motor vehicle claims, you’ll face an insurance company that wants to delay payments and deny responsibility.
As a result, it’s imperative a lawyer gets involved. Here are some points to look for:
Any motor vehicle accident lawyer ought to be experienced in the field, including knowing state and national transportation laws and understanding how to deal with insurance and health care companies directly.
With motorcycle claims, however, a lawyer additionally should be familiar with a range of models, products, parts, and typical accidents:
- Hit and runs
- Rear-end collisions
- Failure to yield and stop sign accidents
- Left-turn collisions
- Drunk driving
- Defective products and parts
- Accidents resulting from poor visibility
Beyond experience, any personal injury attorney should have a “no fee” until a case is won payment structure. To know how he or she will handle your case, get answers to these questions:
- How much of your practice is devoted to motorcycle injuries?
- What is the typical settlement?
- Who do you represent – the plaintiff or defendant?
- What is your fee structure?
Additionally, it’s recommended that you ask others in the motorcycle community about whom they have used for legal representation.
Even when you find the best attorney, you’re still required to prove your case.
Ideally, start collecting evidence from the scene, and be ready to present this information to a lawyer: about the accident, any injuries, and financial losses. Come prepared with your insurance policy, information from witnesses, and your medical records.
As well, be aware of your state’s statute of limitations. As severe motorcycle accidents will almost always require a lawyer, start seeking out legal representation within a week of the incident. And, when you deal with the insurance company, do not admit blame, accept a settlement, or sign paperwork until a lawyer gets involved.
Motorcycle accident cases can become long and complex ordeals, as the insurance company often low-balls the claimant at first. Rather than accepting it, work toward a fair and just amount with Trantolo & Trantolo. Contact any of our Connecticut law offices to learn more.