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1) Choosing an Attorney
One is that you want to make sure that you find an attorney whose core focus is handling motorcycle accident cases, who knows how to handle those cases and can give the attention necessary to handle that case well. You may have another attorney that you have some prior experience with on other matters, and you may want to reach out to that attorney since you know them, but you really want to make sure that you find somebody whose core focus is on motorcycle accident cases.
You also want to find somebody who has a lot of experience and success in handling motorcycle accident cases. A lot of people will advertise that they can handle your motorcycle accident case. You want to make sure you find somebody who really does know all the different rules and regulations that affect motorcycle accident cases. Most importantly, you want to make sure you find a trial attorney. Not all attorneys are skilled and capable of taking a case to trial. To take a case to trial, the case has to be worked up differently than if it’s just going to be settled, so you want to make sure you find somebody who is willing to take your case to trial if that’s what’s necessary to get a good recovery for you.
Make sure you find somebody who is the best fit for you.
2) Common Mistakes To Avoid
One is that people don’t go get the treatment that they need. They might see somebody at the emergency room initially, but then they’re concerned about racking up a lot of medical bills, so they don’t go get the treatment that they need and hope things will get better on their own. That can be very detrimental to your case. If you have ongoing problems and symptoms, you need to get to the doctor so that the doctor can treat you for those injuries and you can start to recover, and it will also be helpful to get that treatment documented so the insurance carrier can understand and see evidence of the full extent of your injuries.
Another common mistake that we see people make is they will give a statement to the insurance carrier before they have an attorney. The insurance carrier is interested in gathering evidence that will help them deny and delay your case. Even though it may seem like there’s no harm in talking to the insurance company – you’re just going to tell them the truth – the insurance company is skilled at trying to get information from you that will only help them and be detrimental to you.
Probably the biggest mistake we see people make is that they hire the wrong attorney. You really want to make sure that you have an attorney that is a trial attorney, is prepared to take your case to trial if that is what’s necessary to get you the best recovery, and who can handle your motorcycle injury case for you in the best way possible.
3) Insurance Investigation
No, absolutely not. It is not a good idea to talk to the insurance carrier. We all think that insurance companies are going to take care of us. They do a good job of advertising in commercials and trying to make us think that they’re our friends and are going to take care of us, but that fact is that when you have a claim, their goal is to try to deny and delay your claim.
The sole purpose in taking your statement is to gather evidence that will help them do that. You may feel like you are just going to tell them the truth, so there can’t be any harm in talking to them, but, in fact, they are skilled at gathering evidence in a way that benefits them. They may ask questions in a certain way or in a certain order that will help them delay and deny your claim and will only hurt you.
It is important to get an attorney to represent you and communicate with the insurance company so that you are not giving a recorded statement to the insurance company.
4) Motorcycle Accident vs Car Accident
One is that people involved in motorcycle accidents typically have more significant and severe injuries because of being on the motorcycle. The extent of your injuries can really affect how the case is pursued and how to collect a good recovery for you.
Another significant difference is that most people in Kansas believe that if a motorcycle was in an accident, it was most likely the motorcycle driver’s fault, and that is simply not true. You want to make sure that you find an attorney that understands that and is skilled and capable of demonstrating why the motorcycle driver is not at fault and effectively communicating that to the jury in order to get a good recovery for your damages.
Were you or a loved one severely injured in a motorcycle accident in Kansas and have questions about the motorcycle accident case expectations? Contact our experienced Kansas motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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