It may be worth hiring an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer under several circumstances. Some such circumstances include:
- You are unfamiliar with the insurance process
- You are unfamiliar with the legal process
- You have been personally injured in a motorcycle accident
- Your loved one has passed away in a motorcycle accident
- You do not know what amount of compensation for your accident is fair
- You know one or more parties are at fault for your losses, but are unsure of how to go about seeking compensation
- You are not a lawyer
A lawyer may be familiar with laws, statutes, and practices that could be relevant when bringing an insurance claim or lawsuit. They will handle as much of your case for compensation as is possible so that you can focus on your own recovery, a loved one’s passing, and other matters that deserve your attention and energy.
The Potential Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer
The primary benefit of hiring a lawyer is that they will handle your insurance claim or lawsuit (or both) so that you do not have to deal with the headaches that may come from such processes. You may not have to pay anything out of pocket to receive this benefit, either.
The Florida Bar explains how contingent fees work, noting that personal injury lawsuits may be one case in which a lawyer allows for a contingency-fee pay structure. The Bar states that:
- Contingent fees mean that a lawyer agrees to collect their fee as a portion of any winnings that you secure, rather than as a guaranteed, out-of-pocket payment
- You will have to enter into a written contract with your lawyer to make such an agreement legal
- Your lawyer will only get paid for their services if they secure compensation for you or your loved one who they are representing
Hiring a lawyer through a contingency-fee arrangement not only means that you will not have to dip into your bank account to pay for their services, but also that your lawyer will have a clear incentive to fight hard for you: they only get paid if you win.
A Lawyer May Complete Your Lawsuit
Once you understand all of the duties that a lawyer will handle for you, then you may comprehend why you might find a lawyer’s help to be extremely valuable. The tasks that a lawyer performs are ones that you may have to handle on your own should you choose to bring an insurance claim or lawsuit on your own.
Some ways in which a lawyer may help include:
- Ensuring that you do not make any self-harming statements just after your accident
- Instructing you on steps to take—receiving medical treatment and collecting information from the at-fault driver, for starters—at the scene of your accident
- Referring you to medical professionals who may administer and document your care
- Documenting the scene where your accident happened
- Calculating your accident-related losses
- Completing an insurance claim or lawsuit, which includes negotiating a settlement
- Completing a trial if it is necessary
Additionally, your lawyer may already have knowledge of laws and practices that will be relevant to your lawsuit or insurance claim. They may rely on their legal knowledge and experience in fighting for the compensation that you deserve while defending your rights.
You may now determine whether it is worth hiring an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer. If you are still unsure, then you may speak with a personal injury lawyer’s team for more details about the potential upsides of hiring a lawyer.
Dangerous Driving May Entitle You to Compensation
Those who do not operate their motor vehicle with care put others at risk, and motorcyclists may be especially susceptible to fatal and non-fatal injury. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that 80 percent of motorcycle accidents cause injury or death, which is far higher than the rate for accidents not involving a motorcycle.
Motorists must take special care to avoid striking motorcyclists. They may put bikers at risk by:
- Relying too heavily on mirrors rather than turning their head to check blind spots
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Driving too closely behind motorcyclists
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Using a cell phone while driving
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Failing to use headlights at dusk or night time
- Making turns without checking for oncoming motorcyclists
- Running red lights or stop signs
Acts that may seem harmless could prove fatal when they cause an accident with a motorcyclist. If you or a loved one is the victim of a driver whose actions caused your collision, then you may be able to recover compensation for your losses.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
You generally have four years to bring a personal injury lawsuit after a motorcycle collision, per Florida Statutes § 95.11, and you may have even less time to bring a lawsuit after a wrongful death. Though there may be exceptions to these statutes, you should not hesitate to call the team for an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-407-500-4000 for a free consultation.