Motorcycles are becoming more popular today as an alternative to owning a traditional vehicle. They are fun to ride, easy to store and often more affordable than a car or truck.
But there is no doubt that motorcycles offer their drivers and riders less protection than a traditional vehicle. This is why motorcycle accidents are often more serious, costly and difficult to resolve, especially in the strict state of California.
The stress of being involved in a motorcycle accident can make it just that much more daunting when you realize your case is not resolving and you need to find a Los Angeles motorcycle injury attorney to help you. Find out how to locate the right attorney fast.
First, Gather Up All Your Documentation
A reputable Los Angeles motorcycle injury attorney will always offer you a free initial consultation. This is the time when you will sit with your new prospective attorney face to face (or over the phone if necessary) to discuss the details of your claim and your case.
The attorney will ask you to provide as much information as you can to help with this important initial case review.
The more documentation you can provide, the easier it will be to assess your claim. If you are still recovering from your injury, just provide what you can and your personal injury lawyer can often obtain the rest on your behalf.
Do your best to assemble these documents, as applicable, to prepare for your initial consultation with your new personal injury lawyer:
- Traffic ticket.
- Official police accident report.
- Photos and videos of the vehicle(s) and location.
- Notes you took about what occurred, road conditions, etc.
- Contact and insurance information for other driver(s).
- Contact information for any witnesses.
- Claim summary from your insurance provider.
- Any settlement offers you have received.
- Any invoices or bills from repair shops or medical providers.
If you have found any errors on the traffic ticket, the police report or other official documents issued to you about your case or your claims, be sure to highlight these and bring them to your new attorney’s attention.
Never accept any initial settlement offer from your insurance provider or the other driver’s insurance company without talking with West Coast Trial Lawyers. Lowball offers are common after motorcycle accidents and are deeply unfair to you.
Next, Write Out How the Motorcycle Accident Has Affected You
When you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, your life is forever changed and usually not for the better.
Your bike may have been damaged or even destroyed. You may have sustained minor or major injuries. The last thing you need is trouble from your insurance company refusing to pay for your claims.
Yet this is all too common, especially in the state of California, where traffic insurance claims are mediated based on the premise of driver fault. What this means is that the insurer for the driver who bears the fault, in whole or in part, for causing the accident will bear the brunt of paying all insurance claims.
So it isn’t surprising that no insurance company ever wants their driver to be held at fault! This explains why insurance claims delays and denials are so common in California. The insurers know if they can prove the other driver was at fault, they won’t have to pay for the claims.
Insurance companies have whole armies of traffic lawyers to defend their interests, making it even more challenging for drivers to navigate the claims and payout process on their own.
To start the process of claims settlement, your personal injury lawyer needs to know exactly how the motorcycle accident has affected you – your time, your finances, your life. How much time have you had to take off work? How many hours have you had to sit in a hospital bed or at home recovering? How much income have you lost?
Write down everything as best you can assess it at this moment in time and bring it to your initial consultation.
Choosing a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney
We always recommend doing your own initial research before choosing which attorneys to schedule an initial personal consultation with.
California traffic law is very complex due to California being a “fault” state. This means even if you have a relative or friend who is a lawyer, unless they specialize in traffic law and accident and personal injury law, they will not be in the best position to help you resolve your claim.
What you need is an attorney that spends all day, every day, negotiating the complexities of California traffic law and can hit the ground running to get your claim satisfied and resolved in the shortest amount of time. You don’t want to hire a lawyer who plans to “learn on the job,” so to speak – traffic law in California is just too complicated for that!
Choose two or three traffic law attorneys to contact. Only contact attorneys that specialize in traffic law and offer a free initial consultation. It is good to get two or three different opinions on what your claim and case may be worth so you can make your final decision.
Select a traffic law attorney who meets each of the following criteria:
- Is licensed to practice law in the state of California.
- Has a proven track record litigating similar cases to yours.
- Has plenty of positive reviews on third-party sites such as Yelp.
- Is happy to provide testimonials and references upon request.
- Gets back to you promptly to schedule your consultation
- Has friendly, helpful support staff to guide you through the paperwork.
- Is responsive and easy to reach even after hours.
- Earns your respect and trust and is someone you feel comfortable talking with.
When you find a Los Angeles motorcycle injury attorney who meets each of these criteria, you can know you are on track to facilitate the best possible outcome from the devastation your motorcycle accident has caused in your life.
Choosing the right motorcycle accident attorney is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure you are treated fairly and compensated to the full extent of the law for the pain and suffering you have endured.
You can’t count on your own insurance provider to take care of you – you need to take matters into your own hands to make sure this occurs. Your traffic law attorney will be able to talk with the insurance company’s legal team, cut through any red tape, end stonewalling and get your claims settlement moving forward again.
Do You Need a Motorcycle Attorney? Contact West Coast Trial Lawyers
California is a particularly strict state when it comes to traffic law, especially as it relates to the process of assigning fault for insurance claims purposes.
West Coast Trial Lawyers has a proven track record of successfully resolving motorcycle accident claims and cases in the state of California. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and need legal guidance, contact us today for a free initial consultation.