It is the harsh reality that we have to face—accidents happen whether we like it or not and whether we expect them or not.
Knowing full well that there are many things in life that we cannot control, like accidents, we should be informed and knowledgeable about all the things we need to do before, during and after these unfortunate events.
Did you know that in the United States about 75% of the recorded motorcycle accidents are caused by motorists hitting or colliding with a motorcycle? The majority of these motorcycle accidents happen because the erring motor vehicle drivers either violate the motorcycle’s right of way or fail to exercise due diligence in driving their vehicles altogether.
Also, according to a study conducted by the Insurance Information Institute, drivers and passengers of motorcycles are 5 times more likely to be injured in collisions as compared to passengers of cars and other passenger vehicles.
There is also a much higher likelihood (29 times higher, to be exact) of motorcyclists sustaining fatal and grave injuries in accidents as compared to their motor vehicle driver and passenger counterparts.
This fact can be due to several factors such as motor vehicle passengers having the advantage of being strapped in by a safety belt that effectively reduces the force of inertia on impact, as well as the beneficial presence of airbags that provide extra protection to these motor vehicle passengers. None of these safety devices are present or available to motorcycle riders.
Keeping all these in mind, we ought to carefully think about the ways we can eliminate, or at the very least alleviate, this threatening problem.
Also we ought to know our legal rights if and when we ever get involved in accidents such as this. Continue reading below to learn some of the best tips for choosing the right personal injury lawyer in the event of a motorcycle accident:
Tip No. 1: Ask For Referrals
If you know a relative, a friend or someone who was involved in a motorcycle or vehicular accident, you may want to ask them for possible referrals or recommendations. This can be a great way of acquiring honest and unbiased reviews or opinions about the prospective lawyer or law firm.
If you do not happen to know anyone in this similar situation, you can always go and search the internet for possible lawyer prospects. The internet is a rich resource that you or your loved one might need. Just be careful in choosing the right legal counsel and consider all other factors.
Tip No. 2: Choose An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
The greatest advantage that highly experienced personal injury lawyers have over new ones and over other lawyers of different areas of specialization is their long and continued exposure in complex questions of law in matters regarding personal injury.
With this exposure, their area of specialty becomes more and more solidified through the test of time. Critical and essential to recovering a just and rightful claim is having and hiring the right lawyer with the right experience and specialized knowledge.
Tip No. 3: Hire A Local Attorney
Consider hiring a local personal injury attorney to defend your case. Different states have different laws, especially for motor vehicle and traffic rules. Take advantage of a local legal counsel’s familiarity and expertise in the local law. This can either make or break your case in court.