As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I have been fighting on the behalf of injured motorcyclists for over a decade. While I also represent victims injured in car crashes and other types of accidents, I have found that motorcycle cases are unique and cannot be properly fought with just any attorney. Finding the right kind of lawyer for your motorcycle accident claim is very important, but certainly not an easy task unless you know what to look for. I believe that motorcycle cases have such unique circumstances and lingo that they require a specific kind of lawyer. Here are two of the most important traits to look for when choosing an attorney for your case:
Experience Fighting Motorcycle Cases. Juries have shown a tendency to side against the motorcyclist in accident cases and insurance companies know it. They will try to make liability an issue if the case goes to court, and because many people unfairly view motorcycle riders as being reckless, this can work pretty easily. It takes a savvy, experienced attorney to make your side of the story and the facts involved very clear to the jury. Damages in motorcycle injury cases are also unique in how painful and expensive they can be. A lawyer who has years of experience representing cases like yours will know how to explain your injuries and suffering to a jury who may initially be biased against you. To find an attorney with the experience you need, first you should narrow it down to those who specialize in personal injury cases. Once you have done that, you can narrow down the search further by looking up lawyers in your area online. When you schedule a meeting with one of them, be sure to ask about their experience in motorcycle accident cases.
Experience on a Motorcycle. You need somebody who has been where you are. Someone who understands the thrills and fear involved in riding a motorcycle. I firmly believe that my many years of riding has made me better prepared to represent motorcycle accident victims. It allows me to paint a clearer picture to the insurance company and shows them that if the case goes to court, I can do that for a jury as well. There is lingo that is specific to motorcycles, and it is crucial for an attorney to understand what it means and how to use it. An attorney that has experience on a motorcycle can sympathize with what you are going through and use their knowledge to get you the money you deserve.
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