If you were hurt in a motorcycle collision in Kansas or Missouri, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries from the negligent driver. However, it can be very difficult to convince their insurance company to treat you fairly and offer you what you deserve in your settlement. Part of the problem is the prejudice that people—including insurance adjusters—have against motorcycle riders. They often believe that riders are reckless and cause their crashes.
If you want to win your case, you need to retain an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Here are five ways they can assist you.
#1: Investigate Your Motorcycle Crash
One of the first things your lawyer will do is conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident and collect the evidence you need to prove the other driver was the negligent party. If necessary, they could retain an accident reconstruction expert or another expert witness to help establish this.
#2: Obtain Your Medical and Work Loss Documents
In order to receive the damages you deserve, you must also show that you suffered injuries in your accident. Your attorney will contact your doctor to obtain the medical records you need to document the seriousness of your injuries, the medical treatments you need, and their cost. Then they will determine how much you should be paid for your medical expenses in your settlement with the insurance company.
They will also collect the paystubs and other documentation of your wage losses from your employer. If you are permanently disabled, they will hire an economic expert to calculate the amount of your lost earning capacity, which are the wages and other benefits you will lose throughout your working life.
#3: Value Your Claim
Your lawyer will be able to accurately determine how much your claim is worth. While it may be relatively easy to figure out your medical expenses and wage losses if you have already recovered and are back to work, it is not so easy to determine this if you will be off work for months or longer and will need long-term medical care for your injuries.
In addition, you will need the help of an attorney to determine how much you should receive for your pain and suffering. They will be able to value this portion of your claim based on the seriousness of your injuries and their experience settling claims for other motorcycle accident victims like you.
#4: Negotiate With the Insurance Company
Your lawyer will file your claim for you and take over all communications with the insurance adjuster. This can really strengthen your case because the insurance adjuster could try to take advantage of you or get you to say something that hurts your case if you are handling your own claim.
Your attorney will also negotiate your settlement for you. They have knowledge and experience that you don't have to know how to fight with the insurance company so that you receive the maximum recovery when you settle your claim
#5: File Your Lawsuit
If the insurance company refuses to offer you a fair settlement or the statute of limitations will expire soon, you will have to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver. You need an attorney who is licensed in the state where your accident occurred to file your complaint for you. At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our lawyers are licensed in Kansas and Missouri and have experience successfully litigating claims for our clients in both states.
Have You Been Injured in a Kansas City Area Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. It will cost you nothing to hire us because we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis where you only pay us if we win your case. We will also front the costs and fees you could incur. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.