If your motorcycle collision occurred recently, you may believe there's plenty of time to decide whether to try to settle your claim on your own or hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to do this on your behalf. However, you could significantly weaken your case if you don't retain an attorney as soon as possible after your crash.
Reasons Why Hiring a Lawyer Immediately Is Your Best Strategy
Unless you suffered very minor injuries—which is rare in a motorcycle crash—you'll be at a serious disadvantage with the negligent driver’s insurance company if you try to negotiate a settlement on your own. Here are four reasons why promptly hiring a lawyer is the right decision.
1.Your Attorney Can Preserve Evidence
If you retain legal counsel shortly after your crash, a lawyer is able to conduct a more thorough investigation of your motorcycle accident and collect critical evidence necessary to prove the driver’s negligence. If you delay in choosing representation, evidence could be lost or destroyed, and a lawyer could be unable to locate witnesses to provide valuable testimony in your case.
2.You'll Avoid Making Mistakes
An attorney will advise you on common errors to avoid that can hurt your claim. Mistakes victims make who represent themselves include agreeing to give a recorded statement, signing the insurance company’s authorization for release of information, and settling their claim too quickly for less than it's worth.
3.Your Claim Will Be Valued Accurately
A lawyer who settles and litigates many motorcycle accident cases has the experience necessary to accurately determine how much your claim is worth. He will also negotiate your settlement so the insurance company pays proper compensation for your injuries and recovery.
4.Your Lawsuit Will Be Filed Before the Statute of Limitations Expires
Even if you retain a lawyer, this doesn't guarantee the at-fault driver’s insurance company will be reasonable when negotiating a settlement. In this situation, you need an attorney to file a lawsuit on your behalf before the expiration of the statute of limitations, which is the deadline you have to sue the negligent driver. Missouri and Kansas have different statutes and requirements: your legal counsel will know how to work within these laws to settle your case quickly.
Have You Been Injured In a Kansas City Area Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.