It may not be easy to obtain the compensation that you deserve for your injuries caused by a motorcycle accident. If you want to win your case and hold the negligent driver responsible for his actions, you need the help of a skilled motorcycle accident attorney. Here are five reasons why this is so crucial.
Investigation of Your Collision
A lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of your crash. He will also collect the evidence you need to prove the other driver’s fault in causing it, the seriousness of your injuries, and the amount of damages you are owed. This can include:
- Photos of the accident scene
- Police report
- Surveillance videos
- Witness statements
- Police report
- Expert witness reports
- Medical records and bills
- Pay stubs and other documents related to the wages you lost
Understanding of the Law
A lawyer will understand the laws that affect your case, such as what must be proven to establish negligence and the types of compensation you should receive. He will also know the statute of limitations, which is the deadline you have to file your lawsuit, and other procedural rules you must follow when litigating your case.
Valuing Your Claim
Under Virginia law, you should receive damages to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A skilled attorney who handles many motorcycle accident cases will be able to accurately value your claim, which is essential if you want to be fairly compensated for your injuries.
Negotiating Your Settlement
When you hire a lawyer, he will handle all aspects of filing your claim and negotiating your settlement. He will be a skilled negotiator and have strategies to defeat the insurance company’s arguments about why they do not owe you anything or owe you less than your claim is worth.
Filing Your Lawsuit
If the insurance company will not offer you a fair settlement, you will need to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver. You will need a licensed attorney to do this for you. When deciding on one, you will want a lawyer who has a track record of success in both settling and litigating motorcycle accident claims.
Do you or a loved one need to file a claim following a motorcycle collision in Norfolk? Call our office to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team to learn how we can assist you.