Motorcycle accidents often lead to severe injuries for motorcycle riders, sometimes leaving permanent scarring, deformation, limb amputation, brain damage, or paralysis. The process of reaching a settlement in a personal injury case for a motorcycle accident can be lengthy and challenging to handle alone. Having an experienced motorcycle accident injury lawyer on your side can help you build your case to reach a fair settlement.
But with so many personal injury lawyers around, how do you choose an attorney for your case? Learn more about how motorcycle accident cases work and how an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help.
What Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Do?
Both Texas and New Mexico are at-fault states for injury claims, meaning you would file an insurance claim through the negligent driver’s insurance policy. However, insurance companies often try to deny or devalue legitimate claims. The first thing you may choose to do after an accident is retain an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to represent your interests and speak on your behalf to the insurance adjuster investigating the accident.
An attorney experienced with motorcycle accident claims can:
- Gather additional evidence from nearby security cameras, dash cams, or witness statements
- Collect medical records from before and after the accident to indicate new injuries from the crash
- Record expert witness testimony from medical experts and accident reconstruction engineers
- Negotiate lower final bills from hospitals and therapy clinics so you keep more of your settlement
What Questions Should You Ask Before Choosing Your Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
How do you know whether a motorcycle accident injury lawyer is right for your case? There are some questions you should ask in the initial consultation, including:
- How many motorcycle accident victims have you successfully represented before?
- Do you work strictly on contingency?
- Will you speak with the insurance company for me?
- Do I have to sue the other driver?
- Do your attorneys actually try cases or only settle?
Motorcycle accident cases are complex. You may wish to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney for your case, not just any attorney who works on other types of personal injury cases.
What Kind of Settlement Can You Pursue in a Motorcycle Accident Case?
In a personal injury case in both New Mexico and Texas, you can pursue economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Economic damages include losses you suffered from your accident with calculable costs, including medical bills, lost wages, travel expenses for medical treatment, ongoing physical or occupational therapy, and other billable costs.
Non-economic damages compensate a victim for intangible losses, including pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, mental anguish, emotional distress, and other losses experienced by a victim. Unlike economic damages for tangible losses, non-economic damages require you and your motorcycle accident injury lawyer to estimate the value of these losses.
If the negligent party who caused your accident was intentional, wanton, reckless, or oppressive in their actions to cause your injuries, you may also be able to pursue punitive damages. These additional damages awarded to you, the plaintiff, punish the defendant’s actions and deter similar behavior in the future.
Contact Us Today for Help With Your Motorcycle Accident Injury Case in Texas
When you need a skilled motorcycle accident injury lawyer for your case in Lubbock or Odessa, TX or Albuquerque or Hobbs, NM, contact our team at Fadduol, Cluff, Hardy & Conaway, P.C. Call us at 800.433.2408 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.