All vehicle accidents wreak havoc in your life, but motorcycle crashes are especially devastating. In part, this is because riders are exposed and there is so much risk involved. Injuries tend to be serious and often require long-term rehabilitation. Working with a Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer ensures you have someone supporting you and defending your rights.
What are five of the most important reasons you should hire a Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer after an accident?
Professional Team of Investigators Working on Your Case
Gathering facts and evidence related to the accident is an important part of building your strongest claim. A Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer has access to investigative resources and experience researching cases similar to yours. They’re able to:
- Gain access to police reports
- Contact insurance companies
- Contact vehicle manufacturers
- Gather evidence from the crash scene
- Compile witness statements
- Evaluate your short- and long-term medical condition and needs
Someone to Negotiate on Your Behalf with Insurance Companies
Whether you settle out-of-court or your claim goes to trial, you’ll benefit from having someone deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. Insurance providers often tempt you with low-ball settlement offers, hoping you’ll accept their early offers out of ignorance or desperation. A Maryland motorcycle accident lawyer ensures insurance companies treat you fairly.
Someone to Deal with Deadlines and Time Limitations
This is called the statute of limitations. If accident victims fail to take action within this time, they miss their opportunity to recover compensation for their injuries. Submitting paperwork late or missing an important deadline imposed by the court can cost you big.
Therefore, working with an attorney means you’ll have someone tracking dates associated with your case. You can focus on other things in your life and not miss out on what’s due to you.
Someone to Provide Professional Legal Representation in Court
Most vehicle accident cases settle outside of the courtroom. However, should your case go to trial, you’ll have someone there to provide legal support and argue on your behalf. Going to court can be an intimidating experience, even if you are the plaintiff. Working with an attorney means you can relax knowing someone is there for you.
You Can Focus on Recovery
Motorcycle accidents often cause serious injuries. The days, weeks, and months following a crash is a crucial time for victims to focus on their healing. By working with a motorcycle accident attorney, you’re able to focus on rehabilitation and restoring your health while someone handles the administrative and legal aspects of your case.
Since your attorney handles the day-to-day legal issues that arise from your case, you can focus on what’s most important – your health.
How Do You Know You Need a Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Anyone injured in a motorcycle accident should contact an attorney. This is especially true for anyone who:
- Suffered severe and/or permanent injury
- Need extensive and/or ongoing medical care
- Missed time from work
- Cannot return to normal work or activities after you’ve healed
- Are uncomfortable working with insurance companies or feel that insurance companies are trying to take advantage of you
- Were hit by an uninsured driver
- Suspect you have some responsibility for your accident
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident is a traumatic experience. Injuries can change your life forever. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash, speaking to an attorney as soon as you can after the event alleviates a lot of the stress. To schedule a consultation or to discuss your case, contact Shugarman & Mehring at 410.783.4200 or toll-free at 888.342.7200 to schedule a consultation.