According to PA motorcycle statistics supplied by PennDot, the number of bikes registered in the Commonwealth in 2013 increased to more than 405,000, while the number of licensed riders climbed to over 860,000 that same year.
While I’m happy to see more bikers on the road, I also see these Pennsylvania motorcycle statistics, and understand that a lot of these new riders may end up in accidents.
Other drivers have a hard time seeing bikes in the first place, and with more and more riders on the road, there will be increased chances for disaster to strike.
With that in mind, I thought it might be a good time for a refresher on the process of hiring a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer, what the early steps of your claim might look like, and why hiring an attorney who focuses his practice on motorcycle accidents might be a good investment.
The initial steps of hiring a motorcycle accident attorney
First of all, the sooner you contact a motorcycle injury attorney after your accident the better. Remember, all consultations, including these initial conversations are free and confidential.
I am compensated for your claim by successfully negotiating a settlement or winning your case in court. This gives us the freedom to more effectively gather useful information for your case, such as PA motorcycle statistics, medical records, and accident scene photos, and to get witness interviews while the details are still fresh in their minds.
Once our attorney/client relationship has been established, my office will assume responsibility for communicating with the insurance companies for you.
My clients consistently tell me that this is one of the most stressful aspects of their accident and its aftermath. Why not let a professional with years of experience successfully dealing with insurers take this burden off your back?
Building a case with motorcycle statistics, interviews, accident reconstruction, and more
Next we get started doing research, by looking into relevant PA motorcycle statistics regarding accidents, reconstructing the accident scene, and interviewing witnesses.
Our goals are to establish liability for the accident, and to achieve the most comprehensive recovery possible. This is best achieved by hiring a qualified and competent motorcycle attorney. Lost wages, medical expenses property damages and more may be at stake.
One of the most important phases of the entire claims process is the negotiation that takes place between your attorney and the insurance company.
A common misconception is that the purpose of these negotiations is purely to determine the size of your award. In fact, the outcome of the negotiations plays a decisive role in our strategy for your claim. Our goal in a successful negotiation is to put together a compelling case, in order to reach a large motorcycle accident settlement without the necessity of going to trial.
If we are unable to settle with the insurance company, the next step is to present your case before a judge and jury. In many cases, simply demonstrating our willingness to stand up to the insurance company is sufficient to avoid going to trial and to win a sizable monetary judgement.
Communication is key
I understand that your situation is stressful, and that the legal system can be confusing, frustrating and intimidating. That’s why I place such a huge emphasis on good communication with my clients. At every step in the process we will keep you well informed of all developments, and answer any questions you have as your case moves forward.
As a long-time rider myself, I have intimate knowledge of the unique challenges you face on the road, the misconceptions non-riders have about our community, and the intense connection you feel to your bike. So you can be sure that I’ll fight tooth and nail to protect your rights every step of the way.
If you are one of the thousands of new riders in Pennsylvania, or if you have been in a motorcycle crash recently, call PA motorcycle accident attorney Lee D. Gaber at 1-888-292-5352 24/7.