6 Things To Look For In Picking A Good Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
This is Hugh Howerton. I have been a motorcycle accident lawyer for 30 years. I have never lost a motorcycle case. I don’t do that to brag but to give you confidence in what I’m telling you.
Don’t get burned by picking a BAD lawyer. The lawyer you want first and foremost cares about you and is not in it for the money. If you get the feeling they are just in it for the money stay away. Here is what to look for to find a GOOD motorcycle accident lawyer.
- The Lawyer Must Have Already Won A Trial of a Motorcycle Injury Case
This is the absolute #1 and most important requirement. The lawyer must have already won a motorcycle accident case at trial. Not just settling one but winning a trial. Generally, the highest settlement offer by an insurance company comes right before or during trial. If the lawyer is afraid to go to trial you got a BAD lawyer.
Motorcycle injury cases are very different than just handling a car accident. To win them the lawyer has to have learned certain techniques and skills that only apply to motorcycle accident cases. Not every personal injury lawyer has these skills.
The lawyer has to know how to beat the usual arguments used by insurance company lawyers to always blame the motorcycle accident lawyer. The lawyer must know how to make sure that potential jurors that are prejudiced against motorcycle riders do not end up on the jury. If the lawyer does not know how to do these things you got the wrong lawyer.
- Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law
You want a motorcycle accident lawyer that is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. This means the lawyer is recognized as a “Specialist” in Personal Injury Trial Law by the State Bar of Texas and Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Less than 3% of all lawyers in Texas are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. These lawyers have to be experienced handling personal injury cases. They have to pass a hard test. They have to have tried to verdict at least 10 personal injury cases and they have to have recommendations from judges AND the opposing lawyers they have dealt with in the past.
- Read Their Client Reviews
Good lawyers get good reviews from their actual clients. You can find Google reviews by just searching for the lawyer’s name on Google. You can read what their past clients thought of them, how they were treated by the lawyer and whether they got them a good settlement. You will also be able to see how easily they could reach their lawyer, whether the lawyer explained the legal process and answered all of their questions. You can find out if the lawyer treated them with respect and courtesy.
- Have They Won Large Settlements and Verdicts
You want a lawyer that actually goes to trial and wins. There are some law firms that are known as “Settlement Mills”. This means they just take whatever offer the insurance company makes and never file a lawsuit and never go to trial. Insurance companies keep track of the lawyers who are not afraid to go to trial and the ones that never file lawsuits. Insurance companies usually offer the most money for a settlement right before trial. If the lawyer is afraid to even file a lawsuit the insurance company will never be forced to make their highest offer.
Trust me, if a lawyer has won a big settlement or verdict in a motorcycle accident case, all you have to do is ask. They will tell you. If you are seriously hurt or if one of your loved ones was killed in a motorcycle accident you want a lawyer who know how to win big cases.
- Do They Have Time To Handle Your Case Personally
The number 1 complaint about lawyers is they never return my call and never keep me updated on what is going on. Shame on those lawyers. All personal injury lawyers I know offer a free consultation. You need to make sure the lawyer has time for your case and that they will personally handle it from start to finish. You do not want a lawyer who passes you to another lawyer or younger associate. You deserve better.
- They Are Not In It For The Money
You need to feel your lawyer has your best interests at heart. Even above their own. You never want to hire an ambulance chaser or a lawyer who wants to represent you just for the money they will make on your case. You deserve better. Do not let a lawyer pressure you to sign a contract with them. It is easy to hire a lawyer. All you have to do is sign the employment contract. BUT, it is real hard to get rid of them once you sign and find out they are a bad lawyer.
Well, there you have it. I hope this report helped you.
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