Whether you’ve been seriously injured from a motorcycle collision or sustained major damage to your motorcycle, it’s never too early to begin looking for a Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney. What you need is an advocate who understands the specific challenges of handling this kind of personal injury case in the greater Sacramento area. Here are a few items for your “checklist” when looking for someone to handle your personal injury case involving motorcyclists.
Qualities You Need in a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney Qualities
When it comes to the person who will be taking on this crucial endeavor on your behalf, it pays to be discerning. You need to look for:
An Attorney Experienced in Motorcycle Accidents
Your ideal attorney is one who practices personal injury exclusively. He or she should have already handled a significant number of cases involving motorcycle collisions. These types of accidents can differ from a car accident. They have their own special set of challenges when it comes to filing claims. Juries can be biased against motorcycle drivers. They often unfairly perceive them as more reckless — and less law-abiding — than the average driver.
Should your case go to trial, a knowledgeable attorney will know how to counter this misconception. He or she will also know how to handle potentially damaging information. These complications might include a scenario in which you were injured, with another party clearly at fault, but you were not wearing your helmet.
Attorney Edward A. Smith literally wrote the book on this topic. His highly-rated book, California Motorcycle Accident Handbook, can be found on Amazon and Kindle, among other locations. He also authored The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook.
Ed Smith’s practice lists motorcycle accidents as a separate practice area because of his extensive experience in successfully handling these cases. His areas of personal injury expertise include brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) syndrome. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders who had accidents face these types of injuries all the time.
A Legal Team Able to Take on the Details
Until you’ve been injured and/or sustained personal damage in an accident, it is impossible to understand how many pressing issues exist. Serious injuries contain more overwhelming details. You’ll be confronted with dealing with paperwork deadlines from insurance companies, medical facilities, and the authorities. Once your case begins, you need to provide police reports, medical records, hospital bills, personal doctor bills, physical therapy statements, on-site accident photos, and photos of your injuries and your damaged motorcycle. At times, it can seem like an endless list!
Ed Smith and his staff believe in making these tasks their problem rather than yours. They can gather this information for you or help you compile it. In addition, Ed believes in helping link injured clients with the needed resources. Whether you need follow-up medical care, a counselor to help you deal with the trauma, or just helpful reading material, you can rely on Ed and his staff to provide both practical and emotional support.
An Attorney Who Knows the Local System
Ideally, an attorney who handles a personal injury case involving a motorcycle rider brings insight into the local aspects of the case. What were the traffic regulations on the street or highway where it happened? How do the local courts process these cases? What are the state regulations involving insurance claims? Have the local authorities been previously criticized for the road upkeep? What about lack of proper signage and lights? If a commercial vehicle was involved in the crash, was he or she following the state regulations involving hours on the road?
As a Sacramento-based attorney, Ed Smith has decades of experience living and practicing in the area. In addition to his strong base in the greater Sacramento area, Ed knows the regional, state, and federal personal injury law well. He is a member of State Bar of California, Consumer Attorneys of California, Capital City Trial Lawyers Association, the Sacramento County Bar Association, and the American Trial Lawyers Association.
An Attorney with a Proven Track Record
Before you choose an attorney, research his or her track record and reputation. You are looking for someone who has successfully reached settlements in the client’s favor or had a favorable outcome in a jury trial. Ideally, that attorney can get you a fair settlement — but won’t be afraid to go to trial if necessary. If someone recommended the personal injury attorney, ask about these factors.
Alternatively, start with online searches such as “Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney” or “personal injury law firm.” This early step can certainly get you a list of legal teams. It also helps to check their ratings on a client and review site, such as Avvo. Find out any additional accolades or honors they’ve received.
Ed Smith is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates. Only attorneys who settled or tried cases worth at least a million dollars become members of this organization. That kind of track record offers peace of mind to people in need of a personal injury attorney. In addition, Ed consistently receives perfect ratings — a rarity in the online world — from Avvo and similar sites. He also has an enthusiastic following on Facebook and Yelp. Ed prizes this range of peer and client endorsements, and he works hard to maintain that level of trust.
A Law Firm That Stays in Touch
Life has a way of speeding up after an accident — often when the victims are least able to deal with it. Insurance companies are often quick to challenge the accounts of people filing claims after a vehicular accident. So are attorneys for the parties at fault, whether it’s the other driver, the driver’s employer, or the party responsible for maintaining a faulty vehicle. You may receive lots of phone calls and messages from people putting pressure on you to settle. Or they may try to intimidate you in other ways. When that happens, you must seek the help of your attorney right away.
Ed Smith, along with his legal team and office staff, makes it a priority to quickly return phone calls and messages. They will also reach out to you with any new developments in your case. The law firm maintains an “open door” policy, so that prospective and current clients feel comfortable stopping by for an introduction, an update — or just for a chat and some coffee.
See what you should look for in a Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney in the video from Ed Smith below.
A motorcycle accident can shatter your confidence and leave you emotionally battered. Don’t let the same thing happen with your personal injury case. Working with a Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney must never be stressful. Contact the office of Edward A. Smith for a no-obligation, no-cost consultation. You can reach him at 916.921.6400 and 800.400-5400 or use the online contact tool to set up a free informational meeting.
If you need a Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney, keep all these tips in mind. What qualities do you want to have in your motorcycle accident attorney? Don’t hesitate to tell us in the comments section below.
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