While no law states that you have to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer for a minor accident, you may want to consider the benefits of working with a lawyer. For instance, an insurance company may try to argue that your injuries and damages are not sufficient to warrant compensation.
Even in a minor accident, you may be able to seek compensation for:
- Funds to fix or replace your motorcycle
- Expenses from your medical costs, if you had any injuries from the crash
- Lost wages, if your injuries prevented you from working
We can help you determine an accurate value for your case. In the event that an insurance company tries to dismiss your claim or argue that you deserve a lower settlement, we can help you negotiate.
Contingency Fees for Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you are worried about paying exorbitant fees for a motorcycle accident lawyer, you should know that most personal injury lawyers do not require fees before they take your legal case. At our firm, we work based on contingency fees.
This means that:
- You don’t owe us any upfront fees.
- We only receive compensation if you win your case.
- A predetermined percentage will be subtracted from the overall settlement as payment for our services.
Many accident victims have their finances turned upside down between hospital bills, property damage, and lost income. The last thing they can afford is to pay thousands of dollars to an attorney with no guarantee that they will see any compensation.
This form of payment typically proves to be beneficial for both parties. After all, we only get paid if you do. What’s more, you will not have to face any out-of-pocket burden for legal fees on top of your current accident-related expenses.
We Can Negotiate with the Insurance Company on Your Behalf
An insurance settlement can get complicated, even for minor accidents. This is because an insurance company may try to offer you a lower settlement than you deserve. In a minor accident, they may even try to deny your claim outright.
You don’t have to accept unfair treatment in the insurance claims process. If you sustained medical costs, property damage, or some form of pain and suffering, you can still seek compensation from the driver who caused your accident.
We can use the following forms of evidence to show that you deserve fair compensation:
- Medical bills
- Testimony from your doctors
- Estimates for the repair or replacement of your motorcycle
- Receipts from any other accident-related losses
- And more
Forms of Negligence in Minor Motorcycle Accidents
Even if an accident appears to be minor, there still may be evidence of negligence on the part of the other driver in the accident. Additionally, because motorcycles are naturally unstable, the slightest error on the part of another driver could cause an accident.
The other driver in the accident may have demonstrated the following forms of negligence:
- Failure to maintain tires or brakes
- Following too closely
- Failing to check blind spots before turning
- Backing up without checking mirrors
- Driving under the influence
- Texting and driving
- And more
If you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm, we can help you determine what caused your accident. If the situation calls for it, we can even work with outside professionals such as accident reconstruction experts. We can then turn around and present that evidence during your fight for compensation.
The more evidence you have to show that the other driver was at fault, the more compelling your case for a settlement.
Statute of Limitations on Motorcycle Accident Claims in Illinois
If you want to file a personal injury claim after a motorcycle accident, 735 ILCS 5/13-202 requires you to do so within two years of your injuries. In accordance with 740 ILCS 180/2, you are granted a similar two-year timeframe for wrongful death claims.
One of the reasons so many victims choose to retain a personal injury lawyer is that we can keep tabs on deadlines like these and ensure your case is on track.
Illinois Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights
Here at The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we want victims to feel comfortable taking control of their future. If you retain an attorney at our firm, we can stand in your corner throughout your entire case. From determining liability to negotiating settlements and everything in between, our lawyers are here to fight for your rights.
To get started with your free consultation today, contact a representative at The Kryder Law Group, LLC at (312) 223-1700.