The State of Michigan recently reported that there were more than 3,000 motorcycle accidents in 2021 alone on Michigan roads. Accidents can cause serious and life-threatening injuries to motorcyclists, and these injuries are often costly. For that reason, motorcycle accident victims should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs to inquire about possible compensation.
At Fieger Law, our Michigan motorcycle accident attorneys have assisted countless motorcyclists in obtaining compensation for injuries suffered in road accidents. We understand the unique challenges and considerations that motorcycle injury cases bring, and we’re experienced in handling these issues.
From a victim’s perspective, one of the most important steps is to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Every day and every hour are crucial when it comes to investigating a possible lawsuit. In this blog post, we’ll detail five of the most important reasons why it’s important to hire a Michigan motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.
1. Pressure From Insurance Companies to Settle
Insurance companies are notorious for seeking to pay as little money as possible on every claim they receive. In fact, their entire business model depends on this practice.
Because of this, you may be contacted soon after an accident by insurance company representatives seeking an “informal settlement” or a quick payout in exchange for agreeing not to pursue legal action. While these offers may seem attractive at first, as they’re a quick way to get cash on hand for your medical bills and lost wages, they are almost always lowball offers that provide pennies on the dollar compared to the real value of your case.
As soon as you retain an attorney to assist you, insurance companies are ethically obligated to stop communicating with you and instead communicate through your attorney. When you have an attorney, insurance companies know that they won’t be able to lowball you. More specifically, when working with a Fieger Law motorcycle accident attorney, Michigan residents can rest assured that their rights will be protected against greedy insurance companies.
In some cases, a settlement may be the best option, and in others, a trial may be necessary. Our team of attorneys can assist you in seeking the maximum level of compensation you may be entitled to receive—with no compromises.
2. The Severity of Motorcycle Injuries
Motorcycle accidents are uniquely dangerous due to the exposed nature of riding, especially when compared to riding in a passenger vehicle. These accidents cause devastating and expensive injuries that can forever change an accident victim’s life. These injuries can include head trauma, broken bones, skin damage, and a litany of other medical problems. When severe injuries are suffered, expenses can pile up quickly.
To ensure that victims and their families aren’t financially devastated by an accident, victims should consult with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs. With the assistance of an attorney who knows how to negotiate with insurance companies, a settlement may be reached much faster than you might expect.
3. Delays In Receiving Compensation
As soon as an injury occurs, costs and expenses begin to pile up very quickly. Between medical bills, lost wages, insurance deductibles and copays, and property damage, the costs of a motorcycle accident can become overwhelming within days after an accident occurs.
Accident victims and their families should not allow these costs to become an additional burden in an already stressful situation. By contacting an attorney as soon as possible after an accident, you can ensure that if you’re eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, you can receive it as quickly as possible.
Knowing that you have a trusted advocate fighting for your rights can provide peace of mind that allows you to focus on what’s truly important: recovering from your injuries and spending time with loved ones.
4. Defendants Blaming Motorcyclists
At Fieger Law, we know that motorcyclists often face harsh and unfair prejudice from insurance companies and defendants who try to paint them as irresponsible thrill-seekers. We know that nothing could be further from the truth.
After an accident, victims may be bombarded with questions from insurance companies and lawyers who seek to collect “statements” that may later be used against them. To avoid falling into one of these traps, victims should contact a motorcycle accident attorney in Michigan as soon as possible after an accident occurs. The attorneys at Fieger Law are ready to protect accident victims from these predatory practices.
5. Thorough Investigation of the Accident
A major part of any personal injury lawsuit is an investigation into how and why it happened. In motorcycle crash cases, these investigations are even more important, as it can be difficult to determine the exact and specific causes of an accident.
When working with an experienced attorney, victims can rest assured that a thorough investigation will be conducted. After such an investigation, attorneys can determine the exact causes of an accident and, in turn, from whom compensation can be sought.
After determining who is responsible, your attorney can seek compensation from any person or entity who may have caused the accident to obtain justice on your behalf.
Contact Fieger Law’s Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys at Fieger Law has been assisting Michigan motorcyclists and their families for decades. We’re ready to fight for you and your family today. Contact our team to set up a free consultation on your prospective motorcycle injury case.