If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, the compensation you ultimately receive from a negligent driver depends on the experience and skills of the motorcycle lawyer you hire to represent you. This article gives you the information you need to make an informed decision and help you find an attorney capable of getting you the maximum compensation for your injuries.
How to Find a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The pool of attorneys from which to choose a few to interview to select the motorcycle accident lawyer to handle your claim is enormous. There are approximately 1.3 million lawyers in the U.S., with almost 170,000 of them practicing in California. Of course, only a small percentage of them handle motorcycle law, but who do you call? There are a few ways to narrow your search, including:
- Friends and Relatives: Chances are that someone you know, either a member of your family or a close friend, has used the services of a motorcycle accident lawyer.
- Lawyer Referral: The lawyer who represented you in the purchase of your home or the one representing your business might not handle motorcycle accident claims, but they should be able to recommend an attorney who does.
- Bar Associations: Most state and local bar associations have lawyer referral services you can contact for the name of local motorcycle accident lawyers. For example, The State Bar of California provides a statewide list of local attorney referral services organized by county.
- Google Search: Everyone seems to rely upon Google when searching for something, so typing “motorcycle accident lawyer” and your location into the search box will bring results. One limitation of a Google search is you must sort through the results by looking at websites to determine which of the many firms and attorneys you want to call.
- Lawyer Directories: Another source from which you can obtain the names of lawyers and law firms is one or more of the online lawyer directories. A lawyer directory allows you to find a local lawyer based upon his or her area of practice. Some of the directories, such as Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo, offer client and peer reviews and ratings of the attorneys. Popular directories include:
- Motorcycle Legal Foundation
One source you might want to be wary of is solicitation letters from law firms offering their services. State bar associations establish rules for lawyer advertising, which includes solicitation letters. For instance, California requires that lawyers make it clear that such letters are a form of advertising. Keep in mind that the contents of the letter are meant to entice you to retain the firm’s services.