Motorcycle accident cases can go through several steps. The initial step after an accident is to get medical care to document what occurred and your injuries. From there, it’s important to file a police report and work with a motorcycle accident attorney to pursue compensation.
Potential Steps in Receiving Compensation
Most often, there is an investigation by the police to determine what happened and fault. From there, the insurance company of the at-fault party may investigate the case. Your attorney works closely with you to gather evidence in the case.
Once all info is available, you and your attorney may decide to file a claim against the at-fault driver. In this case, the goal is for the insurance company to agree to the claim and pay you for your losses. Most often, there’s push back and, sometimes, they refuse. At this point, your case may go to court.
What to Expect During a Court Case
If your case goes to court, you can expect several steps briefly described here:
- A complaint is filed in a civil court of law and served to the at-fault party, called the defendant. The defendant has the right to obtain an attorney and gather information.
- The pre-trial and discovery phase involves time for both sides to ask questions of the other, gather witness statements, and appear in a court of law to give updates.
- The attorneys for each side will negotiate. If they can come to a settlement agreement, this can conclude the case.
- A trial may occur if the two parties cannot come to an agreement. A judge or jury will hear the case.
Why Turning to a Motorcycle Lawyer Is So Important
After a significant motorcycle accident, having an attorney may be critical to ensuring you receive all the compensation owed to you. At the Law Office of Matthew A. Lathrop, PC, LLO, our goal is to help you work through the claims process or trial in the most effective manner possible, ensuring the best compensation for your losses. Let’s talk about what you can expect. Call for an appointment today.