Being involved in a motorcycle accident can really turn your world upside down, often leaving you with physical and emotional injuries and scars. You know you need time to heal, but are stressed out by the demands of filing accident claims, getting your ride fixed and the impact of the accident on your financial situation. If you are considering hiring a personal injury attorney, there is no better time than now. Don't rely on the at-fault driver's insurance company to take care of you. Take steps now to get legal representation before its too late.
1. Important accident information could be lost. If you are counting on eyewitness accounts of the accident, you must take action quickly to preserve their accounts of the event. Memories can fade with time, so ensure the testimony of the witness is recorded as soon as possible after the accident. Additionally, witnesses can simply disappear if not carefully tracked. Your personal injury attorney will be able to contact witnesses, get their statements and keep in touch with them until they are needed at your deposition and trial.
2. Video evidence could disappear. Few and far between are major intersections that are not under the watchful eye of a camera. At times, cameras aimed at parking lots and businesses can offer a view of the accident as well. You can only imagine how critical this evidence could be for your case. Unfortunately, these cameras often record only a certain amount of footage before it is erased or recorded over. Don't allow this important visual evidence of the accident to get lost.
3. Get your life back to normal quicker. The effect of the accident on every facet of your life can be overwhelming, and every minute that passes without compensation only makes matters worse. You may be missing work, falling behind on your bills and lacking transportation to get to the doctor or to the grocery store. The personal injury process can take some time, so the sooner you get started on your case, the sooner you can expect a settlement.
4. You could be running out of time to file your case. The statute of limitations exists in every state, and varies from a couple of years to several years, but most states use the two year statute of limitations rule for personal injury claims. What this means is that you only have so long from the time of accident to file a case and get compensated. Don't delay. Contact a personal injury attorney or motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible and don't miss out on getting fairly compensated for your accident injuries.