If you’re a cyclist, there’s a chance – however slim – that you’ll be involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. If you are, you’ll need an excellent attorney. Here are some tips to help you choose the best bicycle accident lawyer for you.
Does the attorney specialize in bicycle injury law?
There are dozens of different personal injury lawyers that probably live in your area. Instead of focusing on personal injury law, dig a little deeper to discover whether or not the attorney you’re considering to represent you specializes in bicycle injury law. If not, find someone who does. Familiarity and experience with injury law specific to cyclists are critical. You want someone who knows the rules of the road for Pennsylvania cyclists.
Case Success Rate
The other thing that you’ll want to ask an attorney is what their case success rate is. Again, there are a lot of attorneys out there, but only a few who are good at what they do. Ask if you can view any testimonials from previous clients. It isn’t outrageous to even ask to speak with past clients over the phone.
How does the attorney charge?
How you’ll pay for your legal representation is important. Unfortunately, some lawyers will make you pay an upfront fee, known as a retainer fee and charge you a fixed/hourly rate regardless of whether you win or lose.
You best option is to choose an attorney that won’t charge you a cent until your case is won. Then, the firm will get paid on a contingency fee basis, i.e. a prearranged fee that is only payable if you win.
Your Gut Instinct
If you’ve found an attorney who satisfies all the previous recommendations, then the last part of your decision may just be asking yourself how you feel your initial interaction went. If your gut is telling you that this is the right attorney for you, then go with the firm.
Learn More About Our Legal Services for Bicycle Accident Victims
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our bicycle accident attorneys have a lengthy history in the business of representing bicycle accident victims. We can help you learn about how bicycle accident insurance can help to pay for your injuries, how you can prove the fault of the driver who hit you, and what your other legal remedies are for recovering compensation.