Most motorcycle accident cases are resolved through an out-of-court settlement with the insurance company. However, if you are unable to reach a settlement with the liable party after you were injured in a motorcycle wreck, you will need to fight for the compensation you need and deserve at trial.
At Zanes Law Injury Lawyers, our experienced team of Tucson motorcycle accident attorneys has a long history of getting our clients the compensation they require both through settlements and favorable court rulings. While your case is unlikely to go to trial, we can help you recover damages if it does.
Reaching a Settlement Deal Vs. Going to Court
Motorcycle accident cases rarely reach the courtroom because it is typically in the best interest of all parties involved to settle the case out of court. Reaching a settlement deal offers many advantages.
As the plaintiff and a motorcycle accident victim, settling your injury claim means you will get the money you need for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering, much quicker than if your case goes to trial. Additionally, you avoid the unpredictability of a courtroom trial. Even if your case seems airtight, you can never know what to expect when you put your case before a jury.
For the defense, settling means that they pay an injured motorcycle rider for the vehicle collision and can put the case behind them quickly. Avoiding any unwanted publicity about the case. A settlement also means less money in legal fees and a smaller overall payout than if they go to trial and lose. Going to court is always a gamble, and it is often best for the defendant in a motor vehicle accident to cut their losses rather than risk more at trial.
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You Always Need to Be Prepared to Go to Court After a Motorcycle Accident
Even though your case will likely end up settling out of court, that does not mean you do not have to prepare to go to trial. It is critical that you always move forward with legal proceedings with the mindset that you will end up fighting your case in the courtroom.
If the other side discovers that you are unprepared or unwilling to go to court, you will lose all your leverage in settlement negotiations. In this situation, you can expect the other party to stick firmly with a lowball settlement offer or pull any deal off the table altogether and force a trial.
Choosing an attorney with a history of winning at trial can force the opposition to be reasonable in negotiations. If they refuse to settle on a fair deal, you can feel confident that you have a strong chance of winning your case in court.
Your Attorney Will Be in Settlement Negotiations While They Prepare Your Case for Court
Throughout the entire process of preparing your motorcycle accident case to go to trial, your lawyer will be in contact with opposing counsel attempting to negotiate a settlement agreement. If a settlement deal is reached at any point in the process, your case will end, and you will receive the agreed-upon money.
Until then, you can expect your attorney to go through a variety of steps as they build your case, which will likely include:
- Investigating the scene of your accident
- Speaking with eyewitnesses
- Obtaining a copy of the police report
- Consulting expert witnesses
- Reviewing your medical records
- Assessing the damages you suffered
- Calculating the value of your claim
- Filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit
- Going through the steps of the pretrial process
- Arguing your case in court
Even if your motorcycle accident case does make it to the courtroom, there is still the possibility that a settlement deal will be reached before the verdict is read.
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How Long do You Have to File a Lawsuit After a Motorcycle Accident in Tucson?
If you are pursuing compensation through a lawsuit after a Tucson motorcycle accident, you need to understand how long you have to file. According to the Arizona personal injury statute of limitations, accident victims typically have two years to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party after a crash. Missing this deadline could mean the loss of your right to claim compensation.
Of course, the two-year deadline does not apply in all cases. The details of your situation could permit you to pursue compensation even if the usual deadline has passed. At the same time, you could only have months to take legal action.
The best way to meet all deadlines and protect your right to claim compensation is by hiring an experienced Tucson motorcycle accident law firm.
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Whether your case settles out of court or goes to trial, you will likely recover far more money from the liable party with an experienced Tucson motorcycle accident lawyer by your side. At Zanes Law, we have a proven track record of securing favorable outcomes for our clients both inside and outside of the courtroom.
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only get paid if we are able to secure compensation on your behalf. We charge no upfront fee or hourly retainer. The only payment we will receive for our services will come after we get you the money you need and be paid as a fixed percentage of the damages you recover.
Contact us today by phone or through our website to learn more about how we can help you get the money you need with a free case review. We will review your case’s details and answer any questions you may have.