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Your Attorney doesn’t need to ride a motorcycle to know Motorcycle Law

Your Attorney doesn’t need to ride a motorcycle to know Motorcycle Law

Just because an attorney rides a motorcycle doesn’t mean he or she knows motorcycle law better than any other lawyers who concentrate their practice in personal injury law.   Motorcycles are subject to the same rules of the road as every other motor vehicle in Illinois.   So if a lawyer knows the rules of the road, he or she knows the law as it applies to all motorized vehicles, including motorcycles.

The safest way to ensure you get the best representation possible when you are injured on a motorcycle is to hire a lawyer who has successfully handled motorcycle injury cases before, and who has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the law.  MacCloskeyKesler & Associates has represented thousands of people injured in all manner of motor vehicle incidents, including motorcycle collisions, here in Rockford and throughout Northern Illinois.   Our verdicts and settlements speak volumes about our experience and knowledge of this area of law.
There are three things that must be proven in all vehicle negligence situations.  First, you must prove that the other driver’s wrongful conduct (negligence) caused the collision.   This means that our first job is to prove that the other driver violated the rules of the road.   If you know motor vehicle law, you will have the knowledge and experience to know how to prove it was the other driver’s fault.   That is true regardless of the type of vehicle that the people involved are driving.
The second thing that must be proven is that someone was injured.   That will depend on the medical evidence generated by your medical providers, usually in the form of medical records.   The type of injuries sustained can run from the minor to the catastrophic.
The last and most important thing that must be proven is that the injuries sustained in the collision were legally caused by the wrongful conduct of the other driver.   That is the most important element that must be proven, and where an experienced lawyer is most valuable.   Did the violation of the rules of the road by the other driver cause your injury?   Were you actually injured by that conduct?   What injuries did you sustain because of that conduct?  Whether you ride a motorcycle or a pony has nothing to do with it.
After those things are proven, the next question becomes what is fair compensation for the nature and extent of those injuries that were caused by the other driver’s negligence?   What do other similarly injured people receive in the way of compensation for their injuries, once all the evidence is examined?   It takes an experienced lawyer to answer that question for you.
At MacCloskeyKesler & Associates, we know the law, because we have represented thousands of people injured in all manner of motor vehicle collisions, including motorcycle collisions.   So if you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle collision, give us a call for a free consultation at 815-965-2000.   Put our experience to work for you.


An Inexperienced Attorney Can Cost You Money

An Inexperienced Attorney Can Cost You Money

When you need an injury lawyer, you want to be represented by the best, most experienced lawyer you can find.   It is not a good strategy to hire someone who will learn this area of the law at your expense.   It is best to hire a lawyer for your personal injury case who has successfully handled hundreds if not thousands of similar cases.  A personal injury claim can be one of the most valuable assets you may ever have.  Don’t trust it to someone who hasn’t been down that road many times before.
Hiring an inexperienced lawyer can result in your case taking much longer to settle or go to trial.  Then, when it does settle or get tried, the monetary award can be much lower than the results realized with an experienced lawyer.   A big mistake made by inexperienced lawyers is to incur expenses that are unnecessary to proving your case.   These unnecessary expenses are costs that you may not have needed to spend, and must be paid out of any recovery you get.   The greater the costs, the smaller your net recovery.
Generally speaking, lawyers take cases on a contingent fee basis.  That means they charge no fee unless there is a recovery.   That gives people of limited means the same chance to be represented by a competent lawyer as a multi-billion dollar insurance company.    Additionally, reputable lawyers advance all costs necessary in prosecuting cases and get reimbursed after a recovery is made.   The client should not have to pay costs up front.  Costs generally include those needed in obtaining copies of medical records, Police Reports, filing certain legal papers on insurance companies, procuring statements from witnesses, hiring experts necessary to proving the case, filing lawsuit papers and the like.
Some attorneys, however, charge for making copies of documents in the lawyer’s office or for routine postage.   At MacCloskeyKesler & Associates, we never charge our clients for these expenses.   To us, these are simply costs of doing business, and we do not believe it is appropriate to charge our clients for these expenses.
In some cases, medical records alone are sufficient to prove the full nature and extent of the injuries sustained by a client.  In others, it is necessary to file a lawsuit, take statements from witnesses and medical providers, and even hire expert witnesses to review matters involved in the case and testify based on their expertise.  This can cost thousands of dollars or more, all of which must be paid back to the law firm from any recovery obtained.   It takes a skillful, experienced lawyer to know when it is necessary to incur those expenses and when it is not.  We pride ourselves on knowing just that.
This matters to you, the client, because at the end of the case, you pay those expenses from your recovery.  If those expenses did not add value to your case, what good did it do to incur them?   An inexperienced lawyer may incur them simply because they may not know any better.   But remember, the higher your costs, the less your net monetary compensation will be.
We have personally seen cases where an inexperienced lawyer has spent thousands of dollars needlessly.   In one case in particular, such a lawyer had a case nearly identical to one we’d prosecuted.    The other lawyer’s very similar case settled for less money than ours did, and the inexperienced lawyer spent money needlessly, all which combined to cause the other lawyer’s client to receive less net compensation than ours did.   The other lawyer did not know when it was necessary to invest money in meeting with doctors and getting reports, so he needlessly spent money which came out of his client’s net award.   Additionally, all the time spent meeting with doctors and getting reports meant the case took a lot longer to settle than it should have.  Personal injury cases can take a long time to prosecute successfully under the best of circumstances; there is no need to make it take longer due to inexperience.
At MacCloskeyKesler & Associates, the thousands of cases we have prosecuted have taught us when to spend money on the client’s behalf and when it is unnecessary, and when to take the time to meet with medical providers and when it is not necessary because it won’t add value to the client’s case.
So don’t trust an inexperienced lawyer with one of the most valuable assets you may ever have, your personal injury case.  MacCloskeyKesler & Associates has successfully handled all manner of personal injury claims, and our settlements and verdicts speak for themselves.  We believe we will get you full and fair compensation for the nature and extent of your injuries quickly and efficiently and not spend your money foolishly getting there.    If you’ve been seriously injured, put our experience to work for you.

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