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My old lawyer said that I had a bad attitude that was hurting my case. Do lawyers think that motorcycle riders are poor clients?

No more so than any other clients. No two people are alike, and every client reacts differently to the stresses of recovery after a serious motorcycle accident and to the slow pace of pursuing justice through the courts. It’s really not our place to criticize our clients; after all, we are Wisconsin personal injury lawyers, and our clients are our employers. We give them the best advice we can, but ultimately they must make all the crucial decisions about their own cases.

And yet, maybe we can explain what your lawyer meant by that remark. We’ve been in the game of dealing with Wisconsin traffic accident victims for quite a while now, after all. Over time, we’ve noticed some patterns in temperament among our clients.

Think of the common stereotype of the motorcycle rider: a person who is fiercely independent, distrustful of authority, often a little rebellious, and strongly committed to rugged self-reliance while maintaining close friendships within a community of other riders, This popular image of the “chrome cowboy” turns out to be a self-reinforcing one: people who find the stereotype appealing tend to become motorcycle riders themselves.

However, taken to an extreme, this rider attitude can undermine your legal case if you are injured in a serious motorcycle accident. A client who cannot accept advice and rebels against following directions is one who, ultimately, works against his own self-interest in at least two ways.
  1. The client tends to ignore legal advice. He may get cocky and talk to insurance adjusters against our recommendations. He may decide to throw out medical reports and receipts we have asked him to preserve. He may have negative ideas about law-enforcement officials and the court system that prevent him from cooperating with his own attorneys.
  2. The client tends to ignore medical advice. She may fail to keep appointments for medical tests, doctors’ visits, or physical therapy. This is important, because the insurance company lawyer will use these missed appointments to suggest that the client doesn’t seem to consider her injuries serious enough for regular treatment.

Finding the right lawyer for you

Just as clients have different personalities, lawyers do also — and law firms. If you were injured in a serious motorcycle accident, consider hiring Hupy and Abraham as your legal representation. We understand the rider mindset; many of our staff are riders.

Here’s the deal: call an Appleton motorcycle accident attorney today at 920-882-8382 (local) or (800) 800-5678 (toll-free), and ask us to send you a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims and a FREE riders’ Rights Card. If you like our approach, we can set you up with a free, no-obligation consultation about your case. Let’s discuss whether we can get you the compensation you deserve for your motorcycle crash. We’re here to give you our best advice — but you, as the client, will always be the boss.