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Accidents happen. Sometimes the fault lies with the motorcyclist; but more often, a motorcycle accident is caused by the negligence of another driver. Should you retain a personal injury lawyer? What do you need to know when you have been involved in a motorcycle accident?
What should you do if you are involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle?
First and foremost, do not admit any fault or sign anything. These statements can potentially be used against you. You will want to take notes and collect information.
What are common types of motorcycle accidents?
Many motorcycle accidents involve a car turning left that does not see an oncoming motorcyclist. Left-turn accidents are commonly caused by drivers who:
Negligent acts that can result in an accident include:
What are common injuries from a motorcycle accident?
Motorcyclists do not have the protection that someone in a car or truck would have so injuries can be extremely serious, including:
Who is at fault for a motorcycle accident caused by someone turning left in front of the cyclist?
In most cases, a car making a left turn is almost always liable for a collision with a vehicle coming straight in the opposite direction. However, there are exceptions to the rule that can apply; for instance, if the vehicle going straight was excessively speeding or ran a red light. This is something an attorney will help you determine.
What happens if the driver of the motorcycle is not wearing a helmet and is involved in an accident?
While it might be mandatory to wear a helmet in your state, it should not prevent you from recovering for your injuries if someone else caused the accident. If it can be shown that your decision to not wear a helmet caused some of your injuries, your claim may be reduced based on the principle of comparative negligence.
Do I need a lawyer when involved in a motorcycle accident?
An experienced motorcycle and car accident attorney can help you understand whether you have a valid claim as well as your options and rights.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can leave you with serious physical and financial repercussions. Contacting an attorney immediately increases your chances of recovering maximum compensation for your injuries.
Are there things you should NOT DO after a motorcycle accident?
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How can an attorney help me after a motorcycle accident?
Often, accidents involving motorcycles are caused by a motorist who failed to see the motorcycle or failed to take appropriate precautions to drive safely.
Your attorney will investigate the accident to find evidence showing how the motorist may have been negligent. They might review eyewitness reports, police reports, evidence from the scene, and other sources. The scene of the accident will be reviewed for things such as skid marks or the lack thereof that might indicate if the driver hit the brakes before impact, was driving recklessly or breaking any traffic laws.
Motorcycle accidents can cause numerous injuries and leave you with permanent disabilities or chronic pain. Soft tissue injuries can sometimes take weeks to show up. The at-fault driver may dispute your claim and fight back.
An experienced personal injury attorney knows how to investigate your claim, knows not to settle too early and knows what to expect from the defendant and their insurance companies. They can advise you on your legal rights and legal options.
A lawyer will help you initiate your case, plus:
How long will it take to settle a motorcycle accident claim?
Every accident is different. There is no set amount of time in which it will be completed. It often takes months to reach a settlement and can take longer if your case goes to trial. The amount your claim is worth will depend on the severity of the injuries and the time it takes for the injured person to recover completely. Your attorney can give you a better idea once they know more about your situation.
What type of damages might you be entitled to?
Motorcycle accidents typically result in serious, sometimes life-threatening, injuries. They can affect the head, spine, lower extremities and leave you partially or permanently disabled. Your lawyer can give you a better idea once they know more about your situation.
If your motorcycle accident was due to the negligence of another driver or motorist, product failure or highway defect, you should talk with an attorney familiar with personal injuries. He or she can help you recover compensation for accident-related injuries, including lost wages.
Serious injuries occur in motorcycle accidents, some of which may not show up until weeks after an accident occurs.
These injuries can be life altering and a financial drain. When accidents are caused by the negligence of another, a personal injury lawyer will negotiate a financial settlement on your behalf.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle accident due to another’s negligence, contact the experienced attorneys at Nash & Franciskato for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.
Call (877) 284-6600 and one of our experienced accident attorneys will speak with you personally.
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