At Bansley Law Offices, we have the experience in motorcycle accidents to help you through this process. We can locate and get statements from witnesses, make sure that your injuries are properly documented, and help you come up with the right amount of compensation that you should ask for. At this difficult time, you need to focus on healing from the trauma of this incident. By hiring Bansley Law Offices, you can focus on yourself while we take care of your case.
Protecting Yourself from a Motorcycle Accident
While some accidents are unpreventable, there are means that you can take to minimize your injuries or the impact of motorcycle accident injuries. First of all, you should make sure that you purchase underinsured motorist conversion coverage or umbrella insurance coverage. Having one of these types of insurance can make sure that you are covered for damages in an accident. Purchasing no-fault coverage or medical benefit coverage can also ensure that you are protected against accidents.
In the event of an accident, you should make sure that you and any passengers on your motorcycle are wearing proper gear. Motorcycle boots, a motorcycle helmet, and a protective jacket and gloves can minimize certain motorcycle accident injuries.
Sometimes, it is clear who is at fault in a motorcycle accident. However, at other times, it is more difficult to determine who is responsible for the accident. To determine fault, you should be sure to file a police report of the accident. A police officer can help you determine who is at fault after viewing the scene and listening to both drivers. Fault will be determined by answering questions such as:
- How is each vehicle damaged?
- Does the damage on each vehicle indicate fault?
- Were both vehicles maintained properly?
- Are there skid marks that can indicate fault?
- What caused the accident?
- What were the weather conditions like at the time of the accident?
- What does the police report indicate?
- Is there any witness testimony?
- Were any drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
If you feel that a police officer did not understand what really caused the accident, you can build your case around evidence from the scene and make your case in civil court.
After you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you should see a doctor to determine if you have been injured and the extent of your injuries. You can use this information to determine the compensation that you deserve. If the evidence shows that you were not responsible for the accident, you can get compensation for:
- Medical bills.
- Physical therapy.
- Loss of income due to missing work because of an injury.
- Pain and suffering.
- Prescription pills and other medication.
- Rehabilitative equipment (crutches, wheelchair, etc.).
If you were partially responsible for the accident, you can receive partial compensation for your injuries and the damages to your vehicle.
Aspects of the Case
After you file a personal injury case, you and your personal injury lawyer should start gathering evidence to defend your position. At some point before your case goes to trial, you will have an opportunity to negotiate a potential settlement. If you feel that your case is not very strong, you might consider taking a settlement and receiving partial compensation for your injuries. Settling is a good idea if you want to avoid additional court fees and a lengthy trial, or if your case is not strong. However, if you are unhappy with the settlement offer or if you feel that your case is very strong, you might want to take it to trial. A personal injury lawyer can help you weigh the pros and cons in your situation to make the best choice.
What if you are injured and the motorcyclist is at fault?
A motorcyclist is held to the same laws and standards as all drivers. This means that motorcyclists can cause and be prosecuted for causing an accident. If you have been injured by a motorcyclist, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer to determine the best way to proceed.