What should I do immediately after a motorcycle accident?
Ensure your safety and seek medical attention if necessary. Report the accident to the police, gather information, and document the scene and injuries.
When should I contact an attorney after a motorcycle accident?
It's advisable to contact an attorney as soon as possible, ideally within the first few days after the accident to ensure evidence is preserved and your rights are protected.
What damages can I seek in a motorcycle accident case?
You can seek compensation for medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, lost wages, and in some cases, punitive damages for particularly reckless behavior.
How is fault determined in a motorcycle accident case?
Fault is determined based on evidence such as witness statements, accident reports, photos, and expert analysis. Comparative negligence laws in your state may affect the outcome.
What if I wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the accident?
Depending on your state's laws, not wearing a helmet may impact your ability to recover damages. An attorney can help you understand how this might affect your case.
Should I talk to the insurance company without an attorney?
It's generally not recommended. Insurance companies may use your statements against you. Consult with an attorney before speaking with insurers.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a motorcycle accident?
The statute of limitations varies by state but typically ranges from one to three years. Contact an attorney promptly to ensure you meet the deadline.
What if the at-fault driver doesn't have insurance?
You may still have options, such as pursuing an uninsured motorist claim through your own insurance policy or seeking compensation from other responsible parties.
What if a defective motorcycle part contributed to the accident?
You may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer or distributor of the faulty part, in addition to a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.
Can I still pursue a case if I was partially at fault for the accident?
Yes, you can still pursue a case in many instances. Depending on your state's laws, your compensation may be reduced based on your percentage of fault.