The insurance company has a legal team to save them money after YOU have an accident. They would rather pay their lawyers than pay you fairly for your injury claim.
Motorcycle accident fatalities have been registering double-digit increases each year in recent years. Even with government efforts to educate the public about motorcyclist safety, the number of accidents has been increasing, and they have been far more serious. Part of the reason is that drivers show less regard for the safety of others on the road. When you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
The bills can pile up almost immediately after a motorcycle accident. In addition, the legal process can begin whether you are ready or not because the insurance company responsible for paying you may try to begin it for you. Motorcycle accident victims cannot afford to be unrepresented for a second after an accident. The risks to you are too great. In addition, it takes time to resolve a motorcycle accident case, so you must start soon. The first step in the process that you must take is to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who will roll their sleeves up and get right to work on your behalf.
It is a sad truth that California drivers are actually getting worse. Besides a general lowered respect for traffic laws and growing selfishness on the part of drivers who want to do what they want when they want, motorists are also more distracted than ever. Here are some of the common ways that motorists can cause serious motorcycle accidents:
Your lawyer can help make your case stronger by doing the following:
Before you can negotiate an actual settlement offer, you need to prove that someone else was at fault for the accident. Your case starts from zero, meaning that the other party is presumed not to have caused the crash until you can prove otherwise.
Your goal is to demonstrate that someone else was negligent in your motorcycle accident. The examples of wrongful driver actions that we described above would be considered negligence in a motorcycle accident case. Negligence is when someone falls short of the standard of care expected of them under the circumstances by acting in a way that a reasonable person would not have. A reasonable person exercises care on the road and follow traffic laws. If they do not, they must pay for the harm that they caused.
Another reason why you must begin the legal process quickly is that you only have two years to file a lawsuit after you were injured. The statute of limitations is a strict time limit, after which you lose the right to sue. If you want time to negotiate with the insurance company, you need to file the claim now because you should be prepared to file a court case if you cannot settle your claim. There are other compelling reasons not to wait to begin your case, but the statute of limitations is a backdrop for your case.
Motorcycle accidents are usually worth more than other types of cases. There is no special rule that governs motorcycle cases. It is just that your injuries in a motorcycle accident are worse. You do not need to bear the additional risk – if a driver hits you, it is their legal issue.
The numbers for the average settlement are all over the place. What you should focus on is your case and getting as much money as you can for your injuries.
A good motorcycle accident settlement would pay you for the following:
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may run up against the policy limits of the driver’s coverage. When that happens, you can file a claim against your own insurance policy. Then, you end up having to negotiate and deal with two insurance companies, which can be double the difficulty because both do not want to pay you. If you exhaust both insurance policy coverages, the driver would be personally liable for the rest of your damages.
It would be best if you had someone to look out for during the legal process necessary to get financial compensation. You cannot count on the insurance company to look out for you. They are most concerned with paying out little to nothing on your claim. It would be our job, as your lawyer, to protect you and fight for you to get as much money as you can. Without an attorney, your legal rights are unprotected and will be compromised.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a motorcycle crash, the attorneys at DPI Injury Attorneys will work diligently on your behalf to help you reach the end goal of getting top dollar for your injuries. You can start the legal process today by simply contacting us. We will schedule your free initial consultation.
… that you are hurting…
… to shoulder that burden alone…
… to be taken advantage of…
California law allows you to receive some amount of financial compensation, even if you were partially to blame. So long as you were anything less than 100 percent to blame for the accident, you can recover money, but it would be reduced by the amount that you were at fault. Blaming the victim is one of the insurance company’s favorite tactics.
Your family could then file a wrongful death claim. Your family’s personal injury would be the loss of your loved one. You can be paid back for your own damages that you suffered when your loved one died.
You do not have to. Your motorcycle accident lawyer can handle all the details. While you may need to testify if you can, your case would not suffer because your capacity has been diminished in a motorcycle accident.