When you are hurt in a car accident, there are a lot of things that run through your mind, but most people aren't focused on suing the other driver or their own insurance company. Unfortunately, because of the way the world works, most people find that they are given far less of a settlement than they deserve, especially if the accident wasn't their fault. I wanted to create a blog all about choosing a better accident and personal injury attorney, so that you can prevent longterm financial ramifications from your accident. I know that a lot of these tips helped me along my journey.
Suffering an injury while riding your motorcycle is quite different than a standard car accident. Your injuries are likely to be much greater, and other drivers may just assume that you are at fault due to the nature of the vehicle you are operating. Here are three questions that you should ask your lawyer about your motorcycle accident.
1. Will You Be Entitled to Compensation for All Your Injuries?
Since your motorcycle caused you to have less protection in the accident, you most likely suffered greater medical bills than if you were driving a car. This can leave you wondering if the vehicle that you were driving will cause you to receive less compensation since you were taking on a greater risk by driving the motorcycle.
Be aware that your personal injury compensation should not be lowered just because you were on a motorcycle. If the other driver was completely at fault, you should be able to receive compensation that covers the entire extent of your injury.
2. Is It Better to Settle or Go to Trial
Your personal injury case will always start in mediation, where you have more control over the compensation you request and coming to an agreement if it is favorable. Your lawyer will try to settle the case in mediation so that it never goes to court.
Be aware that if you do need to take it to court, you may be better off with a trial decided by a judge rather than a jury. Jurors tend to have a bias against people who ride motorcycles and get into accidents. It's possible that you'll have an uphill battle to fight as you try to convince a jury that simply driving a motorcycle doesn't make the responsible party any less responsible.
3. Will Your Motorcycle Skills Play into the Settlement?
Many motorcycle accidents are caused by unskilled riders who do not know what they are doing on the road. If the other driver was not completely responsible for causing the accident, your skills as a motorcycle rider may come into question. It is possible that you will receive partial liability if it is discovered that your lack of skills played a role in the accident, such as not being able to brake properly. This will result in you receiving only a portion of your compensation, which is equal to the liability held by the other party in the accident.
For more help navigating your case, contact a motorcycle accident attorney who will work closely with you.Share