Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help You
Motorcycles are dangerous vehicles to ride on the road. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2019, the United States reported a total of 5,014 fatal motorcycle accidents. About 61 percent involved multiple vehicles while 39 percent were single-vehicle crashes. 42 percent of these accidents took place between 6pm to midnight. Alcohol significantly contributed to the cause of most of these collisions, with 29 percent of motorcyclists having a BAC at or above 0.08 percent while 18 percent had a BAC at or above 0.15 percent. Motorcyclist deaths accounted for 14 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes that took place in 2019.
If a victim endures severe injuries after a motorcycle accident, they will have to get treatment, such as medication, surgery and/or rehabilitation services. These medical expenses are expected to be very costly and could potentially put the victim in debt.
Insurance companies do not typically have your best interest at heart. They will provide you with a low offer to cover for any damages. A motorcycle accident attorney will guide you through the steps of building a strong claim to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve to cover for your losses, which include medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It also feels reassuring to have an attorney by your side to make the process of getting compensation much easier rather than doing it all on your own.
Here are some more reasons why you should consider hiring a skilled motorcycle accident attorney to handle your claim:
Damages can easily go from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Hiring an attorney will allow you to get proper compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. The attorney will also calculate your lost past and future wages.
California is a comparative negligence state, meaning that an at-fault motorcyclist may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages, even if they were partially at fault for causing the accident. Since the claim will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you, the insurance company will try to get that number down as much as possible.
- Punitive Damages
Though rare, a California court may award a third type of damages known as punitive damages. They are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is harmful. The plaintiff is required to show proof of the defendant’s actions being intentional or the defendant was engaging in wanton and willful misconduct.
- Settlement or Litigation
Whether you reach a settlement with the insurance company or go into litigation, you need someone to represent your interests to ensure you receive the fair compensation that you are entitled to.
Getting all your questions answered is of the utmost importance so that you don’t make any mistakes that may jeopardize your claim.
- Peace of Mind
From the actual accident to the injuries to the legal process, the experience of going through a motorcycle accident can take a toll on a victim. Having an experienced lawyer by your side can help you get what you need to recover physically and mentally.
Find Out How West Coast Trial Lawyers Can Help You
If you sustained injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for the losses you have suffered, which includes medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.