If you are a motorcyclist and have been a victim of a roadway accident and are now undergoing severe physical and emotional pain, the path to recovery will undoubtedly be lengthy. An addition to the injuries, you will also face an increasing amount of medical expenses and bills. Pursuing a personal injury claim for your grievances may help you recover some, if not all of these costs.
The assistance of a motorcycle accident attorney can bring comfort to your distress. A knowledgeable attorney will work attentively to determine accountability in your situation and help to obtain the compensation for which you are owed.
Unfortunate Reputation – Unfortunately, motorcyclists are often subject to scrutiny based on stereotypes. Based on countless movie scenes and the act of single groups of impulsive motorcyclists, it is not uncommon to find yourself judged incorrectly based on your desire to operate a motorcycle. Due to this, it is not unusual to see an insurer treat a victim differently because he or she drives a motorcycle.
Needless to say, insurance carriers are what are known as for-profit businesses. This means that their main interests do not include providing victims of any auto accidents the most coverage or even full coverage. In fact, they often seek to deliver the least amount of coverage as possible. For this reason, insurance agencies will frequently attempt to label you as a reckless motorcyclist and attempt to disqualify and deny your claims. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters will often blame the victim of an accident leaving him or her with the financial burden for all medical bills and expenses.
Finding Liability for Your Accident – There are a number of factors that can be held accountable for a motorcyclist accident. The following is a limited list of these factors.
- One of the most common accountable parties for any accident is the conductor of the vehicle in which he or she suffered a collision with. This often involves:
- Distracted driving
- Road rage
- Driving under the influence; and or
Motorcycle drivers do not have the protection that other automobile drivers have. This makes motorcyclists more susceptible to the negligence of countless drivers on the road.
- Motorcycle or vehicle manufacturers are another important party that can be held accountable for the injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. These companies can be held accountable because they played a part by failing to make appropriate recalls for faulty or defective auto/motorcycle parts. Many companies will continue to sell ineffective parts, which can cause serious injuries or even the death of a motorist. If a company is found to have known about the faulty parts, they will not only be subject to compensate the victim, they can also face criminal charges.
- Local governments are also subject to be held liable if there is a roadway accident. There are several matters that local government agencies are responsible for. One of these is the upkeep of roads. This means that roads are to be kept safe and clear from all debris and damages, which includes all roadway signs. For example, if a stop sign is obstructed due to an overgrown tree, the local government agency can face accountability for not keeping the sign clear of obstruction.
Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
Since there are various ways in which a motorcycle accident can occur, it is important that you seek to resolve the matter promptly. There are various time constraints to be aware of that depend on the cause of the accident. The support of an expert attorney can bring ease to your case. As a motorcycle accident victim, you not only face physical and emotional pain, you will also face an increasing amount of medical bills. Depending on the injuries sustained, these injuries can affect your ability to work further adding stress to your situation. An experienced attorney will see that your claim is not only timely met, he or she will also fight for your rights to ensure a full compensation.
The Law Offices of Justin H. King specialize in personal injury matters with a focus on motorcycle accidents. With recognition by the National Trial Lawyers Association, Justin H. King, Esq. will fight on your behalf to see that all liable parties are not only held accountable, but that they cover the expenses of the injuries to which you sustained due to their negligence. You can learn more about how Justin helps and fights for victims of motorcycle accidents here, or view his contact information here.