Whether you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or you have lost a loved one in this type of accident, it is likely that you have questions. To get answers to your specific questions as they relate to your unique situation, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free consultation. In the meantime, read on to get general answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
There are a number of factors that can lead to motorcycle accidents, including defects to the vehicles themselves, unsafe roadways, bad weather, and operator error. However, studies and statistics show that seven out of ten serious motorcycle accidents are the result of another driver’s reckless or negligent behavior. As a result, most motorcycle accidents do hold the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Is it possible to file an accident lawsuit even if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Most everyone who owns a motorcycle in California knows that it is required by law that they wear a helmet. Not wearing a helmet greatly increases the chances of brain injury if involved in an accident. However, if you or a loved one was not wearing a helmet at the time of a motorcycle accident, you still have the right to pursue legal action.
That said, it may complicate things. The insurance company is likely to argue that the costs of medical care and other injuries are higher than they would have been if the victim was wearing a helmet. We can answer specifics about this situation as it applies to your case when you contact us at 800-333-0000.
Can I file a personal injury accident if I was the passenger on a motorcycle?
Yes. If you were the passenger on a motorcycle during an accident, and you sustained injuries, then you are entitled to seek compensation. This could include the same damages the driver can file for, including medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages. The lawsuit may be against the driver of the motorcycle or another party.
Should I settle the case with the insurance company?
Not without talking to an attorney. You can count on an insurance adjuster offering a settlement if another party was responsible for the accident. However, remember that their singular goal is to make a profit for the company they work for. They are not on your side and they are unlikely to offer you the fair value of your case.
Do I have a case?
Only an attorney can tell you that. If you are not sure then we strongly recommend contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. If we do decide to take your case, then we will do so on a contingency basis that results in no payment from you until we win your case. Call us now to find out what your options are.