Injuries from a Motorcycle Accident? Our Personal Injury Lawyers can Help
Motorcycle accident cases present unusual challenges due to a negative bias held by the public. Most people imagine that everyone who owns a motorcycle is some sort of daredevil who is looking to cause an wreck. Drivers regularly see motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic, and assume all motorcyclists are horrible drivers. As a result, many people would argue that someone injured in a motorcycle wreck got what the deserved.
Our role at the Idiart Law Group is to identity and dismiss these biases. In order to win your personal injury suit, we must prove that you were operating your motorcycle in a reasonable and legal manner. Our team must make it clear that you were driving a legally recognized vehicle, and that you should not suffer financially at the hands of someone else’s mistake.
That is why you need to reach out to the Idiart Injury Lawyers team today. A motorcycle wreck can change your life forever. From serious injuries to emotional trauma, a variety of factors following your accident can take a toll on you. Schedule a free consultation to find out how we can take the weight off your shoulders. Contact us at (855) 772-6969.
Your Injuries Following a Motorcycle Wreck May be Severe
Motorcycles are an increasingly popular method of transportation especially in Western States like Oregon & California. Due to the exposed nature of the motorcycle, you are more susceptible to serious injury and death than a driver of an automobile. The reasons why are obvious:
- You are exposed to direct impact between your body and other objects in the event of a wreck
- A motorcycle is less stable than other vehicles due to having only two wheels
- Due to their size, motorcycles are more greatly affected by minor collisions than other vehicles
- Due to their lack of bulk, motorcycles are harder for drivers to see than other vehicles are
In addition, motorcycles are especially at risk when it comes to dangers posed by poor road maintenance and construction. Defects such as potholes are much more dangerous for a motorcyclist than an automobile driver.
You Can Recover a Variety of Damages and Losses Following Motorcycle:
If you or someone you love have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you’re dealing with so a great deal more than the loss of your motorcycle. You may be facing serious injuries, and as a result missed work and lost income. Often times, victims face large medical bills, rehabilitating pain, and significant trauma following their accident. Our team at the Idiart Injury Lawyers can help with pursuing reimbursement for the following expenses following a wreck:
- Expenses Related to Medical Treatment
- Rehabilitative Therapy
- Damage and Loss of Property
- Wages Lost Due to Injuries
- Wrongful Suffering and Pain
- Wrongful Death
The damages an individual is able to receive compensation for will differ from case to case. Multiple factors come into play when determine who is at fault, and what the extent of the damage is. With our vast experience in this area, we are confident we can build the strongest case possible to protect your interests.
There are two major matters to be determined when pursuing a case of this nature: which parties are at fault, and which parties are victims of the event. In order to determine these things, we often refer to:
- Accident Reconstruction Reports
- Insurance Documents
- Medical Expenses
- Crash Scene Photography
- Reports Made by Police
- Video Evidence
- Witness Testimony
Filing for a Motorcycle Accident Personal Injury Claim:
Both California and Oregon have a statute of limitations of two years. That means that an individual has two years following the date of an accident to file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for the alleged damages they have faced as a result of the accident.
However, the statute of limitation changes in the event of a wrongful death. If the car wreck resulted in a wrongful death, an individual still has two years to make a claim. But in Oregon, an individual has three-years to make said claim. It is important to note that in this instance, the date at which the “countdown” starts is the date of the final accident-related injury.
There are several important questions to ask yourself before you make the decision to file a claim:
What do I do if the judge finds that I was at fault?
In many cases, a single party is not to blame for causing the accident. That is why lawmakers in both California and Oregon have decided to use the legal process of comparative negligence. This means that judges have the right to determine to what extent each party was at fault. For instance, if you were driving above the speed limit, but your wreck was caused by a road defect, a construction company may be held partially responsible. As long as you are under 50% at fault, you are entitled to compensation.
Is there anything I could be doing to help my case after my accident?
You should immediately seek medical care and inform your employer that you will be missing work as a result of your injuries. While this is important in regards to your health, it also demonstrates the severity of your circumstances. Waiting to seek care will give the defense an opportunity to claim you were not severely injured.
Insurance companies are calling me and offering money. Do I take it?
It may be in your best interest to take it, but you should not make any decisions before speaking with your attorney. In many cases, insurance companies will attempt to low-ball you and get out of paying you the money you deserve. They also will take what you say to them and use it against you in court. It is in your best interest to let a lawyer handle all communication with insurance companies. As a team, you can decide with our law firm what option is best for you.
Can I even afford to take this to court?
You can if you work with us. We do not charge anything upfront, and will decide if we are a good fit for your case after a free consultation. In the event that we work together, we will only collect fees if we win your case—if you do not receive any financial compensation, neither do we.
Is this going to take a long time?
The answer is sadly “we don’t know.” It all depends on your circumstances, as well as the number of cases on the docket. The process could take just a handful of months, or it could take several years. If the insurance companies are willing to work with us, the time frame is much shorter. However, if we must go to court to get the compensation you deserve, it could take a year to even see the inside of a courtroom.
Is it worth it to seek financial compensation?
It is more than worth it to pursue financial compensation after you have been involved in a motorcycle wreck. At the very least, a consultation is free. Take the opportunity to learn about what you may be entitled to, and how you can defend your interests in court. You should not be faced with financial loss due to the mistakes of someone else.
Call our motorcycle injury lawyers to get help with your case. There are no fees till you win your case. Call today to get started: (855) 772-6969