As a motorcycle rider, you have the same right to use the roads of as any other driver. But, too many motorcyclists are injured and killed in accidents caused by motorists who do not safely share the road with motorcycles.
The motorcycle accident lawyers at Becker Law Office help individual motorcyclists and their families obtain compensation for serious personal injury or wrongful death suffered in crashes caused by other drivers’ negligence. Below are questions our attorneys hear frequently from motorcycle accident victims. If we can answer your questions or help you further, please contact us today.
I’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident. Is there anything I should do right away to protect myrights?
Yes, there are several things to do right after a motorcycle accident if you can. What you do immediately after getting injured in a motorcycle accident can determine how likely you are to obtain compensation through a legal claim later.
Proceed in a calm, business-like manner after a motorcycle accident. Look out for yourself, but be polite to others and cooperate with authorities.
Determine whether you or anyone else is injured, then summon help by calling 911 and requesting police assistance and an ambulance if necessary.
You should seek medical treatment of some kind as soon as possible, even if you do not need emergency care. Some serious injuries are not apparent right away. A doctor will diagnose any injuries you have suffered, and his or her records will document them.The documentation of your injuries contained in your medical records will be crucial to a legal claim.
If you do not need an ambulance, try to collect evidence to document your accident. This includes:
- Names,contact information and insurance information for everyone involved in the accident, and names and contact information from witnesses.
- Photos of the accident scene, your motorcycle, the other vehicle, debris, skid marks and anything that shows what happened.
- Copies of the police’s accident report.
- Records and receipts from all medical treatment, including receipts for prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Report the accident to your insurance company. Answer questions truthfully but, if they ask, decline to record a statement. Don’t say anything to indicate you were at fault or downplay your injuries. Do not sign anything.
You should also contact a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. The Becker Law Office’s motorcycle accident attorneys can provide a free legal consultation to review your accident and injuries, and explain the legal options available to you.
The insurance company for the driver who hit me says it can send me a check for my motorcycle accident right away. Should I accept it?
No. It’s good for an insurance adjustor to close an accident case quickly and move on, but it’s not always good for the accident victim. By accepting a settlement you must agree that you won’t seek additional compensation, though you may not even know the full extent of your losses.
In addition to repairs to your motorcycle and the medical care required for your injuries, you may suffer a significant loss if your injuries keep you from returning to work for a long time or you have to take a job that pays less than what you made before. The full extent of your losses may not be known for several weeks or months after a motorcycle accident.
It’s important to understand fully the extent of your medical expenses, property damage and income losses before you accept an insurance settlement. Part of the work a Becker Law Office motorcycle accident attorney can do for you is to ensure this calculation is correct.
The Becker Law Office wants you to receive the full amount of money you need now and may need in the future. Once you retain the services of our motorcycle accident attorneys, we can work directly with the insurance company to see that your claim is for an appropriate amount.
You could receive compensation for property damage (your motorcycle), medical bills and wages lost because of your motorcycle accident. You might also be awarded damages for your pain and suffering. A proper claim settlement includes money for your future if your injuries will keep you from returning to work or require you to take work that pays less.
The intent of a personal injury lawsuit after a motorcycle accident is to ensure that the victim and/or the victim’s family do not suffer financially because of someone else’s negligence. Personal injury law allows an injured party to hold the at-fault party liable for damages.
It would not be responsible for any attorney to say how much money you might receive in a personal injury lawsuit after a motorcycle accident. At the Becker Law Office, we pledge to conduct a thorough investigation that calculates all of your losses and then to press the insurance company hard in negotiations to meet its financial responsibility to you.
One thing you can always get is a free initial consultation about your legal options after a motorcycle accident. Contact the Becker Law Office to set an appointment today.
Kentucky and Indiana insurance laws require the immediate payment of medical bills in a motorcycle accident. If you have any problem obtaining this money, the Becker Law Office can help you.
In Kentucky, you most likely have “no fault” coverage as part of your motorcycle insurance. This pays as much as $10,000 to help with your medical expenses. It may also provide up to $200 per week for lost income and additional damages for pain and suffering.
Your insurance company should pay these benefits regardless of who was at fault in your motorcycle accident. If another driver is at-fault, your insurance company is to be reimbursed from their insurer. No fault personal injury projection limits your right to file a lawsuit to recover compensation, unless your medical bills and expenses exceed a certain amount.
In Indiana, you should receive immediate medical benefits, regardless of fault, if you have Medical Payments Coverage as part of your insurance policy. Depending on the extent of your coverage, you may receive compensation for medical care and prescriptions. Your primary health insurance may also cover you for expenses that exceed the coverage in your motorcycle insurance policy.
Contact Becker Law Office today to set up a free meeting to review your motorcycle accident and injuries in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, or Tennessee. We can work with you to process your insurance claim and ensure that you receive the compensation you are due.
It is important to always wear a motorcycle helmet for safety, but it does not affect a motorcycle accident legally, including whether you’ll receive compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Kentucky and Indiana have partial helmet laws, requiring riders under age 21 and 18, respectively, to wear a motorcycle helmet. Kentucky makes further provisions, requiring a helmet if a motorcyclist has been licensed for less than a year or has no medical insurance. Tennessee has no motorcycle helmet law. (See the Governors Highway Safety Association roundup of motorcycle helmet laws.)
Wearing a motorcycle helmet greatly increases your chances of surviving a motorcycle accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and most other organizations that study the matter. But a helmet is not typically considered a contributing factor in an accident. Therefore, not wearing a helmet should not affect the compensation you could be awarded in a lawsuit after a motorcycle accident.
Engaging an experienced motorcycle accident attorney is the best way to protect your ability to obtain compensation after an accident, regardless of the circumstances of the wreck. If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, or Tennessee, please contact the Becker Law Office today.
You can hire a motorcycle accident attorney without paying anything up front. If we don’t obtain compensation for you from your claim, you won’t have to pay us anything at all.
The Becker Law Office’s motorcycle accident attorneys pursue personal injury lawsuits on a contingency-fee basis. This means clients do not pay us until we recover money for them in a settlement or a court award.
Before you hire us, we’ll meet and review your case with you at no charge and with no further obligation from you. If you decide to retain our services, we will agree to a fee based on a percentage of the final settlement or court award.We will also require you to reimburse us for expenses associated with your case, which we will pay up front, such as charges for police reports, medical records and filing fees, and fees for expert witnesses and court reporters who record depositions.
This protects you as well as us, because it ensures that we only accept cases that we expect to result in compensation that covers your losses as well as our fees and costs. We won’t take a frivolous lawsuit and won’t fill you with false hopes for a big payoff that isn’t likely.
We’ll investigate your case thoroughly and work hard to obtain the compensation you deserve. If you’re ready to get started, we are too. Please contact the Becker Law Office today.