Motorcycles – the allure of the open road, the wind in your face, no restraints. The very thing that makes a motorcycle so appealing to many riders also makes them one of the most dangerous vehicles to operate on the road. Most riders take great pride in their adherence to all the safety rules and regulations, make a habit of wearing a helmet and other protective gear, obey all the rules of the road, operate in good weather, maintain proper distance between vehicles at all times, and keep their bike in tip top mechanical condition.
However, even with all those precautions, there isn’t much a motorcyclist can do to make riding safer when there are other vehicles on the road that are bigger, heavier, and may not be as cautious around riders as one would hope. Unfortunately, the size disparity between the bike and other vehicles, combined with careless and distracted drivers in other vehicles, can result in serious, or even deadly, accidents.
Fortunately, a Monticello motorcycle accident lawyer could offer some help. An experienced local attorney could review your case and help you hold the negligent party financially responsible for the harm you have suffered.
I Was in a Motorcycle Crash in Monticello: What Now?
Your best first step following a motorcycle crash in Monticello, after seeking medical attention, may very well be a consultation with an experienced lawyer. You may be facing both serious injuries and the resulting stress that comes from financial losses that you may have suffered. Consultations are free and if you want to hire us we are only paid if we recover money for you, so you might as well get additional information that can help maximize the value of your claim. Talk to a helpful attorney today who has handled many motorcycle accident claims who can work with you to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
What Do I Need to Know About a Motorcycle Crash in Monticello?
Like any accident, knowing how to proceed with the at-fault drivers insurance company can make all the difference in the compensation you obtain. The goal of the other driver’s insurance company is naturally to pay out as little as possible on claims made against them, including yours. You will want to know what questions you should and should not answer, whether you should sign any documents, give statements or accept any settlements, all things an experience motorcycle crash lawyer in the area can guide you through. Understanding how insurance companies work is a big advantage that an experienced attorney can offer.
Since motorcycle accidents are often very serious, with high medical bills, significant lost wages, and serious injuries, it is especially important to get help valuing your case as well as help avoiding common mistakes that can reduce the value of your case. Far too often insurance companies try to blame motorcycle riders or are biased against motorcycle riders, and unfortunately you simply cannot trust that an insurance company is going to treat you fairly, instead of looking out for its own financial interests. Most people will tell you that working with an experienced lawyer makes the process less stressful and the outcome more favorable than it would be if they had handled their claim on their own.
What Compensation Could an Injured Motorcyclist?
Due to nature of a motorcycle and the size of other vehicles on the road, injuries following a motorcycle crash are frequently severe. Our lawyers could help you identify all of the potential damages that may be available to you after a motorcycle crash in Monticello. Failing to include some of your damages or to accurately value those damages (or accepting a low valuation by a self-interested insurance company) could result in serious financial consequences.
Your damages may include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Past and future physical pain and suffering
- Past and future mental and emotional suffering
- Disfigurement (scarring and road rash)
- Loss of normal life
- Loss of consortium
- The loss of a loved one in a wrongful death claim
Any compensation you receive should reflect both the severity of your injuries and the impact those injuries will have on the rest of your life. Will you be able to work again or do the same type of work? Will you experience long lasting pain? Will your daily life be impacted by your injuries, leaving you unable to enjoy the things you once did with ease?
A seasoned legal professional understands how to build your claim to effectively prove your damages and demonstrate how the injuries you suffered will impact your life now and in the future, and will work to get you the compensation you deserve and help reduce the stress of dealing with insurance companies so you can focus on healing and getting your life back.
Get in Touch with a Monticello Motorcycle Accident Attorney
A Monticello motorcycle accident lawyer could work with you from the initial, no-cost, no obligation consultation, through filing your claim with the at-fault drivers insurance company, all the way up to representing you in court if necessary. Call our office today. We are here to help and ready to assist you.