Motorcycle Accident FAQ
The lawyers at Vigil & Alford in Colorado Springs, CO, present this motorcycle accident FAQ to help injured victims and their loved ones understand their rights, how to pursue compensation, and more. If you believe your injuries were caused by another party's negligence, contact us online, or call our office at (719) 632-4333 to schedule a free case review.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Some examples of the types of human error or negligence that can cause a motorcycle accident are:
- Opening a car door in the path of a motorcycle
- Rear-end collisions
- Failing to devote full attention to driving
- Disregarding traffic signals and signs
- Consumption of alcohol prior to driving a car or motorcycle
What are Some of the Injuries that Occur as a Result of a Motorcycle Accident?
The type of injuries that result from a motorcycle accident are similar to those involved in auto accidents, but are generally more devastating because a biker is not enclosed in a vehicle. The most common injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents include:
- Spinal cord injuries: Because motorcycles lack proper safety restraints such as seatbelts and airbags, severe life-changing injuries often occur, such as damage to the spinal cord.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Although use of a helmet can increase a rider's safety, it is no guarantee of avoiding a traumatic brain injury.
- Death: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that in 2015, the number of deaths on motorcycles was 29 times greater than the number of deaths among those driving and riding in cars.
What Should I Do If I Am Involved In a Motorcycle Accident?
In any accident, it is critical to seek immediate medical care so proper treatment can be administered and your injuries can be documented by an authority. It is also important to collect the other party’s insurance and contact information, as well as take down the names and numbers of any witnesses. Do not admit fault if you are involved in an accident, and call our office for help. Do not speak to any insurance adjusters until you have consulted us. These individuals are not concerned with your best interests, and will use any information they can gather in order to discredit or minimize your claim.
We provide free consultations to determine if you have a case.
Can I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Victims of accidents that have been caused by the negligence of another are entitled to receive compensation for their injuries. However, it is up to the courts to decide if negligence actually contributed to your losses. Therefore, if you believe another party's negligence caused your accident, you should absolutely consult a personal injury attorney who can determine if you have a case. We provide free consultations to determine if you have a case.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Motorcycle Accidents?
Liability for an accident is determined through examination of how the accident happened, and what role each party involved in the accident played in the wreck. Either driver can be held liable, or the accident could be the result of a manufacturing defect in the motorcycle. Your lawyer will look at all possible causes of the motorcycle accident when building your case.
Should I Hire a Lawyer after My Motorcycle Accident?
You can expect that the other motorist will certainly hire an attorney who will attempt to minimize or completely disprove any perceived fault on the part of his or her client. Fighting this opposition can be virtually impossible without legal expertise. Meanwhile, you need someone on your side who can illustrate the full extent of your losses and pursue maximum compensation. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to hire an attorney.
Consult an Attorney
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, let us answer all of your questions. We help victims hurt in accidents obtain the compensation they deserve so they can fully recover from their injuries. To schedule a free consultation at our office or any other location that is convenient for you, contact us online, or call our office at (719) 632-4333.
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