In the vast majority—approximately two thirds—of multiple-vehicle motorcycle accidents, the accident was caused by the vehicle driver violating the motorcycle driver’s right-of-way, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data.
Identifying the main reason for motorcycle accidents and the cause of the accident you were involved in may help you prove your potential right to financial compensation. Understanding the cause of the accident might also prove helpful to your mental and emotional wellbeing.
On your own, proving and preparing a potential compensation lawsuit might be a time-consuming and involved process. Your legal team may help you compile evidence, find the accident’s cause, assign liability, define your recoverable damages, and negotiate a financial settlement.
Proving the Reason for Your Motorcycle Accident
When you are involved in a motorcycle collision, your legal team may request a copy of your crash report. It will provide basic yet crucial details that help them start preparing your personal injury lawsuit. Those details may include contact information for the at-fault driver and their insurance company. These basic details tell your team where to assign fault for the accident and from whom to seek financial restitution.
Your crash report may also contain additional important details that point to the cause of the accident. It may provide insight into:
- Any tickets issued to the at-fault driver
- Alcohol or drug involvement
- Primary and secondary crash factors
- Accident diagrams and narratives
- The severity of apparent injuries
- Potential driver distractions
- Witness observations
Provide your lawyer with a copy of your crash report to be included in your case file. Provide it to your legal team as soon as it is filed, processed, and available for pick-up. In some cases, your legal team might be able to procure your crash report on your behalf.
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Build a Complete Case
Your legal team may help you build a case that supports your right to compensation, starting with your crash report. Your lawyer will prove the cause of your motorcycle collision and comply with your statute of limitations.
Your legal team may also request a variety of additional documents that complete your case file, including copies of your:
- Medical records and bills
- Job and salary history
- Witness statements
- Injury-related photos
- Accident scene photos
- Motorcycle repair estimates
- Motorcycle value estimates
These collected items may help your legal team prove the cause of your accident, the extent of your injuries, and the subsequent costs of the collision. While building your case file, your lawyer may also track your current and future medical needs and ensure they file your personal injury lawsuit on time.
Keep Track of Your Injuries and Costs
According to NHTSA research from 2017, 89,000 motorcyclists were hurt in accidents, and an additional 5,172 were fatally injured.
If you or someone you love was injured, your medical records might help your lawyer prove the severity of your injuries and the expenses associated with your injury treatment plan. Some commonly reported motorcycle accidents injuries include:
- Spine injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
Motorcycle accident victims might also suffer from moderate to severe friction burns. Sometimes called road rash, friction burns are caused by the motorcycle victim’s skin rubbing or scraping the pavement during the collision, according to MedlinePlus research. Road rash can be painful and involve significant recovery times.
Resolving a Motorcycle Accident without Going to Court
After determining your lawsuit’s financial value, your lawyer may present your case file to the insurance representative for the at-fault driver. They may use this evidence and proof of the at-fault driver’s negligence to negotiate a financial settlement on your behalf.
Your lawyer can help you determine if the settlement offer you receive is fair. A financial settlement may allow you to receive the monetary compensation you are entitled to due to negligence without enduring the time and expense of a lengthy court case.
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Seek Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
When a vehicle driver fails to spot your motorcycle or does not otherwise yield the right of way, you might have the basis of a personal injury lawsuit. By filing a lawsuit, you may recover from much of the financial aftermath of the accident.
When you are ready to pursue the vehicle driver who caused your motorcycle accident, our team is ready to help you take appropriate action. We may be able to use the information we gather to prove the main reason for motorcycle accidents, the cause of your motorcycle accident, and your right to financial compensation due to negligence. Contact the personal injury team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (504) 777-7777 today.