If you were in a minor accident but developed injuries later on, you might want to consider hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm if your injuries led to more damages. Should you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer for a minor accident, our legal team can help explain what litigation options you have, which might involve filing a lawsuit or insurance claim.
Why Hire a Lawyer?
Our legal team can help connect your injuries to the motorcycle accident so that you can potentially receive compensation for your damages. We can also advise you to:
- Obtain a copy of the motorcycle accident report
- Follow your medical treatment plan and attend doctor’s appointments to monitor your health and recovery
- File a claim or lawsuit to pursue compensation from the liable party or parties
Our personal injury team can also help you collect evidence to support your claims about the motorcycle accident.
A Lawyer from Our Firm Can Help You Determine the Value of Your Case
Before pursuing compensation, you must understand its financial value. That means calculating your monetary expenses and losses related to your injuries. A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you define the value of the following recoverable damages:
- Medical expenses to date and anticipated expenses
- Income loss to date and anticipated losses
- Motorcycle damage or total destruction
- Mental and emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
Wrongful Death Damages
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), motorcycle occupants are 27 times more likely to sustain fatal injuries in a collision when compared to vehicle occupants. If your family lost a loved one in a motorcycle collision, you might also be entitled to recover other damages, such as:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of financial support from your loved one
Our Firm Can Negotiate a Settlement for Your Case
In the aftermath of a car accident, your lawyer can guide you through the process of negotiating with the at-fault driver or their insurance company. On your behalf, your lawyer can:
- Prove the insured driver was at fault for the accident
- Assign a monetary value to your lawsuit
- Appeal a denied insurance claim
- Represent you in court if a settlement cannot be reached
You do not have to navigate the many steps involved in settling a motorcycle accident lawsuit without assistance. A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you build your case and fight for compensation on your behalf.
An Attorney Can Help You Prove the Accident’s Cause
After a motorcycle collision, you should call the police to the accident scene to report the accident and ensure anyone who was injured in the collision gets emergency medical assistance. The resulting accident report may include valuable information, including:
- Witness observations
- Important contact details
- Potential accident causes
- Road and weather conditions
- Accident scene notes and diagrams
In addition to your motorcycle accident report, your lawyer can help you collect other evidence to support your claims about what kinds of damages you suffered, such as your medical records, proof of income, and property repair bills.
Our Legal Team Can Inform You About Relevant Laws to Your Case
Personal injury cases must abide by state laws, which can affect a plaintiff’s right to receive compensation and how much.
The Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations tells you how much time you have to file your lawsuit. One of our lawyers can help you file your lawsuit on time by looking at the motorcycle accident report and using the crash date as a guideline for when your case is due.
You want to pay attention to this deadline because failing to file your lawsuit on time may prevent you from seeking compensation.
The other driver might try to assign fault to you for the accident in hopes of reducing the compensation they might have to pay or absolving themselves of liability entirely. Certain states follow a comparative fault rule, which dictates that plaintiffs who are found partially at fault for the accident that harmed them may still receive compensation but at a reduced amount, per the Legal Information Institute (LII). If you are found partially negligent, you would be assigned a percentage of fault, and that percentage would be taken out of any compensation award you win.
Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today for a Minor Accident
Were you involved in a minor motorcycle accident? If so, you may be entitled to be compensated for financial expenses and losses even if the accident was minor. In addition, an accident that initially seemed minor might have caused more extensive physical and property damage than was immediately apparent.
In either case, the at-fault driver may still be held responsible for the financial consequences of the accident. Contact the personal injury team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (337) 777-7777 and get a free consultation with our team.