In many motorcycle accident cases, the at-fault driver who collided with the motorcyclist can be sued for compensation. However, other parties may also be held liable for damages caused by the accident. For example, other potentially liable parties who can be sued in a motorcycle accident case include the at-fault driver and the motorcycle’s manufacturer.
Depending on the circumstances, you might be able to sue a business owner or corporation if a commercial vehicle was involved in your collision. Alternatively, you might be entitled to seek compensation from a local municipality if a government vehicle was involved. If you were in a motorcycle accident, a personal injury lawyer from our firm can identify the liable party or parties in your accident so that you know who to sue for compensation.
Your Motorcycle Accident Report May Help Identify the At-Fault Party
The Insurance Information Institute (III) suggests filing an accident report after a collision. Additionally, state laws may require the report to be filed within a specified number of days.
When filing an accident claim, your and/or the at-fault party’s insurance company may request a copy of the report to verify your claims. If you were unable to get a copy of the accident report, whether because you were injured or for some other reason, you can retrieve a copy at the local police station that surveys the area where the accident took place. Our legal team may also request a copy because the report might include important details, such as:
- Contact details of the at-fault driver and their insurer
- Contact details and statements from witnesses
- Potential accident causes and contributing factors
Request a copy of your accident report right away and share it with our legal team. We may request additional documents to help build your case.
Our Legal Team Can Assign Values to Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Assigning a financial value to your motorcycle accident injuries can be a difficult process involving a large amount of paperwork. Accumulating the documents that prove the amount of compensation you may be entitled to might require time and attention to detail.
You can work with a lawyer from our firm to determine the value of your motorcycle accident case. You may be able to recover compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical bills
- Motorcycle damage estimates
- The total value of the motorcycle if it was totaled
- Physical disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of wages
Because each motorcycle accident injury victim might have unique expenses that qualify for recovery, your lawyer may help you create a detailed list of damages. Keep a record of any receipts, estimates, or other records that demonstrate the financial aftermath of the accident and share them with our legal team as we build your case.
We Can Help You Build a Case Against the At-Fault Party
While building your case, we may request several documents to help establish the at-fault party’s liability. We also want to build an argument that shows how their negligence affected your life and why you should be compensated for the damages you experienced.
You may receive medical bills in the mail. If so, compile them into a folder and share them with our legal team. We may also request these items as supporting evidence for your case:
- Medical records
- Medical referrals
- Salary history records
- Motorcycle damage estimates
- Proof of motorcycle value
- Injury photos
- Motorcycle damage photos
- Accident scene photos
- Witness statements
- Your own written statement
Unlike medical bills, these documents may not arrive in the mail, and you may have to request them from the appropriate source. Our legal team can help you compile and organize these materials as needed.
One of Our Lawyers Can Help You Negotiate a Settlement
According to the American Bar Association (ABA), your case must prove that the at-fault driver had a responsibility to provide you with reasonable care and that they breached that responsibility. Your case must also establish that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused your injuries and had financial consequences. You can work with our legal team to help you build a case against the at-fault driver or another liable, and one of our lawyers may be able to help you negotiate a financial settlement.
Once you agree to a settlement in writing, it is final and binding, which makes it important to:
- Accurately value your injuries
- Weigh each offer carefully
- Review each offer with your lawyer
Before you accept a settlement offer, consult your legal team to determine whether it is fair. You can also have your lawyer communicate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or attorney on your behalf if you decide to keep negotiating.
Get Financial Compensation with a Lawyer’s Help After a Motorcycle Accident
Were you injured in a motorcycle collision that left you with medical bills and property damage? Find out who can be sued in a motorcycle accident case and what damages can be sought from the at-fault party. Contact the client support team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (337) 777-7777 today to get help fighting for the financial compensation you need.