Motorcyclists are in a unique position when riding on the road. They can enjoy the freedom and exhilaration a motorcycle provides, but they are often the victims of not being seen while also lacking the protection that their driving counterparts enjoy in cars and trucks.
There are many common causes for motorcycle accidents, including:
- Other motorists failing to see the motorcycle
- Inexperienced motorcycle riders
- Motorcycle malfunction
- Under/Over braking
Since a motorcycle does not function nearly the same as a car, and the consequences of a motorcycle accident can be much more serious, an experienced motorcycle attorney may be needed to help you with your case. A motorcycle attorney will be able to explain the differences between normal car accidents or truck accidents and a motorcycle accident.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured in an accident than people in automobiles. Due to the differences between motorcycles, cars, and trucks, and the way that each of them function, placing the liability in a motorcycle accident can be difficult.
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What Makes a Good Case?
Motorcycle accident claims are especially complex and difficult to pursue. The legal proceedings and actions involved in these cases make injured parties shy away from receiving the compensation they deserve. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, never assume you do not have a case. It is important to understand that, if you plan to file a claim against a liable party, you will need know which actions to take to improve your chances of winning the claim.
While nothing is 100 percent perfect, there are things you can do to improve the likelihood that your claim will be successful:
- Securing the right evidence. No claim is successful without evidence. Your case need to be packed full of solid evidence, such as witness statements, police reports, photographs, etc. You must prove the veracity of your claim in order to improve your chances for a successful settlement. Some pieces of evidence can also include medical records and related “damages” to prove that a higher settlement is fair.
- Follow all advised and scheduled medical treatments. The basis of your claim is that you have suffered an injury from the motorcycle accident, but if you do not follow all scheduled and/or advised treatment plans, you could harm your chances of winning your case. A motorcycle accident victim who is truly injured will seek treatment.
- Be wary about what you post on the Internet. You must be careful on social media sites and the internet during your case. Any accident victim who posts unnecessary comments, notes or pictures can compromise the case long before it gains tractions. Posting comments about an insurance company can be especially damaging to your claim.
- Consult with an attorney. Even though you have a strong case, you still need to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney. A claimant can get assistance with the lawsuit from a skilled motorcycle accident attorney. This attorney serves as an advocate, working to receive compensation for past, current and future losses associated with the incident. If you have missed work or have compounding medical bills, your attorney will help you receive compensation for these things.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Don’t let just any attorney represent you if you are involved in a motorcycle accident; it's important to retain a personal injury attorney with extensive experience handling this particular type of incident. At The Law Offices of Kevin J. Roach, LLC. we can assist you with your Missouri or Illinois motorcycle accident claim and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Regardless of what caused the accident, if there is a party liable for your injuries and losses, we want to help. In most cases, accidents involving motorcycles will require long-term treatment and medical care – we will work hard to ensure that each of those treatments will be covered. To get started, schedule a free consultation at 636-519-0085 or fill out our online contact form with your questions.