Motorcycle Accidents FAQ
What should I do if I am injured in a motorcycle accident?
After filing a police report and getting proper medical treatment you should contact your insurance company and let them know about your accident and injuries within seven days from the accident date. You may be entitled to certain accident benefits from your insurance company. Even after receiving accident benefits you may need to file a personal injury tort claim against the at-fault driver to cover your losses. You may have up to two years after the date of your accident to file this type of claim.
What kind of claims can those injured in a motorcycle accident file?
Those injured in a motorcycle accident can file both accident benefits claims or a tort claim. A benefits claim is filed with your own automobile insurer or if you do not have automobile insurance then it is filed with the insurer for the driver of the motorcycle involved. A tort claim is a lawsuit filed against the person who caused the accident. Those who file a tort claim can request damages in the form of costs of medical expenses as well as compensation for physical and psychological injuries. Those hurt in an accident can claim compensation for pain and suffering, loss of income, and rehabilitation expenses as well as housekeeping and home maintenance expenses.
Under what circumstances can the driver of a vehicle be found to be negligent in a motorcycle accident?
The driver of an automobile can be determined to be negligent in a motorcycle accident if he was intoxicated or was driving too fast. Other causes of negligence are distracted driving such as texting while driving and failure to obey traffic signs and signals.
What should I bring with me when I first meet with my lawyer?
If available, your lawyer will need information such as police reports of the collision, medical reports detailing the injuries you and your passenger suffered, photos of the crash scene and vehicle damage, and the names and insurance contact information of all the parties involved.