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Some of the top misconceptions that people have in motorcycle accidents is that they have to wear a helmet in order to get a recovery, which is not true whatsoever. The other thing is that if they’ve been riding a motorcycle and they’ve been cited with the accident, they think that they cannot get a recovery, which again is something that as a general rule is not true.
What are People’s Top Concerns in a Motorcycle Accident Case?
Some of the things that people are worried about when they have had motorcycle accidents are:
- Are they going to be able to get medical care and who is going to pay for it?
- Are they going to get paid when they are not working?
- When they recover, if they are unable to do the kind of work that they did before, what can they do?
The answer to all of those questions will be answered when you have your free consultation. We will talk about what your best options are and usually we can help alleviate the things that you’re thinking and feeling and help you get on the right track for medical care, help get your medical bills paid and ultimately if you’re unable to return to the kind of work that you did before, we can help you get a recovery which will reflect that.
What are Some Unintentional Mistakes that can Hamper a Favorable Resolution in a Case?
Some of the things that motorcyclists do unintentionally when they have an accident that could hurt their case is they talk to the insurance company and give a recorded statement or a written statement as to exactly what happened. This can hurt you because there are certain facts that might have to be included in that statement that you may forget to tell.
In addition to that, sometimes the insurance companies ask you to sign a form that’s called a general release. In addition, they might offer you a couple of hundred dollars to settle your claim and sometimes people unknowingly sign these forms and when that happens, they no longer have any rights whatsoever to go back and ask for any additional funds, no matter what’s wrong with them. Those are two things that come up time and time again that can really hurt someone when they have an accident.
How Long do Motorcycle Accident Cases Typically Take to Resolve?
Motorcycle cases vary in the length of time that it takes to resolve. Sometimes, there are some cases that can literally resolve within a few days, and other times it can take months, and other times it can take a year or so. It all depends on several factors;
- What are your injuries?
- How much insurance coverage the other side has?
- How long it takes you to heal and what are the results after you heal?
These are all things that go into an evaluation as to how quickly a case can ultimately settle.
Is it Easy to Win a Motorcycle Accident Case or Not?
These claims are always battles. The insurance company, as a general rule, works for their insured and they don’t work for you when you get hurt, they work for the party that caused the accident. Their primary goal is to ultimately settle the claim for as little as possible. Your primary goal is to get as much money as you possibly can, so you have two opposing goals. This is why most people hire lawyers to help with those battles and to help navigate through a system where there are various laws that could affect your claim and could affect your recovery.
Are Courts Generally Biased Against Motorcyclists?
I don’t think that it really matters whether you’re a motorcyclist that travels just on the weekends versus 7 days a week. The reality is that whether you’re a part time motorcyclist or a full time motorcyclist or you ride a motorcycle once in a blue moon, the law is the law.
The mere fact is that when you are on the roadway and you are riding a motorcycle, you are entitled to the same degree of safety, the same degree of care as somebody who is riding a bicycle or somebody who is walking. You’re entitled to be safe as much as you possibly can as long as you’re following the rules of the road. As long as you are doing that, you should not be treated any differently than a car driver, a truck driver, a cyclist, or anyone else for that matter.
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