Important Answers to Motorcycle Accident FAQs
A motorcycle accident can be physically, mentally and financially damaging. Understanding the options for recovery, however, can help injured riders start to pick up the pieces, reclaim their lives and get on the path to compensation and justice.
Q – How do I know if negligence contributed to my motorcycle accident?
A – The single best way to find out if negligence contributed to your motorcycle crash is to contact a Pasadena lawyer at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph for a free, no obligations case evaluation.
That being noted, however, there may be some clear indications that negligence played a role in your accident, with only some of these potentially being another motorist:
- Being issued a traffic ticket after the crash
- Being arrested following the crash
- Apologizing for causing the crash.
Keep in mind, however, that other drivers’ negligence is just one form of negligence that can cause motorcycle accidents. A lawyer can help determine when other forms of negligence may have also been involved, helping accident victims identify – and go after – all negligent parties involved.
Q – How soon do I have to file a motorcycle accident case?
A – California law provides two years for motorcycle accident victims to pursue financial recovery in civil court. This means that these cases have to be filed within two years of the date on which the accident occurred.
Q – How much is my motorcycle accident case worth?
A – It depends on how badly you were injured, how much property damage was involved and the nature of the negligence that caused the accident. While you can receive a case evaluation from one of our attorneys, in general, motorcycle accident cases tend to lead to higher amounts of compensation when:
- The injuries sustained were more severe.
- The injuries will prevent someone from being able to earn a living.
- There was more extensive damage to riders’ motorcycles.
- The negligent parties may be corporate entities (like a trucking company) with a history of negligence contributing to traffic accidents.
Q – I have already been offered a settlement from an insurer. Should I just take it so I can move on?
A – Not before you talk to an attorney to find out if the settlement offer is adequate. The reason that consulting with an attorney is important is that insurance companies:
- Do not necessarily have your best interests in mind
- Commonly make low-ball offers to accident victims in the hopes that injured people don’t know their rights and/or are desperate for payouts.
A lawyer can help you figure out when to turn down inadequate offers so that you are able to obtain the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
Q – Is it really necessary to hire a lawyer to help me with my motorcycle accident case?
A – Yes, if you are serious about the success of your case and maximizing your financial recovery, it is necessary to retain an experienced attorney to oversee your case. With a lawyer on your side, you can be sure that your rights are protected and that you are able to secure the compensation – and justice – you deserve following a motorcycle accident.
Have More Questions? Contact a Pasadena Personal Injury Attorney at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact a Pasadena personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph for more information about your best options for financial recovery.
To schedule a free initial consult with an experienced Pasadena personal injury attorney today, contact us by calling (626) 397-1050 or by emailing us via the contact form on this page.
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