Motorcycle accidents are different from car accidents for a number of reasons, from the severity of the injuries that can be involved to the complexity of the insurance claims process that can follow.
We can investigate the details of your accident and represent your best interests in an insurance claim or lawsuit. We can help you seek a fair settlement to cover your past and future medical costs.
Potential Compensation You Could Receive in Either Accident Claim
When it comes to compensation, motorcycle accidents do not differ much from motor vehicle collisions.
You may be able to receive compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
The more severely your injuries affect your life after an accident, the more compensation you can pursue.
Are Motorcycle Accident Cases More Complicated Than Car Accidents?
Insurance claims can often be trickier than many claimants initially realize, and motorcycle cases are no exception. Insurance companies will often work to reduce the payout they offer to claimants, and they may try to:
- Push you to accept a low settlement soon after the crash
- Ask you to make a recorded statement—and then take your words out of context to lower your settlement
- Claim that you made your own injuries worse
In motorcycle accident cases, you may find that insurance companies will work to challenge your claim even more. They may also:
- Try to deny your claim outright
- Suggest that you were far more responsible for the accident than you actually were
When it comes to insurance claims after a motorcycle accident, motorcyclists can sometimes be automatically deemed the reckless party—regardless of the actual evidence in the case. We can work to demonstrate the actual evidence in your case and work to seek the compensation you may deserve.
Who is at Fault in an Accident Involving a Vehicle and a Motorcycle?
In order to seek compensation for your losses after an accident, we will have to show that the other driver was more at fault for the accident than you were. The fault for an accident depends on demonstrating a driver’s negligence.
In a motorcycle accident case, we will work to prove a driver’s negligence just as we would in any other accident case. We will:
- Investigate your accident for evidence of the other driver’s carelessness or recklessness
- Show how the other driver’s negligent actions led to your accident and injuries
- Demonstrate your resulting losses
Contributory Fault Laws That Affect Motorcycle Cases
In some states, the law allows you to seek compensation even if you were partially at fault for an accident. Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2315.33 notes that you aren’t prevented from seeking compensation after an Ohio accident—as long as your fault wasn’t greater than that of the other party or parties.
- If you were a motorcyclist who was speeding 10 mph over the speed limit but the other driver was driving under the influence, we may be able to show that the other driver was much more at fault.
This means that you may not want to dismiss your opportunity to pursue compensation. We can help you determine how much you could get in an insurance claim or lawsuit.
What are Some of the Unique Factors Involved in Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle riders are more exposed when accidents happen, and this can lead to devastating injuries in the event of a crash. Data from the Insurance Information Institute (III) indicates that motorcycle accidents can often be more serious than those involving passenger vehicles, as motorcyclists are far more likely to be injured or even fatally injured in an accident.
Some of the common factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents include:
- Alcohol use
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also notes that motorcyclist visibility can be a major issue that leads to accidents, as a vehicle driver’s inattention can easily lead to a crash.
A Lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC Can Help You Seek Compensation
When it comes to seeking the fair value of your claim, we can fight to ensure that you seek every possible dollar available to you.
- Determine the value of your case, considering your past medical expenses and what you may have to pay for in the future
- Negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf
- Take your case to court if they refuse to offer a fair settlement
- Prepare compelling evidence, using expert testimony if needed
- Ensure your case complies with the statute of limitations, per Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10
Our Attorneys are Available 24/7 to Help You with Your Claim
When you call someone from our team, we can answer any of your questions about how your motorcycle accident case may be different from a car accident. You can also ask us:
- What your case could be worth
- How to maximize your chances of a fair settlement or award
- How we can prove fault in your case
Call us today after your motorcycle accident and tell us more about your situation. We are proud to serve accident victims in Columbus and across Ohio.