Motorcycle accidents, similar to those involving cyclists and pedestrians, can be more dangerous and produce more fatalities because of the lack of coverage and protection the vehicle provides. A helmet or motorcycle jacket can only provide so much coverage if you’re being flung from your vehicle onto an open road. For this reason, the motorcycle rider will typically sustain many more injuries than the person who was driving the car and caused the wreck.
Car drivers often overlook their blind spots or drive while distracted and then don’t see a person riding their motorcycle as a result; this is the exact kind of reckless behavior that causes serious accidents. Although riders should always take a reasonable amount of caution themselves while on their bike, many circumstances are out of their control in these situations.
Proving Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident
Most motorcyclists are not the ones who caused the accident and they typically share little fault compared to the vehicle with which they crashed. However, in personal injury cases, it is up to the injured party to prove the other party was at fault in the accident. While this often comes down to the investigating officer's opinion and which party they ticketed, it's not always the case. It's always helpful to document things if you can through photos or witness statements.
Finding a Qualified Lawyer to Handle Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
If you file a claim on your own, you could be missing crucial pieces of evidence that could help you recover more money. After you’ve been in your accident, the next step is to quickly hire an experienced attorney who is well-versed in personal injury law. The statute of limitations, or time period in which you’re allowed to make a claim, on personal injury cases such as your accident is three years in Colorado. Although that may sound like a long time now, the legal process is lengthy and it’s best to get started as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one have been in a serious motorcycle accident, you’ll need legal representation as soon as possible. Call Attorney Ed Smith, who will help determine all negligent parties involved and fight for the compensation you deserve. Ed has more than 20 years of experience in personal injury law, has worked for insurance companies before, and has recovered millions in damages for his clients over the years.