Motorcycle Accident Injury Representation for Riders, by Riders
Practicing Personal Injury in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Georgia
Many personal injury attorneys say they represent victims of motorcycle accidents. But ask them: Do they also ride? Every attorney at the Motorcycle Law Group does.
The motorcycle is unlike other four-wheeled vehicles, requiring skilled and vigilant rider coordination to operate – particularly in a crash scenario. Our success rate for favorable settlements and jury outcomes is thanks to our deep and broad knowledge of motorcycle physics, motorcycle and traffic laws, and an understanding of how bikes are operated with the hands, feet, and mind. Most importantly, we have a passion for the motorcycling lifestyle and can effectively and sincerely communicate to the jury, judge, and insurance companies the reasons we ride and the laws that guide our community.
Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction
For your motorcycle case, our attorneys may work with accident reconstruction experts who specialize in motorcycle physics and are able to piece together how the accident unfolded based on evidence, vehicle damage, and witness testimony. Reconstruction is particularly critical for motorcycle cases in which downed riders are unable to speak for themselves due to being taken away from the scene in an ambulance – leaving less-injured car or truck drivers at the scene with their word of how events unfolded. Many of our clients are often cited with contributing to a collision, but in many instances, we are able to prove otherwise: the rider is innocent, not at fault, and did everything in his or her power to avoid the accident.
The Difficulties of Disputed Fault in Motorcycle Accident Injury Cases
This unclear liability has another unfortunate side effect for riders; when fault is in question the insurance company and their client are much more likely to take a case to trial. In an ideal world you can avoid court by gathering evidence and negotiating with the insurance company with facts and hard realities.
Facts aren’t the only things that matter in motorcycle injury cases, and insurance companies are less concerned with doing the right thing than they are minimizing the claim payments they make to injured riders.
Why would they settle for a fair amount when they control the narrative?
Insurance companies also know that juries are, in most cases, unfavorable to motorcyclists due to the unjustified biases held against many riders. They know that if you don’t settle for a lot less than you deserve and choose instead to take your case to trial you will likely be facing an unfriendly jury with all kinds of negative preconceptions about “reckless outlaw bikers.”
There are many good car accident and truck accident attorneys out there, but when it comes to changing the hearts and minds of a judge and jury, a regular accident lawyer may not be able to do it quite like a fellow motorcyclist. We know how to humanize you based on our own experiences.
Policy Limits Often Work Against Motorcyclists in Catastrophic Injury Motorcycle Accidents
In some scenarios it is actually preferable for a rider to take their case to court, especially if the policy limits of the responsible driver are far below what you deserve. In catastrophic injury accidents, which motorcycle accidents often are, your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering could far exceed the other driver’s $25,000 or $30,000 bodily injury limit. In that scenario the only way for you to recover funds in excess of that limit will be to take the case to a jury trial.
Seven Helpful Tips for Riders if They’re Involved in a Motorcycle Accident
- If possible (which it often isn’t), give your version of events to law enforcement for the accident report
- Avoid talking to other people at the accident scene unless absolutely necessary, and never apologize or admit fault to the other driver
- Get medical attention right away – this isn’t a scenario where you want to tough it out – your medical records will be important evidence
- Don’t get your bike repaired until your motorcycle lawyer can properly document all the damages – we may even have an accident reconstruction expert examine the damage
- If you’re still standing after your accident do your own documenting of the crash scene and take pictures of the other vehicle’s damage if possible
- You’ll likely have to pay a lot of accident-related expenses out of pocket before your settlement – keep all your receipts so we can calculate accurate damages
- Don’t talk about your accident on social media and don’t post any pictures or say anything that could call into question the severity of your injuries
Schedule a FREE Consultation with Motorcycle Attorneys Who Understand What You’re Going Through
Contact one of our motorcycle accident lawyers and let us fight for you.