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Know Your Rights When You Ride
If You Are Seriously Injured in a Motorcycle Accident, Seek the Advice of A Competent Lawyer/Biker Immediately.Tragically, motorcycle accidents often cause serious and permanently disabling injuries to the biker. Serious injuries usually result in extreme emotional and financial hardship on the injury victim as well as their family. Therefore, if you or someone you know is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you should seek the advice of a competent lawyer knowledgeable in motorcycle issues as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. Justice is not automatic.
You can be sure that the big insurance companies will have claims adjusters, private investigators and attorneys investigating the facts and preparing a defense in any serious injury accident for which they have significant liability exposure. If you do not have an attorney doing likewise, you will be significantly disadvantaged when you make your claims against the responsible parties.
Protecting your legal rights against the responsible parties starts with properly investigating the accident to preserve the evidence before valuable information is lost, covered up or destroyed.. The investigation should include taking pictures and video of the entire accident scene as soon as possible after the accident. This includes taking pictures of any obstructions in the motorists' line of sight to traffic, pictures of any ongoing road construction or other road hazards, as well as video to document timing of the traffic light pattern (if an intersection collision is at issue). The damage to the motorcycle and all other vehicles involved in the accident should also be photographed (and possibly inspected by a crash reconstruction expert) before everything is sold at auction or otherwise unobtainable. Further, witnesses should be interviewed before they forget the precise details of what they saw. Lastly, the nature and extent of the physical injuries suffered by the victims (as well as medical treatments) must be adequately documented. A proper investigation greatly increases the credibility of your case when the appropriate and timely claims are made against the responsible parties (and all available insurance policies), and, if necessary, when a lawsuit is timely filed.
Your attorney's investigation is not instead of the police investigation, rather, it is in addition to the police investigation. The Police are primarily involved with investigating the underlying facts involved in the accident. Your attorney should conduct a careful investigation and analysis of not only the underlying facts, but also guide you through the steps necessary to protect your legal rights against the responsible parties.
When an appropriate case is handled properly, a lawsuit may be filed seeking compensation for property damage, past and future medical expenses, past and future physical impairment, past and future physical disfigurement, past lost wages and future loss of earning potential, past and future physical pain and suffering, past and future mental anguish, past and future loss of consortium and other damages.
When serious injuries result in death, the decedent's family is devastated emotionally as well as financially. When the death is caused by the negligence of another, the law allows wrongful death and survivor lawsuits to compensate the surviving husband or wife, children and parents (and in some instances the beneficiaries under a will). Although monetary damages cannot replace the life of a family member, such compensation is, in many cases, the only way to provide for the financial future of the surviving family members.
Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, L.L.P. accepts serious personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingent fee basis. Therefore, we pay all case expenses up front and do not require our clients to repay us, unless the case results in settlement or verdict. If the case does not result in settlement or verdict (if we lose), you do not owe us anything. For a complete explanation of this firm's attorneys' fees in a contingent fee case, please see "Fee Policies" under the "About Us" section on this site.
Why Should You Want a Lawyer/Biker to Represent You in a Motorcycle Accident Case?
I know motorcycles from actual experience. I also know what its like to have a car make the "dreaded left turn" directly in front of me. If you come to me for representation, I will understand your anger and frustration, I will not second guess your decision to ride a motorcycle, and I will not ask you any stupid questions like "why didn't you slam on your brakes in that turn," or "what does counter steering mean."
I know motorcycles from more than 45 years of riding experience, I will understand what you are saying when you tell me the facts of your accident, and, if I accept your case, I will aggressively protect your legal rights and zealously pursue all appropriate remedies at law against the parties responsible for your injuries.
You want your lawyer to understand the physics and principles of riding a motorcycle, understand the handling characteristics of different classes of motorcycles, as well as fully appreciate the problems and dangers caused by inattentive people driving cars; not from having read a magazine article, but from many years of actual riding experience!