If you are seeking compensation from an at-fault driver after a motorcycle collision, a motorcycle accident lawyer can deal with the insurance companies for you. This can include everything from preparing and submitting your claim to communicating and negotiating with the insurance companies while you are recovering.
Since those injured in a serious accident can have substantial damages, including catastrophic injuries and costly medical treatments, insurers may try to settle as quickly and as inexpensively as they possibly can. A motorcycle accident attorney from our firm can help you fight against inadequate settlement offers, in addition to providing other services to support your financial recovery.
We Can Help Establish and Prove Negligence
When it comes to a personal injury lawsuit, the claimant will have to prove that the negligent party owed them a duty of care and breached that duty. The claimant will also have to prove that the breach of duty directly caused their accident and injuries and that they have damages such as medical bills.
Not being able to prove negligence with adequate evidence can jeopardize your claim and leave your family with the financial burden. Having a motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm by your side can help with the process of identifying all at-fault parties and proving their negligence and liability.
Drivers can be negligent for a variety of reasons, many of which involve dangerous driving behaviors. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), risky driving can include:
- Drunk or drug-impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
If any of these or similar factors were present at the time of your collision, a motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm can look for evidence of them to support your case. This may involve an independent investigation, witness interviews, and consultations with accident reconstruction specialists.
Calculating Your Damages Accurately
A comprehensive settlement will not simply appear automatically. In order to recover the compensation you need, you will have to provide a complete list of all your damages. You will also need to provide proof, such as receipts, medical statements, and other documents.
However, accident victims who suffered serious injuries may have more than steep medical costs. They may also suffer from debilitating physical pain and emotional distress due to their ordeal. These so-called “non-economic” damages can be challenging to calculate, as they do not have monetary values attached to them.
When reviewing your damages, your attorney can help you account for both your economic and non-economic damages. Overall, you may be able to collect for your:
- Emergency and ongoing medical treatment
- Damaged property
- Loss of income or employment
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Loss of a limb
Determining When a Lawsuit Is Necessary in a Motorcycle Accident Case
Knowing when to file a lawsuit can be crucial for recovering damages in your case. Even after several rounds of negotiations, you may find that you cannot accept the insurance company’s settlement offer. Your attorney from our firm can let you know when it may be time to consider filing a lawsuit instead.
If you wait too long to file a personal injury lawsuit, you may be barred from doing so altogether. According to the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1, claimants generally have two years to file a lawsuit if they suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence.
The clock usually starts ticking on the date of your accident and injuries. Although there are some exceptions, victims may be unable to file suit once the deadline has expired. A motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm knows how to identify the perfect timing for filing your lawsuit and can ensure that you are well within the deadline set by the state of California.
The Attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices Can Fight for Your Compensation
When you work with Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices, a motorcycle accident lawyer can deal with the insurance companies for you, along with all other aspects of your case. We can negotiate and advocate for your best interests so that you don’t have to.
We are not intimidated by the tactics that insurance companies may employ for denying victims their right to recovery, and our team will not shy away from tough and complex claims. Moreover, we will not charge you any upfront attorney’s fees. Our team only gets paid if and when we win your case and you recover damages. Call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices today to find out how our team can help you deal with the insurance company and other parties in your case at (888) 522-6291.