Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle accidents can have devastating and lasting consequences. Expensive medical bills or the loss of a loved one can turn your life upside down.
The motorcycle accident lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC are familiar with the unique challenges that come with being injured or losing a loved in this type of accident. With 40 years of experience, we have handled cases throughout the country and have the resources to take on even the most complicated cases. To learn more about your legal options and how we can help you, do not hesitate to contact our team today. There is no obligation to hire our firm, but if you do, you will pay nothing unless you recover compensation.
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Why Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Although a motorcycle accident may seem straightforward at first, the aftermath of an accident can become complicated quickly. Recovering compensation from an insurance company can be difficult, especially if your state does not allow motorcyclists to carry personal injury protection insurance.
Even if you are able to file a claim with your insurance or the at-fault party’s insurance, the adjuster will likely attempt to place blame on you for the accident and attempt to diminish the amount of compensation you are offered.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers can explain your options for pursuing compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. You should contact us immediately after the accident so we can begin to investigate the accident and gather evidence to support your claim. We will do this by:
- Interviewing witnesses
- Gathering police and accident reports
- Documenting the scene of the accident with photographs
- Investigating the other motorist’s driving history
- Analyzing your medical records with the help of experts to identify the full extent of your injuries and the impact they will have on your future
- Reconstructing the accident to determine exactly what happened
- Communicating with the insurance company on your behalf
Hiring a reputable lawyer after an accident can help ensure your rights are protected and that you are getting the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC?
Under the guidance of our Litigation Principal Kenneth Suggs, LLC, our motorcycle accident lawyers have the skills and knowledge to handle these types of cases. Mr. Suggs has held many leadership positions in numerous educational and legal advocacy organizations, including serving on the American Board of Trial Advocates and as a former president of the American Association for Justice. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® for more than 25 years.
Our firm has locations in several states, including Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and South Carolina. However, we are able to practice in most states and accept cases nationwide. Our vast national reach and resources enable us to take on even the most complicated cases.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 27 times more often than fatalities involving other vehicles. All motorists on the road have a duty to share the road and remain alert for motorcyclists.
Unfortunately, this does not always occur and accidents happen. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Turning without looking for a motorcyclist
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Texting and driving
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Defective products
- Hazards in the road
When another driver is negligent on the road and causes an accident, he or she can be held liable for the resulting damages. Through a free, no obligation consultation with our motorcycle accident lawyers, we will carefully review the details of your claim in order to determine exactly what happened and who should be held liable. From there, we can advise you of your legal options and the type of claim you should file.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Claims
Just as there are many causes of motorcycle accidents, there are also a number of claims that can be filed based on the circumstances of your accident.
If you are able to file a claim with your own insurance company, our attorneys will handle all of the details of your claim and negotiations with the adjuster. If you were not at fault for the accident and your insurance company will not cover the accident, we can help you file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
In both situations, our motorcycle accident lawyers will work directly with the insurance company on your behalf in order to negotiate a settlement that covers the full costs of your damages. If negotiations are not successful or if the insurance company refuses to offer the full amount you are owed, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
Based on the theory of negligence, our attorneys may be able to file a lawsuit on your behalf if we can prove that the at-fault party was negligent and caused your injuries. We will conduct an investigation into the accident to gather evidence to prove the elements of negligence:
- The other driver owed you a duty of care to act with reasonable care, follow the rules of the road and not cause you harm.
- The other driver failed in this obligation and acted in a way that others would not have under similar circumstances. Examples of failing to exercise a reasonable standard of care include driving under the influence or running a red light.
- The driver’s actions were a direct cause of your injuries or the death of a loved one.
When determining who is liable for an accident and the amount of damages that will be awarded in a case, many states take the victim’s actions into account. In comparative negligence states, a victim’s compensation will be decreased by the percentage of fault that person had in causing their accident. If the victim is found to be ten percent at fault, his or her damages will be reduced from the original amount requested by ten percent.
In contributory negligence states, a victim will be barred from recovering any compensation if it can be proven that he or she was even one percent at fault for causing his or her injuries.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers have tried and won cases in both types of states and know what it takes to build a strong case on your behalf.
In some cases, a defective part, whether on your motorcycle or the other driver’s vehicle, could cause an accident. If this occurs, our product liability lawyers may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer of the part to recover compensation for your injuries. These types of accidents require an in-depth investigation to determine and prove if the part was defective before the accident and that the defect was a direct cause of the accident.
Because they only have two wheels, motorcycles are especially susceptible to roads that are poorly designed or maintained. This can include steep embankments, uneven lanes, improper signage or traffic control, or improperly placed or defective barriers. If your accident was caused by a road defect, it may be possible to hold the government entity that is responsible for the road liable for your injuries.
Similarly, if your accident was caused by a government driver in a government-issued vehicle, you may be able to bring a claim against the worker’s employer.
By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, we can help you recover compensation associated with losing a loved one, such as funeral and burial costs, lost income, lost companionship or other forms of support offered by the deceased, and more.
The attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC are experienced in handling all of these types of cases and will be able to help you determine which type of claim is best for your situation.
Time Limitations for Filing a Claim
Each state has different statutes of limitations for each type of case listed above. These limits can range from a few months to notify the government of your intent to bring a claim to three years to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you miss these strict deadlines, you will forfeit your chance of bringing a lawsuit and recovering compensation.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers are familiar with the laws that are specific to your case and your state and can advise you of how best to handle your claim. However, you must contact us immediately so you do not miss your opportunity to bring a claim and so we can begin investigating your accident.
Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve
At Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC, our motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to fighting for the justice and compensation you deserve. While every case is different, it may be possible to recover a variety of forms of compensation for your claim, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of future earning capacity
Our attorneys have a strong record of success in recovering favorable verdicts and settlements that are necessary for our clients to put their lives back together after an accident. We understand the challenges you are facing and will do everything we can to help you get the compensation you need.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident, contact our motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free, no-obligation consultation. There is no risk for you.
We work on a contingency fee basis and front all of the costs associated with investigating your accident, building your case and filing your lawsuit. We charge no upfront fees and you will not owe us any payment unless we recover a verdict or settlement on your behalf.