Motorcyclists face a number of safety challenges every time they get on their bike, from lack of visibility due to their small size to maneuverability that allows them to weave through traffic. Motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than car occupants to die in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident as a motorcyclist, pedestrian, or another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. A Boston motorcycle accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC can explain your legal options and represent you both in and out of the courtroom. Call our team today at (800) 924-3113 for a free consultation.
Motorcycle Accident Liability
Motorcycles are smaller than most other vehicles on the road, making them more difficult to see if you are not looking for them. They also offer the rider little physical protection if an accident occurs.
Some motorcyclists are injured due to other drivers, while others are responsible for their own accidents. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Motorcycle error
- Violation of roadway laws
- Operator error (other drivers or the motorcyclist)
- Dangerous road conditions
When you are trying to determine what your legal standing may be in a motorcycle accident, it is important to remember that Massachusetts is a no-fault state. This means that to determine liability in a motorcycle accident case, both the insurance company and any legal representatives will need to work within the fault laws put forward by the state.
According to the Board of Appeal on Motor Vehicle Liability Policies and Bonds, one party must be responsible for more than 50% of the accident that took place to be charged with liability for other drivers’ losses. If the percentage of fault does not meet this threshold, all parties involved in the accident must face responsibility for up to $8,000 of their losses.
A Boston motorcycle accident lawyer can help determine liability and pursue any compensation you may deserve. If you believe your insurance coverage and/or any proposed settlements are insufficient, you must file your complaint within the Massachusetts statute of limitations. According to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 260, Section 2A, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim for compensation. While there are rare exceptions, any attempt to file a claim past this time period will not be addressed.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer serving Boston, call (800) 924-3113
Potential Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
The legal process is complex, and you may be intimidated by the thought of building a case on your own. Fortunately, you do not have to.
A Boston motorcycle accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC can guide you through this process and help determine what avenues for compensation may be available to you. First, we must review the circumstances of your accident. To do so, we will likely gather:
- Police reports from the scene of the accident
- Your medical bills
- Any recommendations for future treatment from doctors
- Photos, video footage, or audio footage from the scene of the accident
- Licensing for all parties involved in the accident
- Insurance claims filed by applicable parties
Your potential compensation after a motorcycle accident may include:
- Past and current medical expenses
- Future medical treatments necessary to restore your previous quality of life
- Physical therapy
- Motorcycle repair or replacement
- Lost wages and opportunities for employment
- Wrongful death and funeral costs
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Settlement vs. Trial
Sometimes, the motorcyclist in question or other parties involved in the accident will offer you a settlement. In these circumstances, a Boston motorcycle accident lawyer can review the proposed settlement and determine if it will address your current and future needs. The challenge often lies in placing a monetary value on non-economic damages, such as emotional distress or pain and suffering. Initial settlement offers are notoriously low and may not provide adequate compensation.
If so, you can work with your lawyer to negotiate for a more comprehensive settlement out of court. If the parties involved cannot agree on a compromise, we can represent you in court at trial. Call the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC today to discuss your legal options.
Protect Your Finances
As you try to recover from your motorcycle accident, you may find yourself facing a litany of fees that you did not expect, from medical bills to repair costs. Any fears you may have about legal fees should not keep you from taking legal action against the parties deemed responsible for your losses.
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC wants to relieve your financial stress, not add to it. Therefore, we work on a contingency fee basis for personal injury cases. When you decide to move forward with your case, you can benefit from our legal services without paying upfront fees or out-of-pocket costs. Instead, you are only charged for services rendered if you receive compensation for your losses. We take our fee directly from your settlement, allowing you to keep the remainder for your other needs.
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Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC Today
If you were in an accident with a motorcyclist, or if you have suffered personal injury or property loss as a motorcyclist, you do not have to face a legal fight alone. A Boston motorcycle accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help explain your options and fight for the compensation you may be entitled to.
To get started, call the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 924-3113.