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For some, riding a motorcycle is a thrilling way to get outside and experience the road in a way that just can’t be matched by driving in a car. For others, it might be a fuel-efficient way to get around tight downtown areas. Whatever your reason, the unfortunate reality is that motorcycle riders are at an increased risk for accidents, and these accidents can often be more severe than a typical car accident due to the lack of protection.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN FORT COLLINS
From 2013 to 2017, there were a total of 321 reported crashes involving a motorcycle in the Fort Collins area alone. Those crashes led to a total of seven fatalities, including three in 2017. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, one of your first calls should be to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Fort Collins.
Accident claims are typically very confusing and complex, and your attorney may be able to help clear things up for you. An attorney may inform you of your options moving forward, such as seeking compensation from the party who caused your accident. No two motorcycle accident claims are the same. A good motorcycle accident lawyer will spend enough time with you and the facts of your case to ensure that you don’t bear the burden of your injuries alone.
Injuries after a motorcycle accident can range from relatively minor to catastrophic. A few of the more common injuries include:
Often, during an accident, the motorcycle rider will be tossed from their bike onto the street. If this happens at a high velocity, the victim can be left with severe road rash from sliding across the ground.
Head injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents can be quite severe. Helmets help greatly in protecting the head during a crash, but even with a helmet, head injuries can be very serious and lead to long-lasting problems.
Motorcycles do not offer as much protection as a passenger vehicle, and they also don’t have the benefit of safety features like seatbelts. Thus, the risk of broken bones may be elevated for motorcycle riders as compared to car drivers.
WHAT TO DO WHEN FILING A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM
There is no one-size-fits-all plan of attack when it comes to handling your claim. Your attorney may be able to give you a better idea of what to expect as well as develop an effective strategy in your fight for the compensation that you are entitled to. However, there are a few things that are important for all victims to do after their accident.
1. Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company
Reporting the accident as soon as possible after it occurs is critical. It is important to remember that your insurance policy is essentially a contract between you and your insurance company, and in most contracts, one of these terms is that you report any accidents within a given timeframe. If you fail to do so, then your insurance company may be able to refuse to cover your claim and compensate you for your losses.
2. Avoid Talking with Representatives from the Other Driver’s Insurance Company Until Talking with Your Attorney
Another important point when it comes to dealing with insurance companies, especially the other driver’s insurance companies, is that their goal is to pay you as little as they are legally obligated to. To this end, insurance companies often hire skilled claims adjusters whose aim is to get you to reveal harmful information to help spin things in their favor. It is best to let your attorney handle these negotiations, or at least speak to your attorney before speaking with the insurance company to ensure that you don’t damage your claim through overcommunication or simply saying the wrong thing.
3. Gather Documents
Your attorney may be able to give you a better idea of what documents will be important, but gathering all documents related to the accident is a good place to start. Some of the documents that might become important include police reports, medical records, proof of income, records showing estimates of damage to you vehicle, and any notes or journals you may have kept about how the accident happened and how it might be affecting you.
4. Consult with a Local Attorney
You should contact a local Fort Collins personal injury attorney who has experience handling motorcycle accident claims. A local attorney may know their way around the Fort Collins courts and be familiar with local rules and customs. An attorney may also help you investigate the accident and discover critical evidence. If you need to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit against another driver, you will want to have a Fort Collins motorcycle accident attorney by your side to handle the claim.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIMS
To fully answer all of the questions that you might have about your specific case, it will be important to speak with an experienced Fort Collins accident attorney. However, a few of the more commonly asked questions and their answers are listed here.
What Types of Damages Can I Claim in a Motorcycle Accident?
In any personal injury case, including motorcycle accidents, there are two basic types of damages that a victim can claim—economic and non-economic. Economic damages are measurable, objectively verifiable losses, which can include expenses like medical bills, damage to your bike, or any lost wages from the time that you are unable to work. Non-economic damages include the pain and suffering that you experience as a result of your injuries.
How May Zinda Law Group Prove the Other Driver Is Liable?
Zinda Law Group combines the resources of a larger law firm with the personalized attention of a small firm for our clients. Your attorney may be able to utilize resources like expert witnesses, accident reconstruction, and professional investigators to prove the liability of the other driver. However, we are also to limit the number of cases that our firm takes on so we may give each case the attention that it deserves.
Will a Lawsuit Help Cover Any Medical or Lost Income Expenses?
These sorts of expenses fall into the category of economic damages, which can be recovered in a settlement, or a judgment if your case goes to trial. The exact amount will depend on the costs that you incurred or the money that you lost out on in wages, as well as a determination of who was at fault in your accident.
Can I File a Civil Case Even If There Isn’t a Criminal Case?
The short answer to this question is yes—there is no requirement that a criminal case also be underway for you to be able to file a civil case to recover damages. In certain cases, such as if the other driver in your accident was driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there may be a criminal case associated with your accident, but this is not necessary to seek damages through a civil lawsuit.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents in Larimer County and the State of Colorado?
For every personal injury claim, there is an associated statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the amount of time that you have to file a claim based on a given accident—filing a claim after the statute of limitations has passed means that you’re will likely be dismissed, no matter how clear the fault of the other driver might be. In Colorado, the statute of limitations for auto accidents, including motorcycle accidents, is three years, which means that you have three years from the date of your accident within which to bring a claim.
How Long Can a Motorcycle Accident Case Take to Settle?
Without knowing the details of your specific case, it is difficult to give an estimate of how long your case might take. However, it is important to know that things often move more slowly than some victims might think. Depending on the complexity of a given case, it could be anywhere from a month to close to a year to reach a settlement. If you can’t reach a settlement and must go to trial, then this will extend the proceedings even further.
HOW ZINDA LAW GROUP MAY HANDLE YOUR CASE
Even though motorcycle accidents are a fairly normal occurrence in Fort Collins, the attorneys at Zinda Law Group understand that to an accident victim, their accident and injuries are a huge deal. Your injuries are not just a statistic—they are impacting your life, and you need someone to help you with them. Zinda Law Group may give your case the personal attention that it deserves to take some of the weight off your shoulders and help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Zinda Law Group’s personalized attention doesn’t come at the cost of the resources available to larger firms. Whether it be an accident reconstruction created by an expert using the latest technology, or an expert witness describing the effects of alcohol on the brain, Zinda Law Group may deploy a vast array of tools to aid you in your fight.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call the Fort Collins motorcycle accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
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