Baton Rouge Motorcycle Crash Lawyer
RECOVERING COMPENSATION FOR INJURED BIKERS
Motorcyclists are significantly more likely to be seriously injured or killed in traffic accidents compared to occupants in other vehicles. Tragically, many motorcycle accidents are preventable, caused by negligence or wrongdoing. If you are injured in a motorcycle crash, you need to speak to an attorney.
At Walter R. Krousel Jr. & Associates, APLC, we are experienced lawyers that know what it takes to win. Our legal team will fiercely advocate for you and your family. We proudly serve injured bikers throughout Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact our office at 225-263-6194 to schedule a professional consultation.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS EACH YEAR?
Thousands of people are killed in motorcycle crashes each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over 5,000 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents in a single year. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to serious injury or death since they have little to no protection on the road.
NHTSA estimates that bikers are 28x more likely to die in motor vehicle accidents compared to passenger car occupants. They are also 4x more likely to be injured. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to protect your rights. Speaking to an attorney as early in the process as possible can help you to understand your rights and responsibilities after a collision.
WHAT ARE THE LEADING MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES?
Motorcycle accident injuries are generally severe, requiring extensive treatment and recovery. Because bikers are completely exposed, even a low-speed collision can prove catastrophic.
Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Road rash
- Broken bones and fractures
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord damage
- Burn injuries
Being hurt in a motorcycle accident can be a traumatic and frustrating experience. It may be even harder if another party causes the collision. However, holding negligent motorists accountable for their wrongdoing can be hard without the help of a lawyer.
WHY DO MOTORCYCLE CRASHES HAPPEN?
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by any number of factors, but many are the result of other motorists simply not paying enough attention. Whether the motorist makes an unsafe lane change or fails to yield the right of way, the results can be devastating.
Frequent causes of motorcycle crashes:
- Road rage
- Driver inattention
- Poor road conditions
- Driving under the influence
- Improper lane change
In the immediate aftermath of the collision, it may be challenging to determine who was at fault for the accident. It is important to talk to a lawyer who represents you before you talk to an adjuster who represents the insurance company.
HOW TO OBTAIN A FULL AND FAIR SETTLEMENT
One of the main questions that most people have about a motorcycle crash is how to obtain a full and fair settlement. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely want to pay you the full value of what your case is worth. Many times they attempt to downplay injuries or place blame on an injured biker.
A motorcycle accident lawyer can help ensure that you do not end up settling for less than your case is worth. It is vital to remember that once you sign a release of liability or accept a settlement, you likely will not be able to recover additional damages. It is in your best interest to speak directly with an attorney about your case before signing anything or making a statement to the insurance adjuster.
In addition to retaining an attorney, you need to make sure that you go to a doctor as soon as possible after the accident. Failing to seek medical attention can directly impact your case. An insurance adjuster may see a delay in treatment as proof that you are not seriously injured.
WHAT KINDS OF DAMAGES ARE AVAILABLE IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASE?
No two motorcycle accident cases are exactly the same; therefore, damages can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the case. However, injured bikers should always try to recover all of their accident-related losses as early as possible.
Damages in a motorcycle crash claim may include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of quality of life resulting from disability or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Future care and treatment
- Property damage
To determine the value of your motorcycle accident claim, you need to speak to an attorney. Injured bikers often have extensive harm requiring years of treatment and care. Without the help of an attorney, you might not receive compensation to cover all of your medical bills and treatment.