If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle in Lafayette, a civil lawsuit could help you recover the monetary compensation you deserve. Pursuing legal action against the at-fault party could lead to damages for your medical bills, physical suffering, and other losses related to the crash.
With the help of Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., you may be able to recover compensation that could ease the financial strain that comes with these serious injuries. Let a lawyer from our office assist you with your motorcycle accident case.
Investigating a Motorcycle Accident
When you hire a lawyer from our firm to take on your Lafayette motorcycle accident case, the first step your legal counsel will take is to investigate the cause of the accident. Your attorney will look for evidence that shows that another party’s negligence caused the accident. While that at-fault party is typically the other motorist, it could also be a vehicle manufacturer, pedestrian, or even government entity.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), as many as 100,000 Americans are injured in motorcycle accidents each year. Our attorney must understand how your accident occurred before they can build a strong claim for compensation. Some of the factors that frequently lead to liability in motorcycle accidents include:
- Drunken Driving. Intoxicated motorists are a common cause of motorcycle accidents. These drivers often are too intoxicated to notice the motorcycles they share the road with.
- Malfunctioning Vehicles. Some accidents occur due to a defective part or system. This is true not only of the other vehicle involved in the crash but of motorcycles as well. When this happens, it is possible to pursue a civil lawsuit against the manufacturer.
- Left-Hand Turns. One of the most common circumstances where motorcycle accidents happen involves left-hand turns. Drivers frequently fail to notice oncoming motorcycles when they are turning left across traffic.
Developing a Theory of Liability
To successfully recover a monetary award following a motorcycle accident, you must prove that another party was responsible for the accident. This means establishing that the at-fault party was negligent in causing the crash. There are four elements to establishing negligence following a motorcycle accident: duty, breach, causation, and damages.
- Duty of Care. Step one in demonstrating negligence requires that you prove the defendant owed you a duty of care. This is often fairly simple in motorcycle accidents, as every motorist owes one another a duty to drive in a safe manner. If you collided with another driver, that individual owed you a duty of care.
- Breach. The second step in the process requires that you establish the defendant breached the duty of care that they owed to you. A breach can happen in multiple ways. In general, it occurs when another party injures you through their carelessness, recklessness, or intentional acts. Examples of a breach could include causing an accident after running a red light or failing to yield the right of way.
- Causation. There must be a link between the breached duty of care and the injuries you suffer in a motorcycle accident. Any injuries you sustain that are not directly linked to the actions of the defendant will not result in monetary compensation.
- Damages. Finally, it is your duty to demonstrate that you suffered measurable damages due to the motorcycle accident. These damages could come in the form of your “pain and suffering”, your medical bills, or your lost income.
A successful case requires that you prove each of these elements. Failing to establish even one of them will cause you to miss out on any possible compensation for your injuries.
We Don’t Get Paid Until You Get Paid
Given this financial strain of your motorcycle injuries, it is understandable if the thought of hiring an attorney to handle your personal injury claim might sound outside of your budget. Our firm understands this strain, which is why we never seek up-front legal fees from our personal injury clients. If you do not get paid, we do not get paid.
Our firm relies on a fee structure known as a contingency fee. We collect our feel from a portion of any money that we bring in on your injury claim. This works out the best for you as you will never owe us a fee in your case unless we are successful in recovering compensation for your injuries.
We set our contingency fee at the beginning of the case, and the percentage we keep as our fee will never change. This means you will never pay out of pocket for legal representation, and you will never receive a surprise bill in the mail for unexpected legal fees.
Talk to Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. About Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, a civil lawsuit could represent your best opportunity to recover the compensation you need. However, our firm will work tirelessly to seek a fair settlement long before a lawsuit becomes necessary.
Call (317) 636-7777 for a free case review with one of our team members, and to learn about how a motorcycle accident lawyer with the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C can help.