If you are a rider who has been injured in a crash, you probably have questions. This motorcycle accident FAQ from the Green Law Firm, P.C. has answer.
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports over 8.5 million motorcycles on the road in 2012. The popularity of the past time has increased dramatically over recent years, attracting all kinds of new motorcycle enthusiasts.
By their very nature, motorcycles are far less stable and crashworthy than passenger vehicles. Additionally, they are less visible to other motorists and pedestrians, and are therefore more prone to being involved in accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1,222,000 persons were treated in U.S. emergency departments for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries between 2001 and 2008.
Q: What should I do if I am involved in a motorcycle accident?
A: In order to preserve your rights, do not admit to any fault or sign anything. Take photographs of any injuries or damage to your motorcycle, and keep copies of all medical records, bills, or any related expenses.
Q: Is an investigation of my motorcycle accident case important?
A: Yes. Because the insurance company will always try to prove that the motorcyclist was somehow at fault in order to diminish the value of the motorcyclist’s claim, a prompt investigation is essential.
Q: Who is responsible for injuries or death to motorcycle operators and passengers?
A: Anyone who was at fault in contributing to the cause of the crash could be held responsible. Typically, in cases involving injury it is the driver of the vehicle who is found to be at fault. If the motorcycle operator is at fault, he could be liable for injuries caused to his passenger.
Q: If I don’t have insurance on my motorcycle can I still sue the driver who hit me?
A: Yes. Lack of insurance does not prevent you from filing a claim against the driver who was at fault and caused your injury.
Q: How long do I have to file my motorcycle accident injury case?
A: In Colorado, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. Different statutes may apply to cases involving a fatality. If you don’t file a claim before the deadline, you could lose your right to sue and recover any money damages. Consulting an attorney promptly after your accident will ensure you don’t miss your deadline.
Q: Should I hire an attorney if I am involved in a motorcycle accident?
A: It is important to have a powerful advocate such as an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to make sure you are treated fairly by the insurance company, to properly document your injuries, and to take charge of the accident investigation.