How to Prepare and Win your Motorcycle Accident Case

Careless, negligent motorists are mostly the cause of motorcycle accidents.  However, too often, there are no witnesses to the accident and the vehicle driver’s account of the accident is the one that will be accepted.  It happens many times that the motorcyclist is on the way to a hospital, in an ambulance, when the negligent driver is interviewed.

The police sometimes never even questioned the motorcyclist to get another version of how it happened.  The blame gets placed on the wrong person much too easily.

To win your case, we will need, and gather the following information:

  1. We will get all the police reports about the accident.
  2. Subpoena all the videos of the accident.
  3. Subpoena any videos made by traffic light video cameras.
  4. Subpoena all surveillance videos that buildings in the area might have captured on video.
  5. Subpoena the call made to the 911 number after the accident happened.

We will gather all the possible physical information, the videos, surveillance footage, and reports, that we can use.

We will also:

  1. Have our own special investigators interview all eyewitnesses if there were any.
  2. We will have a 3D animation of the accident to demonstrate to the judge and jury how the accident happened.
  3. Respected Motorcycle accident expert reconstruction analysts will give their findings.
  4. We will take measurements of skid marks, the area where the accident took place and also of the roadway.
  5. Photographs and measurements will be taken off the motor vehicle and motorcycle. The damage caused to each will help to find the point of impact and to determine the speed of the vehicle as well as the motorcycle.

Gathering all the information will help to build a strong legal case.  We will do everything possible to win a case when negligence was the cause of the motorcycle accident.

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How to Find the Right Lawyer to handle your Motorcycle Accident Legal Matters

To find a lawyer that will be the best fit for you and your motorcycle accident case, you will have to do some research.  You can ask around, from friends or family, you can find lawyers who advertise their services in your area, and you can search for law firms on your computer.

Finding the Right Lawyer; 5 Things to look out for:

  1. Look for a lawyer with Experience in your Specific Case Scenario; finding yourself a lawyer that specializes in divorce cases, might not be in your best interest. You will need someone with knowledge, experience in motorcycle accident cases, and who knows how to use that knowledge and experience.
  2. Find out how many Motorcycle Accident cases were handled by the Lawyer and what their outcome was; it helps if your lawyer knows motorcycles, even better, if your lawyer is also a motorcycle rider. To know the dynamics of the workings of a motorcycle, it is best to learn it first hand, in order to better explain it to people.
  3. See if former clients gave recommendations and what this said; if a former client feels free to give a positive recommendation to a lawyer on the law firms’ website, you might consider him or her to handle your case. Word of mouth is also a good recommendation for any type of services, including lawyers.
  4. You can also search professional evaluation websites; on the professional websites, you can find what other professionals, and again former clients, says about the lawyer you are considering.
  5. Promotional Booklets or DVD’s can give you further information about a lawyer and the firm, he or she, works for; reading the promotional materials and looking at a DVD, if available, will give a better understanding of a law firm’s attitude and commitment towards its cases.

A motorcycle accident lawyer’s greatest power is knowledge.  Knowledge comes through gaining information and experience.  To find your best lawyer, find those with the most experience in handling this kind of motorcycle accident cases.

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The Top 3 Questions and Answers Commonly asked after having a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents and the laws pertaining to it are far different from other motor vehicle accidents.  Here is a great guide of the Michigan motorcycle laws which you can look over.  It can also be rather confusing to figure out what kind of motorized bikes are considered to be motorcycles.  A two or three-wheeled, motorized vehicle with a seat that can reach a speed of more than 30mph is considered a motorcycle.  These vehicles also need to have specific equipment before it could be legally driven on a public road.

Because of the different laws and regulations that motorcyclists have to abide by, there are a number of concerns and questions you have to ask after being involved in a motorcycle accident.  These questions can be about injuries and settlements as well as the legal rights of motorcyclists.

3 Questions and Answers commonly asked:

  1. If the motorcycle accident was the fault of the motorcyclist and he or she has a lawsuit for negligence and personal injuries against them; will he or she be responsible for all the damages caused? The auto injury thresholds, saying that you need to be seriously injured, had to have sustained impaired body function or permanent disfigurement or be dead, before you qualify to receive damages, does not include motorcycle accidents.  Matthew R. Clark of the The Clark Law Office in Okemos, MI states that you should always speak to a local attorney since many states have different laws for motorcycles than for other motor vehicles.  It’s always best to stay informed and up-to-date on your local accident and insurance laws.
  2. What Type of Insurance is required when you ride a motorcycle? You only need basic third-party personal injury coverage.  The coverage should at least be the minimum set by law.  There are additional contractual insurances that you can purchase, but this is optional.  Extra insurance can be for personal injury protection, which can include wage loss coverage and medical benefits.
  3. Does the No-Fault-Law, only applicable on motor vehicles, mean that a motorcyclist that got injured does not have a legal case? If a motor vehicle, for instance, a truck or a car, was involved in the accident, the motorcycle accident lawyer will treat the motorcycle accident like any other third party automobile accident case, if the motorcyclist is insured with motorcycle liability insurance.

These are only 3 commonly asked questions.  If not sure what to do next after a motorcycle accident, contact a law firm that specializes in automobile accidents.  They will inform you of the correct and legal actions to follow.

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