Riding a motorcycle can have many advantages compared to using a car. Indeed, motorcycles offer fuel-efficiency benefits, are easier to park, are more affordable, and offer the feeling of freedom associated with the wind in your hair. But as enjoyable and practical as a motorcycle may be, riding one can also be dangerous—especially when there are unsafe drivers on the road. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to understand your rights. Call Tetzel Law today to learn more.
Your Legal Rights After a Motorcycle Accident
When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to understand your rights. You have the right to compensation if you were involved in a crash caused by another party. Even if you were at fault for the accident, though, you may have the right to compensation through your own insurance coverage.
In most cases, after a motorcycle accident caused by another party, you will file a claim against that party’s liability insurance coverage. If the party doesn’t have insurance or doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your injuries, you can file a claim against your own policy’s uninsured motorist coverage.
Most motorcycle accident claims are settled through negotiations without ever going to court. However, in the event that you can’t reach a settlement, you maintain the right to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. You will need to prove that the other party acted negligently, the negligence was the proximate cause of your accident, and that you’ve suffered actual damages as a result (economic and noneconomic).
Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
Taking the right steps after a motorcycle accident can help to protect your right to damages. Action items include:
- Seek medical care immediately
- Document as much as you can about the accident
- Collect evidence at the scene (if your injuries do not prevent you from doing so)
- Get the other driver’s information
- Report the accident to the police
- Report the accident to your insurance company
- Follow up with a lawyer’s help
How an Attorney Can Help You
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a life-changing experience. Without a lawyer’s help, you may be unable to recover the compensation that you need in order to be made whole again. An attorney will gather evidence, build your case, help identify sources of compensation, prove the fault of the other party, calculate your damages, and negotiate your settlement on your behalf.
Call Tetzel Law Today
At the office of Tetzel Law, our experienced Massachusetts motorcycle accident attorney is here for you. To learn more about your rights and how an attorney may be able to improve the outcome of your case, call our law office directly today at (617) 742-1700 or send us a message online.