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Motorcycle Accidents FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

After a motorcycle accident, victims can be left with serious injuries, mounting bills, and a lot of questions about their rights and options for recovery. To shed some light on what victims can generally expect from a motorcycle accident case, here are some helpful answers to frequently asked questions about these types of cases.

Do you need more specific answers about your case? Contact an attorney at the Law Office of James H. Guest, L.L.C., to schedule a free initial consultation. Call our Denver office or contact us online.


Am I entitled to compensation after my motorcycle accident?


Maybe. It will depend on the exact causes of the collision and, in particular, whether any other party’s negligence was a primary contributing factor. If so, then you can be entitled to compensation for your accident-related injuries, damages and losses.


What parties can be liable for causing motorcycle accidents?


A number of different parties can contribute to motorcycle accidents, with some of the most common being:

  • Other drivers on the road — Examples of other motorists’ negligence that commonly plays a role in causing motorcycle accidents include drunk driving, failure to comply with traffic laws, speeding and distracted driving.

  • Parts manufacturers — These companies can be liable when their equipment is faulty or defective and, consequently, causes motorcycle accidents.

  • Municipalities or other entities – When the parties responsible for constructing and/or maintaining safe roadways fail to do so and poor roadway conditions contribute to motorcycle accidents, these parties can be liable for compensating victims.

Of course, there may be other liable parties in a given case, and it’s strongly advised that victims consult with a lawyer to find out more about who may be liable for their crash.


How much is my motorcycle accident case worth?


The value of a motorcycle accident claim will depend on a number of different factors, only some of which typically include:

  • The extent and severity of the injuries a victim sustained

  • Whether these injuries have resulted in permanent impairments, lost wages and/or a future inability to earn a living

  • The extent of a victim’s property damage

Additionally, however, the nature of the negligence — and the liable party or parties — can impact the value of a given motorcycle accident claim, which is why it’s best to get a professional evaluation of your motorcycle accident case from an experienced attorney like James H. Guest.


How soon do I need to file a motorcycle accident case?


As soon as possible for the strongest possible case. This is usually because most evidence for your case will be available soon after the accident, as opposed to months or years down the line when pictures go missing or get destroyed, and/or witnesses move or forget what happened.

According to Colorado law, however, you will have two years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a claim. This is known as the statute of limitations for the case, and waiting to file after this time frame has expired will usually result in a dismissal of a case. In other words, you can lose your right to financial recovery following a motorcycle accident if you wait longer than two years following the accident to file your case.


Do I need a lawyer to help me with my motorcycle accident case?


If you’re serious about protecting your best interests and obtaining the maximum compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages because of time away from work, and other injury-related expenses then yes, obtaining a lawyer is considered a good idea.

The reason for this is that an experienced attorney will know how to craft you the strongest possible case, prevent insurers or others from trying to compromise your rights, and make sure that your claim is brought to the best possible resolution. Additionally, hiring a lawyer can help relieve considerable stress by allowing you to focus on recovering, not personally making sure all of your legal matters are addressed in a timely manner.