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.
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- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.