Frequently Asked Questions about Motorcycle Accidents
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You’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident. What happens now? Medical expenses are adding up. But the driver who hit you denies doing anything wrong. Dealing with the insurance company is aggravating. You’re not sure what to do next – all you have are questions. You need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to help you get answers.
Attorney Byron Browne of Browne Law Group fights for the injured in Gilbert and throughout Maricopa County. He understands that injuries from a motorcycle crash can affect victims and their families physically, emotionally, and financially. He fights back against insurance company attempts to pay you less to recover the compensation you deserve.
- Can I sue after a motorcycle accident?
- What types of compensation can I recover in a lawsuit?
- What if the motorcycle accident was partly my fault?
- Do I need a lawyer after a motorcycle accident?
- What if I need more surgery in the future?
- What is the value of my case?
- Can I ask the insurance company for more money?
- How can I prove the other driver was at fault?
- When should I file a lawsuit?
- How long will it take to resolve my case?
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Can I sue after a motorcycle accident?
If a negligent driver caused an accident that left you injured, you have the right to file a lawsuit to recover damages. But the legal process can be complicated. The driver may have been speeding or texting behind the wheel, but may deny doing anything wrong. You may even be blamed for causing the accident. The insurance company will also try to minimize your claim. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side. We know how to build a strong case that insurance companies have to take seriously.
What types of compensation can I recover in a lawsuit?
It depends on the damages that you suffered in the crash – each situation is unique. But in general, victims can seek compensation for:
- All current and future medical expenses related to your injuries
- Lost wages if you were unable to work
- The cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle
- Lost future income
- The cost of any needed modifications to your home or vehicle
- Pain and suffering
A lawyer can review your case and determine the types of compensation you may be able to recover by filing a lawsuit.
What if the motorcycle accident was partly my fault?
Under Arizona’s comparative negligence system, you would still be able to recover compensation. However, the amount would be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you were awarded $100,000, but found to be 40% at fault for the accident, you could recover $60,000. Insurance companies know how comparative negligence works. That’s why they will try to put as much blame as possible on you. An experienced attorney will have the resources to investigate your crash and gather evidence that proves the other driver was at fault.
Do I need a lawyer after a motorcycle accident?
When filing a claim for compensation, you are not legally required to have a lawyer. Insurance companies would actually prefer it if you don’t have a lawyer. But they have lawyers. They handle claims every day and have the advantage after an accident. Byron Browne knows how insurance companies operate and is familiar with the tactics they use to try to pay you less. He can build a strong case they have to take seriously and take a tough stance during negotiations to recover the compensation you deserve.
What if I need more surgery in the future?
In some cases, injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents can impact your life for years. You may need additional surgery or other medical treatment in the future. If doctors determine that you will need future surgery, you have the right to seek financial compensation for that medical expense. But insurance companies may dispute the need for any further surgery. That’s why you need a lawyer who knows how to determine the total damages you have suffered and will fight for maximum compensation.
What is the value of my case?
There’s no simple answer to this question, as it depends on many different factors: the type and severity of your injuries, the length of your recovery, whether you missed time from work, the strength of the case, and insurance policy limits. Byron Browne can review the details of your accident and your injuries. He’ll give you an idea of how much you can reasonably expect to recover and will fight for the best results possible.
Can I ask the insurance company for more money?
Yes, absolutely. The insurance company may offer a settlement shortly after your motorcycle accident. But you do not have to accept. Their offer will likely fall far short of covering all of your damages from the accident. They are trying to save themselves some money. That’s why it’s important to get legal advice before accepting any offer from the insurance company. Byron Browne believes that you should not have to settle for less after a motorcycle crash. He does not put up with B.S. tactics from the insurance company and will negotiate a settlement that meets your needs.
How can I prove the other driver was at fault?
The driver who caused your motorcycle accident may have been speeding, texting, or driving aggressively. But what if the driver denies doing anything wrong? Our legal team can investigate your motorcycle accident. We know how to prove the other driver’s negligence caused your crash. We’ll gather evidence, such as any video from nearby traffic cameras. We’ll review accident reports and other documentation, and also interview witnesses. Byron Browne will build a strong case that holds the negligent driver accountable.
When should I file a lawsuit?
A lawyer can advise you on when to file a lawsuit, but you should get legal advice as soon as possible following your crash. The statute of limitations for taking legal action after a motorcycle accident in Arizona is two years from the date of your accident. That sounds like you have plenty of time. But strong cases are built on solid evidence, and that can be lost if you wait too long. Witnesses to your accident may also forget important details that could help your case. Overall, it can take months for a lawyer to build your case. Byron Browne can meet with you and discuss your options.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
It depends on the complexity of the case and other factors. If a case is fairly straightforward – and if the insurance company is not aggressively fighting your claim – it may be possible to reach a settlement within months. But other cases may be more complicated. Those may take a year or longer to resolve. Byron Browne can go over the details of your case and give you an idea of how long the legal process may take.