Seeking Maximum Compensation For Motorcycle Accident Victims
Motorcycle riders face many hazards on the highways and streets near their homes, but negligent and inattentive drivers are perhaps the most hazardous, resulting in serious injuries and deaths to motorcyclists every year.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a negligent driver while on a motorcycle, you need answers and you need a law firm you can trust to make things right. Restovich Braun & Associates is that firm — with over 25 years experience; our dedicated personal injury attorneys will always stand up for your rights and work diligently to get you the full compensation to which you are entitled.
You Have Found What You Need
At Restovich Braun & Associates in Rochester, we focus on providing southern Minnesota accident victims with the representation needed to maximize personal injury compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by negligent motorists.
A motorist’s failure to pay attention to his or her surroundings is no excuse for causing injury or, worse, killing someone. Juries are often biased against motorcycles, only surpassed by the bias of insurance companies that will look for any possible reason to deny compensation.
Some Common Questions About Motorcycle Accidents
After suffering a motorcycle accident, we know that there are many doubts and concerns to address. Below are some of the most common questions we have answered for motorcycle riders after an accident on the road.
Do I still have a personal injury case if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Yes, you may still have a personal injury case. The law includes comparative negligence rules to determine who the party at fault was and to what extent. If a party was not more than 50% at fault for the accident, they might still receive compensation. Not wearing a helmet may not be the cause of an accident, and riders are not required to wear a helmet while on the road. This is one of the reasons why discussing your case with a seasoned lawyer can help you learn whether you may recover compensation and build a solid legal strategy for you.
Can injured passengers on motorcycles file a personal injury claim?
Yes. If you were a passenger injured due to a third party’s negligence, you might be a candidate to file a claim. We highly recommend you discuss your accident with a knowledgeable attorney to learn whether you have a case and how to fight for your rights and protect your best interests.
What are my first steps after a motorcycle accident?
Remember that your safety and welfare are always the top priority. The first step after a motorcycle accident is to seek qualified medical assistance. In addition to protecting your health and ensuring there are no hidden injuries, you will also have a medical record of your accident.
While at the accident location, take pictures if possible. When talking to insurance representatives or law enforcement, do not admit any guilt. Any information or statement you make could be used against you and affect the amount you may recover and your rights.
Talking to an attorney about your accident can help you learn and fight for what you deserve. You may be missing details that could be important for your case. The earlier you get qualified legal representation, the greater your possibilities are of having fresh evidence to maximize your compensation.
What does no-fault mean and how will it affect my case?
After a car accident, each motorist should cover the losses experienced using their insurance, regardless of who caused the accident. The personal injury protection (PIP) coverage of your insurance includes everything from medical bills, to funeral expenses. It may also cover the services required to perform tasks you cannot perform after a car crash, like home chores. PIP covers the policyholder, their spouse and children, and any individual who rides your motorcycle or a family member who lives in your household and is uninsured.
However, PIP does not cover noneconomic damages like loss of enjoyment of life or pain and suffering. In addition, there are other options if an individual was severely injured and has reached certain thresholds. For example, if an individual reaches the $4,000 threshold in medical bills or has over 60 days of disability, they may file a lawsuit against the liable party.
What can a family member do if their loved one died in a motorcycle accident?
We offer condolences if you lost a loved one due to a motorcycle accident. We understand that you are facing challenging times. As a surviving family member, you are entitled to file a lawsuit against the party who caused the accident that led to your loved one’s passing. You and your lawyer must prove the party at fault’s negligence or intentional acts to hurt your loved one.
To do so, a surviving spouse or someone next in kin should name a trustee to file a wrongful death lawsuit and distribute the damages awarded. Such damages include economic damages such as funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages and other economic benefits a family could have obtained from the now deceased.
Compensation also includes noneconomic damages like companionship, advice, comfort and other benefits an individual could have provided to their family.
Maximizing Your Compensation
As you and your loved ones deal with the aftermath of injuries such as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, scarring and disfigurement, you can rely on our lawyers to maximize your compensation. We do this by preparing every case for trial and building the strongest possible case with the help of experts such as accident reconstructionists, economists, physicians and life care experts.