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Motorcycle Accidents

Lafayette, Louisiana Personal Injury Attorney – (337) 660-2699

Motorcycle accidents are widely considered the most dangerous and devastating form of vehicle collisions on the road. The consequences of a single crash while riding your motorcycle can cause medical bills and related costs to pile up as you recover, miss days or weeks of work, and experience additional hardships. Even though monetary compensation might not have been the first thing on your mind after your motorcycle accident, it needs to be your primary objective now.

At Duck Law Firm, LLC, our Lafayette personal injury attorney can help you out, each step of the way. We have more than two decades of trial-tested experience and a history of successful verdicts and beneficial settlements to back us up. You can call us at (337) 660-2699 today to learn more about our services during a free case review, and be sure to ask about our contingency fees!

Causes and Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents

Drivers on the road in normal-to-large-sized vehicles must be incredibly careful when a motorcyclist is present. If they act negligently, allow themselves to become distracted, or otherwise fail to drive defensively and responsibly, even a slight or slow-speed collision could cause great harm to the motorcycle rider. Government agencies, such as the Department of Transportation, also have a responsibility to maintain safe roadway conditions. If they do not, everyone is put at risk of experiencing a dangerous collision, especially riders who can find it difficult to control their vehicle on uneven or fractured asphalt.

Causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue or negligence
  • Water or debris in road
  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Defective motorcycle parts

Consequences of motorcycle accidents include:

In the event that someone you know passes away due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, you may need to take the initiative and file a wrongful death case on their behalf. In such a case, you can pursue compensation to help pay for funeral expenses, burial costs, wages they should have earned in a healthy life, and the loss of companionship you are experiencing.

How Much Will My Motorcycle Accident Claim Be Worth?

One of the greatest concerns of injured motorcyclists during the personal injury claims process regards the value of their claim. This can be challenging to determine, as there are numerous unique factors which can impact a person’s claim and alter the final dollar figure. While the most effective way to get an accurate representation of your claim’s worth is to consult with an attorney, there are certain considerations which can help you estimate its value.

Factors which can dictate your motorcycle accident claim’s value include:

  1. The extent of your damages: Generally speaking, the higher your losses were following your crash, the higher your settlement will likely be. While concrete economic damages such as medical bills and lost wages can be easy to total up, non-economic damages for pain and suffering are not always as obvious. Compensable pain and suffering damages will generally be higher in instances where a motorcycle accident leaves a person permanently affected, such as through extensive scarring, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, or spinal cord damage.
  2. The likelihood that the defendant will be found liable: Motorcycle accident settlements can also be greatly affected depending on the amount of evidence present to prove that a defendant was responsible for the collision. Even if the amount of measurable damages are high, if a plaintiff does not have a strong case, the defendant will be less inclined to settle and may choose to take their chances at trial.
  3. The extent of both party's insurance coverage: Unless a defendant has additional assets, injury settlements for motorcycle accidents generally will be limited by the liability limits of the defendant’s auto insurance policy. This is why having uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage can be crucial. If an at-fault does not have insurance, or if their coverage is insufficient to cover a plaintiff’s damages, a plaintiff can pursue additional compensation by filing a UIM claim under their own insurance policy.

Call Us Today – There is No Risk to You

We try to make it as easy as possible for our clients here at Duck Law Firm, LLC. To take the financial stress of litigation off your shoulders, you can begin with a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation and then go on to retain our services for no upfront fees. After your case has been resolved, we will only collect a paycheck if we win you a settlement, and even then we just get a percentage of your winnings – you never have to worry about paying our Lafayette motorcycle accident lawyer more than you win!