Motorcycle and car accidents can both cause serious injuries. Both can be the subject of personal injury suits. There are some differences between how such cases are handled though, but there is no need to worry. A Fayetteville, Arkansas car accident lawyer from our firm can look at the unique facts of your case and help you fight for compensation.
How Do Motorcycle and Car Accidents Differ?
One of the biggest differences between motorcycle and car accidents is how little protection a biker has compared to the occupant of a vehicle. It is not surprising that serious injuries, like concussions, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones are so common in motorcycle accidents.
Another thing to note is that some people have a bias against bikers. They believe that people operating motorcycles are doing so aggressively and that they tend to ignore the rules of the road. Your lawyer will try to show that you operate your motorcycle safely, you did not contribute to the accident, and that you deserve your compensation.
Who Can Sue After Motorcycle and Car Accidents?
Anyone who was injured in motorcycle and car accidents can generally sue for damages. You could have a driver of a car sue a motorcyclist, or maybe an injured pedestrian sue any drivers involved in the accident. If you think that you or a loved one suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence, then pursuing damages is a valid step to take.
What Should I Do After a Motorcycle or Car Accident?
Whether the accident involves motorcycles, cars, or both, the first steps you take after the accident should help you defend yourself and start building a potential personal injury case. You should:
- Take photos of the accident scene and damaged vehicles
- Talk to eyewitnesses and get their contact information
- Call the cops to the scene and get a police report filled out
- Get any medical care you need
- Keep medical bills, car repair estimates, and any other evidence of costs stemming from this accident
- Talk to a personal injury lawyer
Do I Need To Hire a Lawyer?
You are not required to hire a lawyer, but one can do a lot to help you build your case. Your lawyer can:
- Prepare you for testimony
- Gather evidence
- Calculate a fair compensation offer
- Handle all communications for you
They can also defend you from accusations of wrongdoing. If you are found to have contributed to the accident, your compensation amount will shrink. If you are found to be more than 50% responsible for the accident, you will not be able to get anything.
Call Our Legal Team Today
If you are ready to learn more about your legal options, talk to our experienced motorcycle and car accident attorneys. When you contact the Knapp Law Firm, we will set up a free initial consultation and get ready to start the legal process.