Mintz Law Firm
Thornton Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Many individuals love to take their motorcycles out for scenic rides along Colorado’s back roads and highways. People enjoy riding in groups and joining communities that revolve around their motorcycles. Unfortunately, riders are often incredibly vulnerable in the event of an accident. Even a seemingly minor accident can have serious consequences for a rider because they lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, such as seat belts or airbags.
At Mintz Law Firm, our motorcycle accident attorneys are experienced in helping riders fight for their right to fair compensation after an accident. Our Thornton motorcycle accident attorneys know that riders are uniquely vulnerable on the road and during the personal injury process. Insurance adjusters and liable parties are quick to use negative stereotypes to claim riders are inherently reckless and, therefore, liable for the accident. Mintz Law Firm can help you push back against these harmful biases and work to secure a favorable resolution for your case.
How Does Motorcycle Insurance Work After a Motorcycle Accident?
Purchasing motorcycle insurance is entering into a contract with the insurance company. This contract is binding as long as the policyholder holds up their end of the contract by paying the premiums. After a motorcycle accident, the insurance company is legally responsible for acting in your best interest when negotiating with third parties and deciding on settlements.
Unfortunately, many insurance companies aim to protect their own profits and can behave in bad faith. Bad faith behavior includes companies trying to deny claims unfairly or failing to appropriately investigate a claim in an attempt to minimize their payouts. They may even try to shift the blame to another insurance company, leaving you caught in the middle. Bath faith practices also include:
- Refusing to settle a claim
- Failing to reimburse a claim adequately
- Unnecessarily denying or delaying payments
While everyone benefits from a skilled motorcycle accident attorney after an accident, riders often need an aggressive and experienced attorney at their side to ensure they’re being fairly treated and compensated. An attorney ensures that the accident is thoroughly investigated and can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
How to Prove the Other Motorist Was At-Fault For a Motorcycle Accident
As mentioned above, the assistance of a skilled motorcycle accident attorney is critical to recovering fair compensation after an accident. They help obtain the necessary evidence to prove that the fault doesn’t lie with you but with the other motorists involved. There are various pieces of evidence that an attorney can obtain to prove fault, including but not limited to the following:
- The police report
- Eyewitness testimony
- Surveillance footage
- The other motorist's insurance information
- The other motorist's statement
- The other motorist’s driving history
Any combination of these pieces of evidence can be used to prove the other motorist was at fault for the accident, proving that you are not inherently liable because of your chosen mode of transportation. An attorney collects this evidence and uses it to prove the four elements of negligence necessary to establish liability. These four elements are:
- Duty of care: All motorists on the road are held to a legal standard of care. Therefore, establishing a duty of care typically means proving the liable party was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.
- Breach of duty: This refers to a violation of traffic laws. A motorist who fails to adhere to traffic regulations is breaching their duty of care to prevent causing harm.
- Causation: Establishing that the other motorist breached their duty of care isn’t enough to make them liable for damages. You or your attorney must be able to sufficiently prove that it’s more likely than not that the motorist's actions caused the accident and your injuries.
- Damages: To obtain fair compensation, you or your attorney needs to provide evidence that you suffered physical, mental, or emotional harm and require damages to compensate for those losses.
Motorcycle accidents can leave riders with extremely painful, expensive, and life-changing injuries. Contact a seasoned and trusted attorney to ensure that you get the fair treatment and compensation you deserve.
How Much is a Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
Like with most personal injury cases, the value of a motorcycle accident claim depends on several factors that are determined by the specific circumstance of the accident and the injury.
- The extent of the property damage: The more damage your bike and property sustained, the higher the value for property damage will be.
- The limits of the insurance policy: If the other motorist’s insurance policy is low, this may limit the compensation you can recover.
- The motorist’s assets: If the motorist has a few assets, this could limit the compensation you can recover.
- The severity of your injuries: As the severity of your injuries increases, the higher the medical bills, the greater the pain, and the greater the chance of life-long disability, which means the compensation amount also increases.
Another benefit to working with a seasoned attorney is that they know how to accurately evaluate these factors and give you the best estimate for the value of your claim.
Contact a Seasoned Thornton Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Mintz Law Firm
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating. The last thing you need is to deal with unfair treatment while trying to obtain the compensation you are entitled to. At Mintz Law Firm, our Thornton motorcycle accident lawyers have the experience and knowledge to help you obtain the best possible results for your claim, regardless of how hard insurance adjusters or liable parties try to protect their own best interests.
Mintz Law Firm is ready to help you fight for your rights and ensure you get the fair treatment you are owed. Our attorneys look forward to helping you get the justice you deserve and get you on the road to recovery. Contact us through our online contact form or call (303) 462-2999.