Following a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to file a claim against the person responsible for causing the accident. Even if you believe that you were the one who caused the accident, you should always consult with your attorney just to be one hundred percent sure.
The truth is, many motorcyclists have no idea that they could seek compensation for their damages simply because they believe that they caused the accident.
Regardless of what you believe to be true, you should always consult with Seattle motorcycle accident attorneys after a motorcycle accident.
Here are the things that you should know about your case.
You May Be Partially Guilty
Even in cases where it may seem evident that you are at fault, you may only be partially at fault. And believe it or not, you could seek compensation for the part that is the other party’s fault. So if you are both found to be 50-50 at fault, you could receive 50 percent of the compensation you would normally receive or less, depending on the circumstances.
Do not rush to admit fault or guilt right after the accident. By doing so, you will reduce your chances of getting compensated and give the other party the power to sue you. Instead, try and talk to the police without saying things such as:
- “I am sorry, it is all my fault”
- “I am to blame for the accident”
- “Is there anything I can do because I am feeling responsible/guilty?”
You Are a Victim
Think of yourself as a victim of this case. You were just in an accident, and you should try and find a way to deal with the situation in the best way possible. Your goal is to obtain compensation for your injuries and to do so, you will have to do the following right after the accident:
- Call 911
- Talk to the police
- Exchange information with the other party
- Exchange information with any witnesses
- Go to the hospital
- Call and talk to your attorney
Once you take these steps, you will have a stronger case and a firm foundation for a claim. If your claim is successful, you will be able to recover damages for your:
- Property damages
- Personal injuries
- Medical costs (all current and future costs related to the injuries obtained from the accident)
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Lost benefits
- Pain and suffering
Everyone Involved in an Accident Can File a Claim
Every person that has been in a motorcycle accident has the right to file a claim. There are many factors that may impact the claim, but with a good attorney on speed dial, things will be a lot easier.
The question is do you have a good attorney on speed dial? If the answer is “NO”, consider calling motorcycle accident attorneys in Seattle today. Schedule your free initial consultation, and learn how you can file a claim and get compensated for your damages in a timely manner. Give us a call today!