There are many reasons we ride motorcycles—thrills, fuel economy, and the open road. But motorcyclists face a unique set of dangers on the road, and when accidents happen, they often result in serious injuries. When this happens, you need the motorcycle accident attorneys at Dudley DeBosier. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that the number of deaths on motorcycles was about 30 times more than the number in cars per mile traveled in 2010.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys can help get you the personal injury compensation you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our legal staff has years of experience helping motorcycle accident victims with their personal injury claims, and we may be able to help you, too.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident in Louisiana, there is limited time to file a claim for your injuries. If you are unsure of your next step, please fill out a free initial consultation form or call us at 866-897-8495. Our firm will review your claim for free and will determine if we’re able to help.
We Understand Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists are often characterized as reckless or dangerous on the road by insurance companies. Our motorcycle accident lawyers know that isn’t always true.
We understand the dangers riders face, and we know that even the most cautious riders can be involved in serious accidents, such as:
motor vehicle traffic failing to yield right of way to a motorcyclist
roadway defects leading to a loss of motorcycle control
motor vehicle drivers not recognizing motorcycles in moving traffic
Don’t let the insurance company place their stereotypes above your rights to a fair recovery from your injuries. Let the motorcycle accident lawyers at Dudley DeBosier protect your rights to compensation.
Why Should I Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
When it comes to receiving proper compensation following an accident, those involving motorcycles come with some of the most complicated procedural complications.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, also called 'no-fault' insurance is a policy that covers medical bills and injury compensation if you are hurt in a motor vehicle wreck, no matter who is at fault. Here's the issue: in Louisiana, PIP coverage is optional, and even if you have it, it generally doesn't extend to cover motorcycles. This means that receiving your due compensation from a motorcycle accident becomes a process that adds significant stress and pain to your recovery.
You need an injury attorney that specializes in motorcycle accidents to help you navigate the difficult landscape that awaits in the aftermath of your accident.
When you consult an expert motorcycle accident lawyer, they will build your claim by:
Collecting police reports, photographing the scene and documenting witnesses
Researching details about other drivers involved, including their driving history
Recreating the scene and the accident to gain key insights about your accident
Helping to pay your immediate medical bills and reviewing medical records
Collecting additional evidence and information that strengthens your claim
Consulting with experts and dealing with insurance companies on your behalf
The laws that deal with the enforcement of justice in motorcycle accidents differ from those which pertain to other types of automobile accidents. The New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport-based motorcycle attorneys in the offices of Dudley DeBosier are highly skilled in navigating motorcycle claims procedures throughout Louisiana, and they will fight for your rights throughout the process.
Motorcycle Accident Claims
There are several mitigating factors that may be present in identifying who or what is to blame in your motorcycle accident. Exploring these concepts thoroughly may lead to moving your claim forward and enforcing the payment of your rightful compensation:
After your motorcycle accident, your attorney will contact the insurance companies of the involved parties. This is the first attempt to leverage information collected with the negligent party's insurance company in order to induce compensation. If the negligent party refuses to pay, your attorney may then suggest legal action against them.
As a state, Louisiana adheres to a 'Fault' policy, meaning that blame for an automobile accident must be assigned to one or both parties involved. To establish negligence on the part of the party that caused the motorcycle accident, your attorney will collect evidence that suggests that the other party involved failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care with their vehicle.
In some cases, a defect in one of the vehicles involved may be the cause of a motorcycle wreck. To determine if this is the case, a competent attorney will investigate the functionality of the two vehicles involved. If product liability is established, you may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer of the vehicle.
In the most severe cases, you may be taking legal action on behalf of an accident that caused the death of your family member(s). An expert motorcycle accident attorney can help establish negligence and get you due compensation.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered?
When your motorcycle attorney successfully establishes that negligence led to your accident and to personal injury, there are several causes for which you have the right to ask for compensation:
Past and Future Medical Expenses: This is the primary compensation owed by the negligent party following a motorcycle accident. An attorney can help you settle on an accurate valuation of all past and future medical bills and associated expenses.
Lost Wages: If you lose the ability to work following the accident, you're owed the equivalent value of the wages you otherwise would've earned.
Pain and Suffering: Depending on the nature of the injury, there may be other factors for which you can be compensated for, including long-term loss of mobility and other similar factors.
Mental Anguish: The nature of your motorcycle wreck may cause mental suffering for your family and yourself. If this is the case, your motorcycle accident attorney can help get you compensation.
Loss of Consortium: The spouse of an accident victim may also file for compensation due to the accident causing the loss of traditional marital comforts.
We Will Fight for You
Motorcycle accident victims shouldn’t have to deal with insurance companies alone. If you’ve been injured in an accident, let our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for you. Our compassionate legal team will take care of the legal paperwork and deadlines, so you can concentrate on getting better.
We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call our legal professionals at (866) 897-8495 or fill out our free initial consultation form below. We’re here to help you.