Brockton Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If a motorcycle crash has left you injured, you need to know how to get the most compensation possible to pay for your recovery and damages. Find out how to get the settlement you deserve by consulting with a Brockton motorcycle accident lawyer.
Motorcycle crashes can easily be some of the most physically and emotionally traumatic accidents to happen. The open nature of the vehicle’s design virtually guarantees serious injuries in the event of a crash, and being thrown from the bike is highly likely.
Even worse, because motorcycle crash injuries tend to be so severe, it’s extremely likely that your medical care will max out your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage limits. Once that happens, it can be difficult to determine what to do, as you need additional compensation but probably aren’t sure how to get it.
Fortunately, a Brockton motorcycle accident lawyer from Joel H. Schwartz, PC can help you in this situation. Whether you need help getting the most from your PIP coverage or need to know what to do after maxing out your policy, we can help you get the settlement your recovery requires.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Motorcycle Wreck
Once the PIP coverage has been exhausted, your primary concern is probably what you’re going to do about all of your remaining accident-related expenses. You’ll have plenty of damages and losses to consider, and if you weren’t at fault, you shouldn’t be the one covering these costs:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and income due to missing time at work
- Property damage and vehicle repair
- Reconstructive surgery and rehabilitative therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Lost enjoyment of life
Collecting these damages is best done through a personal injury lawsuit filed against the at-fault party who caused your motorcycle crash. In fact, some of these damages, such as pain and suffering, can only be compensated in this way. Knowing how to pursue such a claim and how to properly value each of these items isn’t easy, however, which is where a Brockton motorcycle accident lawyer from our office can be of assistance.
Determining Fault for a Motorcycle Crash
Of course, in order to seek damages through a personal injury claim, someone else will need to be more responsible for what happened than you are—and this has to be clearly demonstrated with evidence. To complicate matters, the at-fault party’s insurance and attorney is likely to take advantage of popular stereotypes that portray motorcycle riders as reckless and dangerous. In other words, they’re going to try to pin the blame for the accident on you.
Your Brockton motorcycle accident lawyer will be familiar with these tactics, however. We’ll thoroughly investigate your crash and build a case that clearly demonstrates the other party’s fault. Listed below are just a few of the parties that may have played a role in your crash and how:
- Another Driver – Whether the driver was in a car or truck, other motorists often fail to notice the smaller profile of motorcyclists and cause them to crash as a result. In many cases, distracted driving, drunk driving, and reckless driving will also be a factor.
- Government Agency – Motorcycle wrecks often involve dangerous road conditions such as potholes and improper shoulder drop-offs. Poor road maintenance often indicates that the government agency responsible for the road is at fault.
- Manufacturers – If a part on your bike failed, then the manufacturer could be to blame for producing shoddy equipment.
- Construction Company – If your accident was the result of a crew failing to secure their site or being negligent in some other way, they can be held accountable.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The exact nature of your injury will play a significant role in valuing your claim. Some injuries require more care than others, and some will force dramatic negative changes upon your lifestyle. For example, brain injuries are extremely common in motorcycle crashes, even when a helmet is worn. These injuries are unpredictable, but ongoing medical care and lost cognitive and motor function are both extremely common.
Spine injuries are another frequently seen motorcycle wreck injury. The chronic pain, surgeries, and decreased mobility (sometimes even paralysis) caused by a spine injury can easily exhaust your PIP coverage and leave you in need of further compensation.
Broken bones, internal organ damage, and amputations are also commonly seen in motorcycle wrecks. All of these injuries will affect your life in negative ways, and some are extremely difficult to recover from—if not impossible. Whatever expenses and losses your injury incurs, your Brockton motorcycle accident lawyer will help you recover compensation for them.
Massachusetts Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury
The state only gives you so much time in which to file a personal injury claim, however, so it’s important to act quickly. In Massachusetts, there is a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, starting on the day you were hurt.
While three years may seem like a long time, evidence and witness testimony are easiest to collect while still fresh. The sooner your Brockton motorcycle accident lawyer is retained, the better the odds that a strong case can be built that clearly demonstrates who was at fault and why you deserve financial compensation.
Get Help from an Experienced Brockton Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Recovering from a motorcycle crash isn’t easy, and the sad truth is that the insurance company, whether it’s yours or the other driver’s, isn’t going to help. They might offer you a settlement, but it’s almost certain to be the least amount that they think they can get away with paying you.
You need a settlement that covers all of your accident-related damages and expenses, and at Joel H. Schwartz, PC, we have over fifty years of experience doing exactly that for clients all over Massachusetts. To find out how to maximize your financial compensation, contact us for a free, no-pressure consultation with a Brockton motorcycle accident lawyer. Give us a call at 1-800-660-2270, or reach us online through the form on this page.