MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAW MONTANA
With barely a million in population, Montana has a registered motorcycle count of over 300,000 in 2019. Though by ratio of distribution is one motorcycle for every 3.4 Montanans, the numbers appeared to be skewed as many bike owners own more than one. Despite the numbers, Montana ranked as last among the states in the US with the ratio of fatalities as to registered motorcycle (score of .75 or 23 mortality rate from motorcycle accident as to 306,655 registered cycles).
Compared to operating a four-wheeled vehicle, driving a motorcycle requires a combined mental and physical skills. Despite being far less crashworthy than closed vehicles, driving a motorcycle makes you less visible to pedestrians and other drivers. It’s less stability makes the driver, including the passengers, more susceptible to unfavorable weather and road conditions.
Issues about speeding, weaving through traffic, or reckless driving that puts the rider and others in harm’s way are some of the assumptions of the general public to motorcycle riders. This stigma associated with motorcycle operators have creates a bias in handling motorcycle accident cases.
How do I know if someone else was at fault in the accident?
As with any accident, liability must be established. To that end, an investigation must be performed as soon as possible after the accident. Consulting with an expert Billings Motorcycle Accident Attorney, and retain experts to investigate any and all contributing factors to your accident can help determine who truly is at fault. Those factors include skid marks on the road, damage to your bike, damage to the vehicle that hit you, and other forms of evidence such as witness statements and law enforcement reports. This evidence needs to be collected soon after the accident or it could be lost. A major cause of motorcycle accidents include drivers being distracted by talking on the phone or texting while driving. As part of our investigation, we will obtain the other driver’s phone records to determine if that is a cause or factor in the accident
What if I was partially at fault in the accident?
Determining fault in an accident requires a thorough legal analysis that takes into consideration all of the facts and circumstances involved. As a result, the only way to truly know whether you were at fault is to speak with a qualified attorney. But, even if you were partially at fault, you may still be entitled to a partial financial recovery.
How can a Motorcycle Accident Attorney help me?
Partnering with a professional Billings Motorcycle Accident Attorney to help your case, can make a big difference. Aside from providing you guidance and legal representation, he will ensure that the settlement in your case is quick and at maximum value possible. As you provide the decision to settle, you get to choose whether to accept a settlement offer or take your case to trial. Your attorney’s main responsibility is to keep you informed so that you can make a sound decision, and if you are not satisfied with the insurance company’s best offer, you motorcycle accident lawyer will fight aggressively to enforce your rights at trial.
How much can I recover for my motorcycle accident losses?
Each case is unique, and determining how much you can recover requires a careful assessment of the extent of your physical and psychological injuries, as well as the consequences your injuries are likely to have in the future. How much are your outstanding medical bills? What type(s) of ongoing treatment will you need? How long will you be out of work? What other ways have your injuries impacted your life? These are all critical questions that need to be answered when assessing your claim for financial compensation.
How long will it take to resolve my claim?
The time it takes to resolve a case varies greatly. It could take anywhere from as litts as a few months to as long as a few years. This all depends on the circumstances of your accident, the extent of your injuries, and whether you are satisfied with initial offers. If we can negotiate a fair settlement, your case could be over relatively quickly. If we need to go to trial, it will take a while longer.
How do I get started on my claim?
To get started with your claim, contact Billings Injury Lawyer to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Once you choose to work with us, we will take quick and decisive action to begin fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Your Trusted Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Billings
At Billings Injury Lawyer we know that most motorcycle riders follow the rules of the road and are most of the time even more cautious than the regular automobile driver due to the increased risk of injury. The biggest risk that most riders face are negligent drivers, and as a professional personal injury law firm in Billings, we understand this and are committed to helping injured motorcycle riders fight to win the compensation that they deserve.
Our Billings Motorcycle Accident Attorney provides representation throughout Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Kansas. Our main focus is helping accident victims and their loved ones obtain financial compensation through insurance settlement negotiations and aggressive representation at trial. Our personal injury attorney – Joseph “Joe” Frick is licensed in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Kansas, and has built a strong reputation as an effective advocate for his clients.
The Types of Motor Accident Cases We Handle
In a majority of the cases that we handle, the cause of the accident can be attributed to the negligence of other drivers. However, there are an infinite number of factors that can contribute to a motorcycle rider’s injuries. As a result, at Billings Injury Lawyer, we investigate and pursue all parties that may be liable for your injuries.
As discussed above, negligent drivers are among the leading cause of motorcycle accidents. This may be due in some part to the failure to accurately judge a motorcycle rider’s speed. However, every driver on the road is under a duty to act reasonably, and that includes driving safely, being aware of their surroundings, and being aware of motorcycle riders. Negligent drivers that cause motorcycle riders injuries breach their duty and are liable for the damages that they cause to the rider and their family.
Accidents Caused by Defective and Poorly Maintained Vehicles
A motorcycle accident may be cause by defective vehicles or poorly maintained vehicles. For example, if a vehicle is unable to stop because its owner has failed to service the vehicle’s brakes, the owner, the dealership, or the service shop may be financially liable for a motorcycle accident victim’s injuries.
Other major causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Front-End Accidents
- High-Side Accidents
- Low-Side Accidents
- Rear-End Accidents
- Sideswipe Accidents
- T-Bone Accidents
Dedicated to provide you excellent legal representation for all types of motorcycle accident claims, throughout the Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, and North Dakota, Attorney Joseph Frick is skilled and experienced in aggressively prosecuting your case to win the compensation you deserve.