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Idaho is home to some of the nation’s most stunning scenery from ⛰️ mountain to 🌵 desert, and there’s no better place to 👀 see it than from the seat of a motorcycle️. 🏍️

Unfortunately, though, motorcycles aren’t all joyriding and wind in your hair. They are one of the most dangerous vehicles to drive, mostly due to the lack of surrounding protection when disaster occurs. As CheatSheet points out, “At least cars have crumple zones and seat belts. When a distracted driver rear-ends a motorcycle, there isn’t much to protect the rider even in a low-speed crash.” This makes it more likely that motorcycle accidents will result in injury or fatality.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash that resulted in injury or death, you need the help of an attorney to assess whether or not you have a case and could receive compensation. In some cases, you may be able to bring a claim against another driver or against the property on which the crash occurred.

Motorcyclists have rights:

  • You have the right to full compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, other costs, and any long-term disabilities.
  • You have the right to have the insurance company honor their policy and pay covered claims.
  • You have the right to refuse any settlement offer by the insurance company that you are not fully satisfied with.
  • You have the right to pursue legal action to recover any damages not covered by insurance.

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TOP 7 FACTORS THAT AFFECT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIMS

factor 1

Distracted Driving

Oftentimes, the most dangerous hazards on the roads are other drivers. Whether texting, fiddling with the radio, or trying to wrangle small children who are being unruly in the backseat, a driver not focusing fully on the road greatly increases the chances of an accident.

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DUI

Make sure to ask the police officer on the scene to do a Breathalyzer test on the drunk driver. This piece of on-the-scene evidence is vital to prove your case and to hold the drunk driver responsible for his or her actions.

factor 3

Speeding

Speeding is one of the most common traffic offenses and contributes to many accidents. Your attorney can help you build a strong case against the speeding driver so you can be compensated for your injuries.

factor 4

Uninsured Motorist

It may be difficult to recover damages if the other driver doesn’t have insurance. Your own policy will cover your injuries, but only up to a point. Consult an attorney to explore your options.

factor 5

Head-on Collision

The injuries resulting from a head-on collision can be life-changing. Don’t leave any piece of evidence left to chance; an attorney can help you determine the location of each vehicle before the crash and confirm that the other driver was at fault."

factor 6

Multiple Vehicle

Proving fault can be more difficult in cases involving more than two vehicles, but an experienced personal injury attorney can help.

factor 7

Single Vehicle

Even if no other vehicles were involved in your accident, it’s not hopeless. Were you forced to maneuver out of the way when another driver made a risky move? Did badly maintained roads or a negligent road worker contribute to unsafe conditions that led to your accident? Discuss the facts with an attorney to find out if you have a case.

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Distracted Driving

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DUI

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Speeding

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Uninsured Motorist

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Head-on Collision

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Multiple Vehicle

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Single Vehicle

* While these are not the only types of accidents that a driver can face on the road, they are very common and often result in serious injury.

WHERE DOES INSURANCE COME IN?

01

Assessing the Damages.

Start gathering evidence of all damages caused by the crash. You should not only file the claim for damages to your vehicle, but also for any medical expenses incurred as a result of the crash. Even if these are minor, they need to be accounted for. That includes primary care physician visits, diagnostics, chiropractic treatments, and any other visits that directly result from the crash.
02

Receive Medical Attention Immediately.

You must also gather records to ensure you can paint a complete picture of what happened and what you went through when it’s time to bring your claim. Motorcycle accidents often result in broken bones, brain injury, facial fractures, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and—one of the most common—road rash. This is a superficial (but nonetheless painful and potentially limiting) injury wherein surface layers of skin are scraped off your body (often the limbs and face) by contact with the road at high speeds.
03

File Claims.

You will file claims with one of two insurance companies: either yours or the insurance company of the other party at fault.
Note that Idaho employs the Comparative Negligence Rule. If you played some part in the accident, you may still receive damages, but they may be less than if you did not share the fault.
04

Hire an Attorney.

Meet with a personal injury attorney right after the accident occurs, especially if you or a loved one has serious injuries. Insurance claims during accidents can get quite complicated, so you may need help not only enforcing them later on but also filing the claims in the first place.

We look forward to helping you get what you deserve.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS IN IDAHO

01

Unique Damages.

Motorcycles are involved in a disproportionately high number of single-vehicle accidents…and crash numbers seem to be rising.

According to the Idaho Transportation Department’s 2015 stats, the most recently available, “The number of motorcycle crashes increased in 2015 by 7 percent, while the number of motorcycle fatalities increased by 12 percent.”

02

High Chance of Injury.

According to ITD, 88 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in injury. While single-vehicle accidents account for only 30 percent of all accidents, they make up a whopping 45 percent of all motorcycle crashes; 64 percent of which prove to be fatal.
03

Who Really is at Fault?

Entities responsible for poor road conditions must answer for crashes. It’s important to assess whether road conditions were hazardous as a result of acts of nature, or because someone was negligent.
04

Motorcyclist Demographics.

In 2015, the IDT reported that 64 percent of those involved in motorcycle crashes in the state were 40 years of age or older.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT?

01

Call the police.

Never deal directly with the driver of the other vehicle in your accident, except to make sure that he or she is okay.

Whether emergency medical assistance is needed or not, the police should always be called after each accident, and a report should be filed.

02

Receive the medical treatment you need, directly following your accident.

This can decrease your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries in a personal injury lawsuit.
03

Gather evidence as soon as possible.

When filing a car accident claim, your attorney will need various types of evidence. Some types of evidence needed can include:
04

File an insurance claim after an accident. Never wait.

Your accident will likely have caused damage to your vehicle, which will need to be repaired. This can be very costly to pay out of pocket. You may also have a multitude of injuries to be addressed, such as whiplash, brain injury, seat-belt bruising, or airbag burns.
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