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.
TOP 7 FACTORS THAT AFFECT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIMS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Proving fault can be more difficult in cases involving more than two vehicles, but an experienced personal injury attorney can help.
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.
* 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?
Assessing the Damages.
Receive Medical Attention Immediately.
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.
Hire an Attorney.
We look forward to helping you get what you deserve.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS IN IDAHO
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.”
High Chance of Injury.
Who Really is at Fault?
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT?
Call the police.
Whether emergency medical assistance is needed or not, the police should always be called after each accident, and a report should be filed.
Receive the medical treatment you need, directly following your accident.
Gather evidence as soon as possible.
File an insurance claim after an accident. Never wait.
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Comparative Negligence Rule
COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE RULE
Idaho follows the comparative negligence rule, which means that a court will look at both parties’ actions and level of fault in the case of a motorcycle accident.
Even if you were both driving irresponsibly, if the other driver was driving more carelessly, then you may still have a case. It’s important to recognize, however, that any fault on your part will limit the amount of damages which you can receive.
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To schedule a consultation about your accident, call our office at (208) 333-3333 or fill out your case evaluation form now.