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Some Information You Should Know Regarding Motorcycle Accidents

Posted on August 29th, 2020 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

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As the rider of a motorcycle, it’s essential you know all the current laws and regulations regarding motorcycle owners and operators. If you are in an accident, “I didn’t know,” isn’t going to be a very good defense. The following are some things you should understand about motorcycle accidents.

Is Motorcycle Insurance Required to Ride?

In most states, you have to purchase the minimum amount of motorcycle insurance to ride legally. Liability is typically the minimum, and it would cover property damage and injuries sustained by anyone in an accident you caused. Depending on your coverage and the state you live in, there’s a chance your liability coverage will take care of legal fees you incur as well.

What Happens If I Get a Speeding Ticket?

If you’re in an accident and also get a speeding ticket at that time, you may worry you won’t be able to receive compensation. This all depends on the specifics of the accident. For example, if your speeding was the cause, you would be liable for the accident and any injuries incurred. If the speeding was a minor issue in an accident caused by another driver, there’s a chance you’ll hold a small percentage of fault. Depending on the state in which you live and that state’s fault or no-fault laws, you might receive less compensation because of the percentage of fault the speeding caused.

What Types of Compensation Can I Expect to Receive?

Every accident is different, and you can’t really expect to receive a certain amount because of how different they can be. There are some common types of compensation you might speak to your lawyer about. This includes recovery of medical expenses, punitive damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.

What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

When you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, the first order of business you should take care of is yourself. Injuries need to be immediately treated for the best chance of recovery, and immediate care could also help you with your insurance claim or lawsuit. You should also call the authorities, collect evidence, and get in touch with a lawyer.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Even after the most minor motorcycle accident, it’s often a good idea to get a lawyer involved. Your lawyer can help you work through the insurance process, as well as a lawsuit, should you decide to file against the other driver. Contact a lawyer, like a motorcycle accident lawyer from Patterson Bray, today for answers to all your questions.


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