Washington, D.C., Motorcycle Accident FAQs
Were you hit by a negligent driver while riding a motorcycle? The odds are against you, and the effects of a motorcycle crash can be catastrophic. One traumatic impact could permanently injure you and endanger the financial future of your immediate family. Whether it’s a brain injury or a broken bone that you suffered from this type of accident, we know you’re hurting and want to find justice.
Typically, accident victims don’t understand the long-term implications of bike injuries on their quality of life. During this time, injured bikers also have many legal concerns that never crossed their mind before the devastating event. We can help you understand how recent tort decisions in Washington, D.C., could affect your potential motorcycle accident claim. Such cases take a long time to resolve, even years, but you should hire an attorney with specific knowledge of the laws of the District of Columbia.
Why Should You Hire a Lawyer?
If you’ve been hurt in an accident and there was another driver at fault (or perhaps there’s a potential product liability claim for a defective tire or a vehicle rollover), then you must find immediate legal assistance. You want a person who can answer many urgent questions like these:
- Who will pay for your medical bills?
- How will you recover lost wages after being out of work due to severe injuries?
- How will you get compensated for pain and suffering?
- How will you handle the continuing economic impact on your family?
- How will you afford to hire the services of a licensed attorney?
We might be able to help answer these questions for you after considering your potential claim. At The Abelson Law Firm, please call us for a free consultation and explore your legal rights as an accident victim.
What Is Our Experience Representing Injured Bikers?
When you decide to ride a motorcycle, you entrust your life and the life of your passenger to other drivers on the road. That’s because your fellow drivers often find it difficult to see your bike, and they have reduced visibility when driving at night or in inclement weather. If you are driving properly, you can avoid some accidents, but you cannot anticipate every driver’s error. With a helmet and protective body wear, you avoid some consequences of a crash, but the motorcycle offers no protection against an impact.
In motorcycle accident cases, we see many permanent injuries and death to responsible bikers. We have represented other motorcycle operators and passengers for serious injuries, helping them to show how a negligent driver caused their injuries and why they deserve adequate compensation. Nothing we might recover on a client’s behalf, however, could fully relieve your situation: money doesn’t erase your scars or the trauma of being seriously hurt.
How Do I Obtain Damages?
Under current laws, a person injured in a traffic crash in Washington, D.C., has only three years to pursue a claim. If a claimant does not take action within his or her statute of limitations, he or she could lose the right to recover damages from the defendant. In your case, time is of the essence. If you wait to contact the defendant’s insurance company and try to settle the case or file a lawsuit against the defendant driver, you could lose precious evidence that would support your claim. Seek legal advice about this matter as soon as possible.
How Do We Handle Injured Biker Claims?
The Abelson Law Firm helps visitors and residents in the District of Columbia who were recently injured due to someone else’s negligence. We work aggressively to collect evidence and to prepare each claim for submission to the appropriate insurance carrier. You would be surprised how quickly the medical bills add up, which could make you feel like you do not have the resources to pay them. Most families live paycheck to paycheck and a disruption in their income is difficult. What’s more, you don’t want to sign your rights away by accepting a low offer from any insurance company. When we determine that the time is right to seek a recovery (which is different for each client), we prepare a demand letter, which may include these common types of damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Prescription expenses
- Medical transportation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Legal fees and expenses
- Punitive damages (that is, awarded by a jury when the defendant or his or her insurance company knowingly commits gross negligence)
Who Bears Responsibility for My Claim?
Each motorcycle accident is unique. In some cases, your behavior or driving choices in the moment might have contributed to the accident. A serious motorcycle crash may call for special types of investigation and, if the case eventually goes to mediation or trial, may necessitate the testimony of accident reconstructionists.
Consider the case of a semi-truck driver who switched lanes during a bad storm and now claims she didn’t see the motorcycle operator in her side mirror. It will take more than just the word of either driver to establish responsibility for the crash. Determining who is responsible for paying all or part of an injury claim is up to an attorney after carefully reviewing the facts of the case. Conversely, making a mistake while operating a motorcycle may not prevent a victim from successfully making a claim.
For each of our clients, we verify all applicable insurance coverages. The laws of D.C. place the burden on the plaintiff (the injured party) to show how the defendant was negligent and why he or she (and the insurance company) should pay their fair share for injuries resulting from the accident. Don’t try to resolve your case alone without first consulting a personal injury attorney.
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?
As an accident victim, you should not expect to pay up front for legal representation. The Abelson Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that Mr. Abelson’s fees and costs come out of any recovery from an insurance company or a court judgment. Please call us today at (202) 331-0600 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.