Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Serving Louisiana
There are currently more than 113,000 motorcycles registered in Louisiana and, while most of Louisiana’s 4.66 million residents know and understand the basics of automobile accident risks and claims, the claim factors applicable specifically to motorcycle accidents are rarely discussed.
This may lead to times in which a resident who was injured in a motorcycle-related accident finds themselves in a situation where he or she is uncertain about how to proceed following an accident.
What is the difference between factors influencing a car accident claim and a motorcycle accident claim?
Factors influencing a motorcycle claim are very similar to those relevant to a car accident, however, motorcyclists are more often wrapped in the stigma of driving too fast, ignoring the speed limit, disobeying common traffic laws, and are perceived by some to be reckless, in general.
Therefore, it is important to gather as much information as possible about the accident to help prove that the negligent party who caused the accident was at fault. In a personal injury case, it is your burden, as the plaintiff, to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the other party’s negligence caused your injuries. To meet your burden, you will need evidence, typically in the form of a police report, photos of the scene, witness statements, medical records, and medical expert opinions.
If you are able to prove that another vehicle was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation, including compensation for medical bills, disability, lost wages, and property damage.
Compensation for Medical Care
You may require medical care following a motorcycle-related accident. Even if you do not believe you have suffered any injuries, you should be evaluated by medical professionals anyway. In the days and weeks following your accident, keep detailed notes of your new symptoms and any new pain or physical limitations you experience. If the other party was negligent in causing your injuries, you are entitled to be compensated for your medical bills and any percentage of temporary or permanent disability the accident caused you.
Compensation for Physical Therapy Care
Similar to medical care, you may require physical therapy following a motorcycle-related accident, depending on the specific type and severity of your injuries. These bills, if medically necessary, will also be included in your claim of compensation.
Compensation for Property Damage
When you are involved in any type of vehicular accident, the probability of you experiencing some type of property damage is extremely high. Typically, this claim will initially be processed through your insurance. If your claim is denied for some reason, you may still be able to recover compensation by including these costs in your personal injury claim.
Compensation for Lost Wages
After an accident, it is not uncommon to need time off from work due to your injuries or medical appointments. This may cause you to lose vacation time, sick days, and even wages. If your reason for being off work is due to medical reasons caused by your accident, you can include these losses in your claim against the negligent party. When another driver hits and injures you, it is not your fault, and you should not have to pay the price for your injuries by losing wages that you and your family need.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Due to the extensive legal and technical knowledge necessary to bring a successful motorcycle-related accident claim in Louisiana, it is wise to hire a personal injury lawyer, who is experienced in handling motorcycle-related accidents to represent you. Handling these cases requires both in-depth experience with applicable Louisiana law and an ability to effectively and accurately research and articulate the information surrounding the accident in order to prove the fault of the other driver.
How do I find the right lawyer?
Motorcycle accident cases are very different than automobile accident cases and the lawyer you hire should understand that. Research the lawyer’s previous cases and, if he or she has been involved in motorcycle accident related cases, it will help with the potential success of your case.
When choosing a lawyer, there are a few qualities you should look for to ensure you get the best service for your specific situation:
1. The Right Expertise
If you need legal counsel for an injury case, it is best to look for a law firm that specializes in accident/injury such as AKD. This will ensure that your case is handled with expert care.
2. The Ability to Explain
If you are constantly confused by what your lawyer is saying, this isn’t your fault, it’s theirs. Lawyers need to be able to communicate in a way that is understandable to a non-lawyer, so you know exactly what will be involved in your claim. After all, you are the client and you deserve to understand what is happening regarding your case.
Make sure to ask about an attorney’s fee structure. At AKD, we operate on a contingency fee structure, so your choice to work with us is risk-free and you can have confidence knowing that we are also personally invested in the outcome of your case.
4. A Good Reputation
Ask your lawyer for references and/or a client list you can contact for reviews. The best law practice builds its client base through client referrals as a result of successful outcomes. Ask your prospective lawyer for information about their success rate and average settlement or verdict.
Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Louisiana
At AKD, our experienced and knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers, Roderick Alvendia, J. Bart Kelly III., and Jeanne Demarest, have helped countless clients recover the compensation they are entitled to after a personal injury due to a motorcycle-related accident.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we are only paid if you receive a favorable judgment or settlement. If you do not win your case, you will not be charged for our legal services. Contact us today to set up an initial consultation and review of your claim. We will dedicate our years of experience and knowledge to forming a case strategy to help you recover the most for your claim.
Call Today for Your Free Case Evaluation
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, the time to act is now. Your injuries, pain and suffering cannot wait. Reach out to the attorneys at Alvendia, Kelly & Dermarest today for your free case evaluation by calling 504-200-0000 or send us a message.