Motorcyclists and bicyclists are especially vulnerable on roadways, especially compared to cars, SUVs and trucks. Because of this, motorcyclists and bicyclists need to be especially careful and drive defensively. Motorcyclists and bicyclists should also make sure to wear proper safety equipment and to utilize any safety items on the motorcycle or bicycle. Unfortunately in some situations, despite taking proper precautions, accidents may result. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle or bicycle accident as a result of another’s negligence, you should contact a Lancaster motorcycle/bicycle accident lawyer for legal advice.
If the person responsible for the accident was negligent or otherwise careless in some manner, you may be able to recover money damages against that driver or from their insurance. Proving negligent behavior is not always easy, especially if you are not familiar with the law. Negligence is a complex legal theory that requires a showing of evidence to prove a variety of different legal elements. This includes evidence showing that the other driver failed to use reasonable care in their operation of a motor vehicle, that this failure to use reasonable care caused the accident and your injuries, and that you suffered actual damages as a result of the accident.
In a motorcycle or bicycle accident, any relevant evidence may be used to prove the legal elements of negligence. A Lancaster motorcycle/bicycle accident lawyer will be able to review the details of your accident and can identify evidence that may be useful and relevant. While some of this evidence may be in the possession of the other driver or other individuals involved, a car accident lawyer will be able to use a variety of tools to obtain that information. This includes the use of subpoenas, interrogatories, requests for production of documents, requests for admissions, and depositions. A motorcycle/bicycle accident lawyer will know exactly what needs to be done to obtain sufficient evidence to prove your case.
Many people who are injured in motorcycle or bicycle accidents merely rely on insurance to settle the situation. Unfortunately, insurance policies do not always adequately compensate for all of the injuries suffered. Insurance policies may also have limitations on what types of injuries they cover and may have payout limits which prohibit settlement amounts beyond a certain sum. A Lancaster motorcycle/bicycle accident lawyer will make sure that insurance adjusters understand the full extent of damages claimed. An accident lawyer will negotiate with insurance adjusters to try and achieve a fair result.
In some situations, insurance providers refuse to admit liability or the otherwise they limit their settlement offer to an insufficient amount. In these situations, a motorcycle/bicycle accident lawyer can pursue your claim for damages through the court system. Claims made through the court process are required to comply with rules of pleading, procedure and evidence. Those who choose to represent themselves may find this process to be very complex and confusing. Those who choose to represent themselves are given no mercy for their unfamiliarity with the law and are expected to follow all requirements. Because of this, persons with accident claims are better served if they have an attorney representing them throughout the process.
Victims of motorcycle and bicycle accidents should look for a lawyer that has experience with motorcycle and bicycle accidents. They should inquire about the lawyer’s specific understanding of laws related to operation of motorcycle or bicycle. An experienced motorcycle/bicycle accident lawyer should know the process to follow and should be able to tell you the strengths and weaknesses of your potential claim. A motorcycle/bicycle accident lawyer should be able to give you in general idea about what to expect throughout the process and what would be an ideal outcome.
The legal team at El Dabe Law Firm has experience specifically with accidents involving motorcycle or bicycle victims. They are familiar with various laws related to motorcycle and bicycle operation. They are also familiar with the laws intended to protect motorcycle and bicycle operators. They have handled several cases and achieved many positive results. Contact El Dabe Law Firm to schedule a legal consultation and receive answers to questions that you may have.