Have you ever been on a road trip across Wyoming on your bike? If so, you know just how beautiful and varied the scenery is. But with that beauty comes danger, as any experienced rider knows. Even the most cautious riders can find themselves in an accident if they’re not careful.
Motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer severe injuries or death in an accident than other drivers. Additionally, motorcycle accidents may be complicated. The underlying cause may be unclear to the untrained eye. Factors that are unimportant in other automobile accidents may make a big difference in motorbike accidents.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a motorcycle accident, you should contact a Wyoming motorcycle accident lawyer at Parker and McConkie Law Firm. Our Wyoming personal injury law firm has helped many clients recover compensation for their personal injury damages. We can do so for you too! Schedule a free consultation with us by calling (385) 220-0383 or submitting your case details through our online contact form.
To help you achieve justice and recover your losses, our Wyoming motorcycle accident lawyers will execute the following:
1. Investigate your motorcycle accident case
Our legal team will evaluate all of the facts in your case and assist you in determining the appropriate amount of economic and non-economic damages. Our motorcycle injury lawyers will examine your property damage, medical bills, and time lost from work to determine the appropriate amount of compensation you are entitled to receive. They will also examine videos of the accident scene and police records and speak with witnesses to establish liability.
Being involved in a motorcycle crash that is more likely to result in serious injuries and trauma may damage your quality of life. Our Wyoming motorcycle accident attorney can assist you with estimating the pain and suffering you’ve endured and the resulting decline in the quality of your life.
2. Organize paperwork and navigate bureaucracy
You’ll need more than a working knowledge of the law to file a personal injury lawsuit or settle a motorcycle accident claim. The right legal counsel can assist you in gathering your medical bills, offering assistance, answering your concerns and questions, filing essential paperwork, and reviewing your insurance policy details.
3. Negotiate a settlement
Once you have completed treatment for your injuries and collected your medical documents, our Wyoming motorcycle accident lawyer will submit a demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurance company. Following that, talks with your attorney will start. If we cannot reach an agreement, you will have an option to file a lawsuit.
4. Take your case to court
Litigation is the most time-consuming step in the claim process, potentially prolonging the life of your claim by one or two years. If you decide to bring a case, be aware that you may appear before a judge and jury. We will also be your legal representative at this stage.
Wyoming motorcycle laws are set to safeguard riders from risk. Before riding your motorcycle on a Wyoming road, you should be aware of the following restrictions:
Wyoming’s off-road riding rules are lessened. However, motorcyclists must still adhere to all motorcycle laws when on Wyoming highways.
Immediately after a motorbike accident, you should take the following steps, if possible:
• Call the cops and make a report;
• Photograph the accident site, including any damage to your motorcycle;
• Identify any witnesses and ask for their contact info;
• Keep receipts for motorbike repair expenses;
• Keep a record of lost wages;
• Keep copies of all medical files and invoices, from ambulance costs to prescription medications; and
• Contact a Wyoming motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your possible motorcycle accident claims.
Avoid an aggressive confrontation with the other motorist. Maintain your composure and allow law enforcement personnel to perform their duties when they come.
After hitting a motorbike, the at-fault driver may sometimes try to leave the accident scene. If the driver runs, try to recall as much information about the car as possible, including the license plate number, make, model, and color, to assist police authorities in tracking the liable driver.
Most motorcycle accidents in Wyoming involve other motor vehicles, and another driver’s carelessness often causes incidents. The most common causes of motorbike accidents include:
• Distracted Driving. Motorists may be distracted while driving by chatting or texting, changing the GPS, eating, drinking, smoking, etc. Taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds increases your risk of being involved in an accident. When a motorist is accused of using a cell phone, an attorney may probe the driver’s mobile phone to prove their conduct.
• Driving Under the Influence. Drivers who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs have a high probability of causing an accident since they often lack concentration and coordination.
• Speeding. It is one of the top causes of many motorbike accidents. Motorcycles are simple, cheap, and can achieve high speeds quickly. These features make them more desirable to customers, but they also make them more challenging. The faster you drive, the harder it is to reflect changes on the road ahead.
• Reckless Driving. Accidents may occur when motorists or motorcyclists drive aggressively, exceed the legal speed limit, drive distractedly, or tailgate the car in front of them.
• Mechanical Issues. There are mechanical problems with either the vehicle that hit you or your bike, such as deflated or ill-fitting tires, faulty brakes, or damaged steering systems. A poorly maintained (or designed) bike can spin out, struggle to stop, and cause rollover crashes.
• Road and Weather Conditions. Roadway conditions are one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Even minor road flaws might trigger a motorbike accident, like poorly lighted roads, poorly marked curves or merging zones, and hidden driveways. You may not think of weather conditions as a factor in motorcycle accidents, but each season and weather change impact roadways.
• Failure to Yield. Negligent drivers fail to yield the right of way to motorbikes, either because they don’t notice the rider or deliberately break traffic laws. For example, a car may turn in front of a motorcycle, triggering a collision. This type of motorbike mishap typically results in a fatal head-on collision.
The most common motorcycle accident injury is damage to the lower limbs, although injuries to the chest and head are also frequent.
The following are some of the injuries that a motorcycle rider may get in a collision:
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
• Broken or amputated limbs
• Broken ribs
• Spinal cord injuries
• Internal bleeding
• Organ damage
• Facial disfigurement
In a motorcycle accident lawsuit, victims may be entitled to various types of compensation, including economic and non-economic damages.
We can help determine the damages you may be entitled to and secure fair compensation for your losses.
A. Economic Compensation
You may be entitled to recover economic damages for the following:
B. Non-economic Damage
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, pay accident victims for their pain and suffering as a result of the accident. Life has changed permanently for some motorcycle accident victims, and they may never be able to live independently or participate in activities they enjoyed before the event.
Individuals who suffer catastrophic injuries may be entitled to significant non-economic damages, which may include the following:
However, economic and non-economic losses are very case-specific. A Wyoming motorcycle injury attorney can examine your case and determine the compensation you or a loved one may be entitled to.
You have four years from the accident date to bring a lawsuit in Wyoming for personal injury cases. However, bear in mind that there are certain exceptions and other rules.
For instance, if a person dies in a motorbike accident, they may have two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit. Certain situations may demand an extension of these dates.
Ensure that you grasp the regulations that apply to your situation by speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Wyoming before it is too late.
To show that the other motorist caused your injury, you must prove that they were careless. As a legal term, negligence requires that the driver meets four criteria.
We’ll make it our mission to assist you in getting through this challenging period while actively pursuing the financial recovery you deserve. Here are some reasons to hire Parker & McConkie:
• We have 40 years of experience in helping personal injury claims.
• We have a proven track record.
• We are available 24/7.
• We’d be glad to discuss your legal options.
• We’ll propose a plan.
• We’ll guide you throughout the legal process.
• We are well-versed in Wyoming’s personal injury law.
• We’ll make every attempt to improve your situation.
• We will provide free consultation and don’t charge until we win.
• We’ll get you medical help.
• We’ll represent you in insurance negotiations.
• We’ll represent you in court if necessary.
• We won’t stop until you’ve been paid in full.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parker & McConkie. With over four decades of experience representing injury victims throughout Wyoming, we know how to get results for our clients. We offer free consultations protected by an attorney-client relationship. We will fight for the best possible outcome for our injured clients.
Contact us today to speak with one of our Wyoming motorcycle accident attorneys and discover how we can guide you in recovering from your motorcycle accident.
Reach us at (385) 220-0383. Also, you may arrange your free consultation by completing our online form.
Call 801-845-0440 to get in touch with a member of our firm after your accident. We can review your case for free!