Motorcyclists are particularly exposed on the road. Motorists should react to that exposure by offering motorcyclists greater care – signaling earlier, driving more slowly, and navigating turns and dangerous obstacles with care. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to look out for motorcyclists. That negligence can lead to devastating accidents.
What can you do, though, if you fall victim to the consequences of someone else’s negligence? When in doubt, reach out to the motorcycle accident attorneys in South Bend. The team with Vaughan & Vaughan can help you take the party responsible for your accident to civil court.
You can book a FREE, no-obligation motorcycle accident case evaluation with our South Bend personal injury lawyers today.
How to Hold a Negligent Party Accountable for Your Motorcycle Accident
There are a few different ways to hold another party accountable for the negligence that led to your motorcycle accident. The method you use can depend on the severity of your losses in addition to the circumstances that led to your accident. Our team recommends that you:
Connect With an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
You do not have to work with an attorney to build a case against the party responsible for your motorcycle accident. You do have the right to represent your own best interests. That said, civil law can prove complicated for the average person to break down. If you’re contending with serious injuries on top of financial losses, you may not have the time to learn civil law.
Personal injury lawyers in South Bend understand that you have a lot of demands limiting the time you can spend investigating your losses. That’s why we offer to step in and manage your case. Our team brings decades of combined experience to an investigation of your motorcycle accident.
That experience can make it easier for us to break down the cause behind your accident while also identifying the parties that may bear responsibility for your losses. We can also more effectively stay on top of your statute of limitations, thereby preserving your right to legal action even if you have other demands on your plate.
Use Evidence to Assign Responsibility for Your Losses
You can’t hold someone liable for your motorcycle accident unless you have evidence indicating that they engaged in roadway misconduct. You need to submit evidence of that misconduct alongside your demand for compensation if you want South Bend’s civil courts to approve your right to move a claim forward.
You do not have to gather the data relevant to your case on your own. If you have a South Bend motorcycle crash lawyer on your side, our team can return to the accident scene to find the evidence most relevant to your case. We can then analyze that evidence, call on our professional network, and expand your case until it is ready to file.
Establish the Value of Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Motorcycle accident claims primarily help you financially recover from the financial stress of your recovery. Before you can demand compensation, though, you need to determine the overall value of your case. You do this by finding the sum value of your economic and non-economic losses. Those losses then entitle you to damages that either meet or exceed the losses’ value.
The losses you can integrate into your motorcycle accident claim can include the following:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Lost opportunities for work
- Reduced quality of life
- Property damage and replacement
- Property repairs
- Emergency medical care
- Long-term medical expenses
- Pain management
You can count on Vaughan & Vaughan to help you maximize your right to accident compensation in the face of ever-mounting bills. If you have questions about the compensation you may deserve for your losses, you can book a free case evaluation with our team within days of your accident.
When to Reach Out to an Insurance Provider
There’s a good chance that the party responsible for your accident has insurance protecting them from the financial fallout of your accident. If this is the case, and the party in question isn’t underinsured or uninsured, you can file a claim with the provider to get financial support for your most immediate losses.
Unfortunately, insurance claims adjusters aren’t your friends. These parties serve their employers first, their clients second, and you third. You can expect an insurance claims adjuster to attempt to minimize your losses or even outright deny your claim. You don’t have to stand for that bad-faith behavior, though.
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney in South Bend can help you stand up to an insurance provider that won’t recognize the severity of your losses. We can stand with you during an initial conversation with an insurance claims adjuster and help you take responsive action if the provider continues to deny your right to support.
When to File Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
Indiana’s personal injury statute of limitations controls the amount of time you have to file a motorcycle accident claim after your collision. Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4 allows you to take up to two years to investigate the specific circumstances that led to your crash. You must bring all of the information necessary to kickstart your case forward within those two years.
If you miss your filing deadline, it can prove significantly more challenging than it needs to be to demand fair compensation for your losses. Many judges will outright waive your right to legal action. If you’re concerned that you may not have the flexibility to bring your claim forward, consider scheduling a case evaluation with our team.
South Bend motorcycle accident lawyers can help you make the most of your filing deadline without introducing more stress into your life.
Take Action Against Negligent Parties Today
You can hold negligent drivers accountable for roadway misconduct in the days, weeks, and months following a motorcycle accident. You don’t have to investigate the negligence that led to your accident without help, though. You can connect with the motorcycle accident attorneys in South Bend to garner professional support.
That support can make it easier for you and your loved ones to prioritize your recovery without waiving your right to legal action. Ready to learn more? You can get in touch with Vaughan & Vaughan today to book a free case evaluation. Don’t let your statute of limitations expire! Contact us now.