Washington, D.C. Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents are much more dangerous than car accidents and have a high potential for causing serious or life-threatening injuries. Motorcycle deaths occur 27 times more often than deaths in other vehicles that crash, according to recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, it is in your best interest to hire a qualified Washington, D.C. motorcycle accident lawyer who is well-versed in defending the rights of motorcyclists who have suffered injury and losses from an accident. An attorney can fight for your right to the compensation that is owed to you.
At Goldberg Finnegan, our personal injury attorneys charge no upfront fees of any kind, and we receive compensation only if we are able to help you obtain compensation. Our free consultation is confidential and there is no obligation, so contact us today to see how we can help you with your case.
Call (888) 213-8140 for a free consultation with a Washington, D.C. motorcycle accident attorney.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Crash
There are several things you should do after a motorcycle accident to help protect your health and safety and your claim for compensation, including:
- Call 911 and seek medical attention.
- Write down the name, address and license plate of other drivers involved.
- Write down the insurance information and policy number of other drivers involved.
- Take pictures and photos of the scene, including damage and injuries.
- Tell the police everything that happened in the accident.
Be sure to follow all of the instructions your medical professional gives you, including taking prescribed medications and attending follow-up doctor’s visits. If you do not do these things, the insurance company or attorney for the at-fault party may argue that you are not really injured. This could make it more difficult for your attorney to negotiate fair compensation.
After you have received your initial medical attention, seek legal assistance. Our Washington, D.C. motorcycle accident lawyers can take care of the details on your behalf, including communicating with the insurance company, so you can focus on your health and getting your life back on track.
Dealing with the insurance company on your own can be a bad idea. The insurance company will try to strong-arm you into settling for a low amount, or it may even say you are not entitled to receive anything at all. Unfortunately, some accident victims accept a lowball settlement thinking they will not receive a better offer. Some accident victims do not know the full value of their claim. These are all reasons why it can be to your benefit to work with an experienced attorney.
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Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Crashes
Do not wait to contact a seasoned lawyer to handle your motorcycle accident case, because D.C. Code 12-301(8) (2016) allows only three years from the date of injury, or from the date the injury was discovered, to file a claim for compensation. Once three years passes, you lose the right to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue compensation for your damages.
This deadline is called a statute of limitations, and every jurisdiction in the U.S. has these statutes to prevent claims from being filed too long after an incident occurred. Because it takes time to prepare a claim and file a case if necessary, it is best to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer in Washington, D.C. as soon as possible after your accident.
You may be thinking that the statute of limitations does not matter because you are going to pursue insurance compensation. However, sometimes attorneys are not able to obtain fair compensation from the insurance company. This means their only other option is to file a lawsuit.
If you wait to contact an attorney, he or she will have less time to file a lawsuit if your insurance claim is unsuccessful. The statute of limitations does not stop running just because your attorney is filing an insurance claim.
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Types of Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcycles are very different from enclosed or passenger vehicles, so the types of accidents can be different and more dangerous, including:
- Left-hand turns
- Cars merging into the motorcycle’s lane
- Road hazards, such as loose gravel
- Going too fast through a turn or slipping out
- Lane splitting
Vehicles making a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle is the most frequent cause of accidents involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle. The vehicle may make a left in front of the bike because the driver did not see the rider, whether the bike is coming the opposite direction or is trying to pass the vehicle. This is why motorcyclists must be especially careful to avoid this danger.
Head-on collisions are the most dangerous type of accident regardless of the type of vehicle involved, but motorcycle crashes have a higher percentage of fatalities than those involving closed vehicles. Bikers do not have the protection around them as do those inside an enclosed vehicle, so motorcyclists are very vulnerable in this type of situation.
Also, older motorcyclists tend to suffer more serious injuries than do younger motorcyclists, according to an eight-year Brown University study of emergency-room data. Older riders should take extra precaution when riding and avoid dangerous situations.
Motorcycle accidents occur in very high numbers due to alcohol or drug use and due to speeding, just like other accidents. But the consequences of motorcyclists engaging in this reckless driving behavior tends to be more severe for the biker than for the motorist.
Types of Injuries from a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents tend to cause more damage to the motorcycle and more injury to the motorcyclist than to a passenger vehicle and its occupants. The motorcyclist does not have the protection of surrounding metal and seat cushions like motorists do.
Therefore, motorcycle riders who are involved in an accident frequently suffer injuries such as:
- Broken bones, including compound fractures
- Dislocations, including dislocated wrists, elbows and shoulders
- Concussion or other head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Permanent disfigurement
- Permanent nerve damage
- Internal bleeding
Every motorcyclist or motorist who is involved in an accident should seek medical attention. A medical professional can determine what injuries occurred as a direct result of the accident and can prescribe treatment or further medical evaluation. He or she can also document the fact that an accident was the cause of your injuries.
Internal injuries usually require immediate treatment by a medical professional. Internal organs that have been injured are not always obvious, and this type of injury can cause internal bleeding, which can lead to serious health problems and even death if left untreated.
After you have received thorough medical treatment, contact Goldberg Finnegan. A motorcycle accident attorney in Washington, D.C. will evaluate your case and investigate whether you are owed compensation for the injuries and damages you suffered.
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Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
Auto accidents and motorcycle accidents tend to cause several things that result in financial costs, including:
- Emergency room visits
- Damage to your motorcycle
- Lost wages from lost time at work
- Lost earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
The Washington, D.C. motorcycle accident attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan can evaluate all of the costs and expenses that resulted from your crash. We have experts who know how to calculate the value of the damages and losses you endured, and we will fight for your right to the compensation you deserve.
Compensation if You Were Partially At-Fault
The district of Washington, D.C. has very strict laws governing contributory negligence. If a driver or biker in our district is even one percent responsible for an accident, then he or she cannot obtain compensatory damages.
If you were over the age of 16 at the time of the accident and were not wearing a helmet, this factor cannot be held against you as evidence of negligence, per Washington, D.C. law.
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Why Do I Need an Attorney?
After a motorcycle accident, there are lots of things that seem to happen all at once. You may have:
- Medical bills piling up
- Missed work and lost income
- Property damage
- Regular bills going unpaid
- Insurance companies trying to convince you to settle
These are all reasons why you need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Washington, D.C. who knows how to help you obtain the compensation you need and get back on your feet. Your attorney will:
- Obtain a copy of the police report from the accident
- Collect your employment records to prove lost wages
- Obtain your medical records from injuries you sustained
- Talk to any witnesses
- Review photos and videos from the scene
- Hire a medical professional to evaluate your condition if necessary
- Take care of all communications with the insurance company on your behalf
Be sure to seek a Washington, D.C. motorcycle accident lawyer who has the following qualifications:
- Years of experience in personal injury law, including experience with motorcycle accident cases
- Proven success in helping clients obtain maximum compensation
- A reputation of aggressively fighting for his or her clients
The motorcycle accident lawyers in Washington, D.C. of Goldberg Finnegan handle cases like yours every day. We have helped our clients obtain millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries and losses, and we can put that experience to work on your case.
Our team is ready to talk to you. Call (888) 213-8140 for a free consultation.
How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?
Many people think they cannot afford an attorney, but the law firm of Goldberg Finnegan charges absolutely no upfront fees, and we only get paid if our clients get paid.
It is called working on contingency. That means our motorcycle accident lawyers in Washington, D.C. will do all the work so you do not have to, and we get a portion of the compensation we are able to obtain compensation.
Our consultation is free, and our discussions with you are completely confidential. There is no obligation and therefore no risk to you. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
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Contact a Knowledgeable Attorney Today
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to get in touch with a skilled Washington, D.C. motorcycle accident lawyer who understands exactly what you are going through. The law firm of Goldberg Finnegan has many decades of combined experience handling injury cases that resulted from accidents on the roadways, and we know how to take care of all the details so you can focus on healing.
Contact our motorcycle accident attorneys in Washington, D.C. today to tell us everything that happened in your motorcycle accident and everything that has happened as a result. Our legal team can manage every aspect of your case, and you only pay us if we are able to help you obtain compensation. That way, you can concentrate on getting your life back to normal again after your accident.