Below are answers to questions people commonly ask our firm after a motorcycle crash. These answers generally apply in California, BUT SOMETIMES EXCEPTIONS MAY APPLY. RELY ON YOUR OWN ATTORNEY FOR DETERMINING WHETHER AN EXPECTION APPLIES TO YOU. Only by consulting an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can you be sure your rights are fully protected.
After being injured in a motorcycle crash, obtaining immediate medical care should be your first priority. Then, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
It’s important to act quickly to afford your lawyer the opportunity to gather and preserve evidence that might fade with time. That way, he or she can better show what happened and who was at fault. CaseyGerry has two full-time investigators to enable us to move fast to protect our clients. There is also a statute of limitations for motorcycle crash lawsuits. After that time has passed, you could be barred from filing a lawsuit.
You have two years to sue from the date of the of the crash, or the judge may deny your claim. When the injured victim is a minor, the two-year period does not begin to run until they turn 18 years old, so they can file at any time before they turn 20.
If a governmental entity is involved, you must file a claim within six months of the accident or the judge may deny your claim, whether or not you are a minor.
Seeking medical help right away is important. The shock and adrenaline of a crash could mask the severity of your injuries for a while. In a few days, what might have once felt minor could be debilitating. The sooner you seek medical care, the sooner a professional can identify and treat any injuries you sustained. Further, having medical records immediately following the crash can be instrumental in showing the extent of the harm the negligent person caused.
Anyone who was responsible for the crash – whether fully or partially – might be a defendant in your case. These people and entities might include:
An investigation by an experienced legal team will determine whose actions led to crash and thus who should be a defendant.
Every motorcycle crash case is different. The value of each case depends on a variety of factors, such as:
Depending on your individual circumstances, you may be able to recover compensatory damages (to cover medical bills, lost wages, property damage, etc.), pain and suffering, and in some cases, rarely awarded punitive damages meant to punish the defendant for particularly immoral behavior.
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can review the circumstances of your case to determine what your claim may be worth. You can reach CaseyGerry by calling 619-238-1811 or filling out our online form.