Collecting Compensation after a Motorcycle Accident
Because motorcycles lack the protective barriers offered by cars, motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries and significant medical bills. The legal firm of Tipp Coburn Schandelson PC has served the community of Missoula, MT, for over 57 years. We understand how difficult the aftermath of this type of incident can be and can assemble a strong case for you as you navigate the complexities of a motor vehicle accident lawsuit. A motorcycle accident attorney from our practice can help you collect the compensation you need to rebuild your life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our office online or call us at (406) 549-5186 today to begin building your case.
Because they are more exposed to their environment than other motor vehicle operators, motorcyclists face unique risks on the road. The most common danger is the inattention of fellow drivers. As smaller visual targets, motorcyclists are easily obscured from view by other vehicles or road and weather conditions. Because they do not have a metal framework to protect them, a collision is often significantly more dangerous to motorcyclists than other drivers.
Furthermore, road hazards that are minor for a car can become life-threatening for a motorcycle rider. Possible obstacles include:
- Oil slicks
- Ruts or uneven pavement
- Railroad tracks
While speed “wobble” accidents are also fairly common at high-speeds, they are usually the result of manufacturer error and are thus bettered suited as product liability lawsuits. Whichever specific realm your case falls into, however, our team can help you build a strong case for compensation.
Effects of Motorcycle Accidents
Due to the nature of the vehicle, motorcycle accidents can produce devastating effects. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that in 2015, the number of motorcycle deaths was nearly 29 times the number for cars per mile traveled. An untimely death can have a devastating emotional and financial impact on the victim’s family for years to come. Catastrophic injuries, such as head trauma or spinal cord injury, can also leave motorcyclists with long-term disability and lasting medical expenses.
Seeking Compensation in Montana
Whether your accident was caused by another individual’s negligence or product defects, you may be entitled to compensation. The team at Tipp Coburn Schandelson can help you collect damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earning potential
- Reduced quality of life
- Property damage
In some cases, victims of motorcycle accidents can also pursue compensatory awards for the pain and suffering experienced as a result of the incident.
However, the state of Montana is governed by comparative fault laws. These laws dictate that those people seeking compensation must prove they were less than 50 percent at fault for the accident or they cannot recover any damages. The court will determine what percentage of fault you hold, which affects the monetary compensation you receive.
Advocating for You
Our team of motor vehicle accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients. Schedule your initial case evaluation today by contacting our office online or calling (406) 549-5186.
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