Motorcycles are dangerous, as they are more likely to cause serious injury or death to a rider than someone in a car or truck. However, if injuries to a motorcyclist are caused due to the negligence of another person, there is an alaska motorcycle accident lawyer able to help the injured party obtain any compensation deserved for the injuries and other damages sustained, including property damage.
Motorcyclists are twenty-six times more likely to suffer a fatal accident than those in an automobile, due to some or more of different factors including (a) having two wheels creates a greater likelihood of losing balance, especially when compared to four or more wheels of other vehicles on the road; (b) the lack of external frames affords motorcycle riders far less protection than cars and trucks that have such solid enclosures; (c) the fact that motorcycles are smaller makes them harder for other vehicles on the road to see; (d) motorcycles typically lack airbags and other modern safety features found in cars such as lane departure warnings; and (e) motorcyclists are noisier and make it harder to hear things car horns, skids, etc.
An experienced Alaska motorcycle accident lawyer knows these reasons and is able to use them to positively convince a trial judge or jury to find in favor of the victim, notwithstanding the inherent danger known when it comes to motorcycle operators and passengers.
And there may be a variety of persons and/or companies to sue in a motorcycle accident case. Indeed, any good faith claim should be brought because, after two years, you are forever barred from bringing a claim against anyone.
Obviously, if you collide with another motor vehicle, the driver and owner of that vehicle are viable defendants.
If you wipe out on uneven or debris-filled roads, the persons or companies responsible for keeping the roads clean and safe are viable defendants.
If you lose traction and wipe out in or near a construction site because a person or entity neglected to (1) properly clean the area, (2) provide warning signs that the area was unsafe or (3) rope off or otherwise barricade the dangerous areas, said person or entity is a viable defendant.
Notwithstanding all the possible defendants, a qualified Alaska motorcycle accident lawyer knows that settlement is often the best result, especially in light of the fact that more than 95% of cases are resolved through a negotiated settlement.
When it comes to the risk of trial in a motorcycle accident case, you and your attorney must consider that: (a) the inherent bias against motorcycle operators because non-bikers view bikers as risk-takers that often travel at high rates of speed and careless for the safety of themselves or others; (b) the level of injury for which you seek to recover must be proven, whether it be (1) economic damages (i.e. medical bills, lost wages, and other objective numbers) and (2) non-economic damages, (i.e. pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc.); (c) insurance levels limit your recovery, so that a jury verdict of $100,000.00 is essentially worthless if the defendant only carried a policy limit of $25,000.00.
Be sure to retain an experienced attorney to prosecute your motorcycle accident claim.