As home to the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, South Dakota welcomes its share of motorcyclists. With the increased summer bike traffic, unfortunately, come greater numbers of motorcycle accidents and fatalities, which can lead to the belief that bikers are reckless and dangerous motorists. This biased assumption, however, is false.
More often than not, a South Dakota motorcycle accident involving another vehicle is caused by the other vehicle. That means it’s very possible that you were the victim of a negligent motorist who was driving recklessly, was impaired, or was violating traffic laws. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you file a successful claim for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Focusing on Your Treatment and Recovery After a Motorcycle Accident
Because the severe injuries common in motorcycle accidents can lead to high settlements, the defendant’s insurance company will work hard to dispute your claim, offer you a low award, and claim you were partially or fully at fault.
If you’re suffering from a serious injury like brain trauma, adjusting to a disability, and/or on medication, it will be very hard for you to fight the insurance company on your own. While you focus on your recovery, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can:
- Investigate your accident thoroughly
- Put a dollar amount on your pain and suffering
- Negotiate with the insurance company
- Fight for you in court if your case should go to trial
Mistakes to Avoid After a Motorcycle Accident
Many victims of motorcycle accidents hurt their chances to receive fair compensation by not knowing the right steps to take or the mistakes to avoid immediately after the accident. The sooner you consult an attorney, the more likely you are to avoid the common mistakes that can weaken your case and reduce your award.
Overcoming Biker Bias
If your case should go to trial, your lawyer can prepare you for that proceeding and help you to overcome any prejudice on the part of the judge or jurors against motorcycle riders. Accurate bike crash statistics, your own good driving record, and other helpful data will be integrated into your case by your attorney.
Have You Been Injured in a South Dakota Motorcycle Accident? Contact Our Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today.
Take the first step toward fair compensation by consulting an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Contact us online, start a chat, or call us at 605-306-4100 to schedule a free consultation. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no attorney fees until we win your case.