Motorcycles can be great commuter vehicles in the warmer months and fun to ride. Because motorcyclists share the road with other, larger vehicles like passenger cars, trucks, and buses, riders are at risk of serious personal injury in the case of an accident.
If you are reading this right now, something very bad may have happened to you while you drove a motorcycle on the roads of Vermont and you are looking for a strong (and caring) law firm like ours, to help you:
- Make sure your medical bills are paid and you don’t go into debt,
- Make sure you are treated by the best doctors, so you get the best chance to fully recover
- Make sure you will be paid for the many months you are out of work,
- Make sure they compensate you for all your pain and suffering so you can rest knowing all your bills are paid for, and…
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle crash, consider speaking to a Burlington motorcycle accident lawyer. An experienced injury attorney could meet with you and listen to your story. We could empathize with your situation, evaluate your case, and lay out your options for recovery.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Burlington
Motorcycles often drive the streets and highways in and around Burlington. However common, passenger and other vehicles do not always respect them. Careless driving or failure to share the road are common causes of accidents, including:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Unprotected left turn accident
- Lane splitting
- Sudden stops
- Car doors (getting “doored”)
Additionally, hazardous weather can increase the chance of an accident. For example, conditions that reduce visibility or make surfaces slippery can increase the likelihood of a crash.
The Role of Insurance in Motorcycle Crash Claims
Vermont requires every motorist to have certain minimum liability coverages. These include policies that cover both injuries to others and property damage and uninsured motorist coverage.
The Claim Process
For an injured Burlington motorcyclist, the first course of action may be to pursue an insurance claim through the at-fault party’s insurer. An adjuster assigned to the case will conduct an investigation. The investigation primarily determines the extent of the losses, including severity of bodily injuries and value of damaged or destroyed property, and which party or parties are at fault. Insurance companies use formulas to do this.
Once the adjuster determines fault, they may make you a settlement offer. Settlement offers may be lower than what you could obtain with the help of an attorney. Legal counsel could prepare a demand letter, and advocate for your interests to secure a satisfactory settlement.
If the insurance process is unsuccessful, you can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. The assistance of an attorney may be critical to formulating a legal strategy and executing as the case moves through the civil court system towards trial.
See How a Burlington Motorcycle Accident Attorney Could Help
Treatment for your injuries may be costing you a lot of money. Furthermore, you may be struggling to physically recover and adjust your life to new limitations or necessary accommodations.
An attorney could understand what you are going through and provide guidance through the legal recovery process. We could help you file an insurance claim, negotiate with insurers, or file a lawsuit on your behalf. Get in touch with a Burlington motorcycle accident lawyer today to get started on your case.