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A motorcycle wreck can be physically and psychologically devastating. From traumatic brain injuries to post-traumatic stress disorder, a motorcyclist can suffer in many ways from the careless or reckless acts of a driver. At Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, we care about injured motorcycle accident victims and know how to hold wrongdoers accountable. We can help you pursue the financial compensation you and your family deserve.
A motorcyclist is vulnerable to serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Even with protective gear such as a helmet or vest, a motorcycle rider can suffer catastrophic injuries – the legal term for injuries that will affect the victim for life. Some of the most common injuries suffered by motorcyclists in collisions include:
It is important not to underestimate the effects of emotional and psychological injuries from motorcycle accidents, as well. Many injured motorcyclists suffer from emotional distress, mental anguish, PTSD, and lost quality of life.
The expenses connected to physical and emotional injuries can be immense. Your family may have to spend thousands of dollars in present and future medical care, such as physical therapy, rehabilitation, medications, and specialists – as well as suffer financial hardship from the inability to go back to work. If you did not cause your motorcycle accident, you may not be responsible for paying for your related expenses.
West Virginia operates on a fault insurance system, meaning the party at fault for causing a motorcycle crash is financially responsible (liable). If another driver caused your motorcycle accident by failing to yield the right-of-way, following too closely, making an unsafe left-hand turn, running a red light, or another careless act, that driver’s insurance company must pay for your related losses.
When dealing with an insurance company during a motorcycle accident claim, be careful what you say to the insurance claims adjuster. This is the professional in charge of reviewing your claim and recommending to the insurance provider whether or not to accept or reject benefits. The claims adjuster is not on your side; his or her main goal is to save the insurance company money by devaluing your claim.
During your conversations with an insurance adjuster, do not admit fault. Do not say that you are uninjured until you have seen a doctor. Keep your answers to questions short and concise. Politely decline to give the adjuster a recorded statement. If your claim is accepted and you are offered a settlement, consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer before saying yes. Once you accept, you cannot renegotiate the amount. A lawyer can review your case and let you know if the offer is adequate for your injuries and losses.
Attorney Jeff Robinette will do everything possible to maximize your results during a motorcycle accident injury claim in Morgantown, West Virginia. We will make sure you and your family have everything you need in the aftermath of a harmful collision. We are dedicated attorneys with years of experience handling motorcycle accident and catastrophic injury claims. Please call our office at (304) 594-1800 or contact us online today to learn more during a free consultation.
“Attorney Robinette was very knowledgeable in his field of expertise. He represented himself in a professional manner, with honesty and dignity. I was always kept well informed and kept up to date on a regular basis. His staff was very courteous and knowledgeable and very patient.”