A Coeur d’Alene Motorcycle Accident Attorney For You
In the city, motorcycles offer a practical way to get around, and outside of the city, they are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors. Idaho has the weather and scenic drives that make riding a motorcycle one of life’s greatest pleasures. Unfortunately, though, accidents can and do happen – in many cases because drivers fail to see riders or respect their right to the road. If you or a family member suffered injuries in an accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation. That is where a motorcycle accident lawyer in Coeur d’Alene at Sargent Law Firm can help.
Why are motorcycle accidents often severe?
Due to the exposed nature of riding a motorcycle, motorcycle accident victims often experience much more severe injuries than those involved in other motor vehicle accidents. This is because they do not have a protective cage around them like other drivers.
Motorcycle accidents are also difficult for riders to prevent. Other drivers often fail to see motorcycles, leading to collisions. No matter your experience level and carefulness as a motorcyclist, you are still at the mercy of the motorists on the road.
What type of damages can I recover after a motorcycle accident?
If another driver was at fault in the accident that caused your injuries, you may be entitled to receive compensation for a number of damages, including:
- Medical costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Damage to your motorcycle and other property
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
Coeur d’Alene motorcycle accident attorney Ryan Sargent can identify all possible damages in your case, and ensure you have the proof necessary to present them to the insurance company and in court.
How does liability work in Idaho?
Idaho is a fault state, meaning that the person who was at fault for the accident is liable for personal injury or property damage, and his or her insurance policy will usually be looked to first for compensation for these losses.
Under Idaho law, there are a number of ways that victims can recover compensation from the liable parties after a motorcycle accident. Victims can:
- Seek compensation from the liable party’s insurance company
- File suit against the liable party
- File an insurance claim under their own policy (depending on their coverage)
It is important to note that in some cases more than one person shares the responsibility in causing a collision. When this occurs, the compensation received from each of the liable parties correlates to the amount of fault assigned to them by the court. This is called comparative fault or comparative negligence. If you are partially at fault, your compensation will be reduced accordingly.
Once you file a personal injury suit, you will be required to prove that the accident was the fault of the other driver or drivers, and you were not at fault. The key in getting the maximum compensation possible is being able to prove your actions did not contribute to the crash. This may require an extensive investigation and aggressive advocacy from an attorney, depending on the facts of your accident.
Contact the Sargent Law Firm in Coeur d’Alene
Motorcycle accident attorney Ryan Sargent understands the laws regarding motorcycle accidents and takes pride in fighting for injured motorcycle riders. If you or a loved one suffered serious or fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact us for a free case consultation.
We are dedicated to helping motorcycle accident victims in Idaho obtain the monetary compensation they deserve. Contact us at (208) 996-8807 now to schedule a free consultation.