Lancaster Motorcycle Accident Injuries Lawyer
If you were injured in a motorbike crash, you may be experiencing physical pain, mental trauma, and financial stress. You may be uncertain about what steps you can take to hold the individuals who caused your accident responsible. If you are in this situation, a Lancaster motorcycle accident injuries lawyer with Schiller & Hamilton may be able to help.
While you focus on your physical and mental health, your personal injury attorney could handle the complexities of filing insurance claims and dealing with frustrating insurance adjustors. They could help you seek the compensation you need and deserve.
Motorcycle Collisions in Lancaster
Bikers are at a considerable disadvantage in the event of a collision. Bikes are much lighter and smaller than other vehicles, which often causes them to bear the brunt of any impact. Motorcyclists lack the protections enjoyed by other drivers, such as the frame of a large vehicle, airbags, and seat belts.
As a result, bikers are far more likely to suffer severe and debilitating injuries in motorcycle accidents. Even if riders wear recommended protections, such as helmets and protective clothing, their risk of injury when ejected from a motorcycle is high. The impact with another motor vehicle, a fixed object, or even the ground can cause immediate and catastrophic injuries.
Steps to Take Following a Lancaster Motorbike Crash
The first step after a Lancaster motorbike wreck should be to seek immediate medical attention. Individuals should also notify the police to make a report. Additionally, the following precautions can help protect a victim’s right to any legal claims that they may have:
- Make no statements about the accident to other parties or witnesses other than to the police.
- Get names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- Take pictures of every detail of the accident scene, including tire marks, debris, visible evidence, and the vehicles.
- Document injuries through written descriptions and pictures from the date of the accident until they are fully healed.
Individuals also should take the time to write down their account of the incident, including all events that occurred leading up to, during, and after the crash. Individuals should also notify their insurance companies of the accident. Still, they should refrain from giving any written or oral statements until after consulting with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Lancaster.
How We Prove Liability After a Lancaster Motorcycle Crash
Before we can pursue monetary damages against someone for your losses from a motorbike collision, we must establish that they are legally liable to you. We must prove all four of these elements:
- The defendant owed you a legal duty of care. Everyone who operates a car, truck, or another motor vehicle on public streets must follow traffic laws and drive carefully.
- The individual breached their legal duty of care. Let’s say the person who caused the accident was driving another vehicle. They were speeding and driving recklessly because they were running late for work. Driving recklessly and exceeding the speed limit are both violations of the traffic laws and the duty of care, so the driver was negligent.
- The careless conduct must have caused or contributed to the accident. The other driver did not see your motorcycle when changing lanes because of their speeding and reckless driving. The negligence caused the collision.
- You must have quantifiable losses from the accident to pursue a claim for monetary damages against the at-fault party. Physical injury satisfies the requirement of measurable losses.
If the negligence of more than one party caused the motorbike crash that wounded you, we might be able to make an injury claim against multiple people.
Injuries and Damages to Recover After a Motorcycle Accident
The potential for motorcyclists to sustain severe and long-lasting injuries is high. In some cases, these injuries may prevent individuals from returning to their former occupations and may necessitate ongoing medical care and treatment. From broken bones to soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries to head injuries, motorcyclists may incur thousands of dollars in medical bills and be unable to work during their periods of recovery, if not permanently.
Available compensation in motorbike crash claims may include both economic and non-economic damages. Common economic damages include compensation for financial losses, such as lost current and future wages, medical bills, surgical expenses, and rehabilitation costs. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Regardless of the nature and extent of the damages involved, a motorcycle accident attorney in Lancaster may be able to build a strong personal injury claim on behalf of victims and their families.
Three Pitfalls to Avoid After a Lancaster Motorcycle Crash
You might understandably assume that the amount of compensation you deserve gets determined at the time of the collision, but events that can happen weeks or months later could take some of that money out of your pocket by decreasing the amount of your monetary damages. Here are a few suggestions of things you might want to know about:
- Recorded statement. The claims adjuster will likely ask you to give a recorded statement in which the adjuster asks you questions and records your answers. We do not advise our clients to participate in recorded statements. These things can only hurt your case because the adjuster can piece together different parts of your answers to create something you did not say or intend to say. They could even blame you for the crash.
- Settling before completing your medical treatment. If you grab a quick settlement offer before you finish the treatment your doctor prescribed, you do not know if you will need additional medical procedures, such as surgery, or if you will have a long-term disability. Once you settle, you will not get more money for these things. Also, you might have to pay for additional treatment out of your pocket.
- Accepting a lowball offer. Personal injury attorneys and insurance defense lawyers know how much money juries tend to award in cases like yours, but you do not have access to this kind of information. If you try to handle your claim without a lawyer, you might find out later that your claim was worth much more money than you received.
These are just a few examples of the many honest mistakes that could harm your claim’s financial value. We provide legal advice and guidance to our clients on how to protect their right to compensation.
How You Can Afford to Hire a Lawyer Without Any Upfront Legal Fees
You might assume you have to handle your Lancaster motorcycle injury claim without a lawyer because you cannot afford to pay a fee deposit, but that is not how personal injury cases work. South Carolina law allows us to take personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not have to pay any upfront attorney’s fees.
You might have had another legal matter in which the lawyer charged attorney fees by the hour, such as a divorce case. The fee structure is entirely different in contingency fee matters. We do not get paid until the end of the case, and then we get a fixed percentage of the settlement or jury verdict. In other words, we get paid only when you win. So yes, you can afford to have a lawyer if you wish to hire one.
Five-Star Testimonials From Our Clients
You might look up online reviews about restaurants or stores before going to them, so why not do the same before choosing a Lancaster motorcycle accident lawyer to handle your injury claim?
Here are some of our many five-star testimonials on Google:
- “Joel Hamilton and his team are excellent! My son was injured in a car crash and from day one they took care of the details. Aside from the legal components, they also checked in on our emotional status. Our situation was traumatic, scary, and not something we had any knowledge of how to handle. Joel and his knowledgeable and experienced team managed it well.” Alison M.
- “If anyone needs a good, professional lawyer then go to Schiller & Hamilton. I am a widow that has been treated as if I was their family member. I have not had to worry about one thing. As the saying goes “Joel has got your back”. And he truly has taken care of all issues concerning my auto accident. Give their office a chance to help you with your legal issues, you won’t be sorry!!” Bev Landers
- “Treated me like family. Professional and took all the worry and paperwork from me and let me just worry about getting better. Checked on me even after case was over. Joel and Dana were great. The whole staff was super friendly.” Frank M.
When we handle personal injury claims, our clients get to relax and focus on getting better because they know we are taking care of their legal matters. They do not have the stress of battling with the insurance company.
There Is a Deadline for Taking Legal Action for Your Personal Injuries in S.C.
South Carolina limits the time you have to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party seeking compensation for your losses. After the deadline passes, you can no longer take legal action for the harm you suffered in the accident.
Even if you prefer to negotiate a settlement rather than litigate, you still must pay attention to the filing deadline, also called the statute of limitations. The insurance company will not pay you any money after the filing deadline expires. Both the insurer and the negligent party have no legal liability after that date. Please be sure to talk to a personal injury lawyer right away.
Call a Lancaster Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Advice Today
In some cases, motorcycle wrecks occur due to negligent drivers who disregard traffic signs and signals, disobey traffic laws, or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In other cases, however, motorists fail to notice less visible motorcyclists until it is too late to avoid a crash. Whatever the case may be, a Lancaster motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to represent the interests of motorcyclists injured due to the negligence of others.
South Carolina law places strict timelines on the ability of victims to file personal injury claims. As a result, you should not hesitate to contact legal counsel as quickly as possible following an accident to safeguard any legal claims you may have.
At Schiller & Hamilton, we offer a free initial consultation with no obligation. You can contact us today.