My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious damage, sometimes to the degree that you are permanently disabled. Motorcyclists are expected to follow the same rules of the road as those driving cars. If you are in an accident as a motorcyclist, your first step is to get help for your injuries. Once you know the extent of your injuries and how long you might be out of work, it's a good idea to meet with a personal injury attorney. You can go for a consultation to see if your case has merit. If fault has been established and you are less than 50% at fault, you have the ability to file a personal injury lawsuit for financial compensation because of your losses.
Determining Fault for an Accident
Even though you might be the smaller vehicle, fault is not automatically assigned to the other driver. If you were riding carelessly and were the cause of the accident, you can't receive compensation for your injuries. When the other driver causes the accident, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against that driver. The accident report will outline the incident and assign a percentage of fault to each driver. If you believe the accident report is wrong, it's important to talk to the reporting officer to make corrections.
Keep Track of Your Progress
While you have losses that are easy to measure, like lost wages, you will need to keep track of your pain, suffering and medical treatment. Keep a journal that you write in daily regarding your pain levels, treatment appointments and symptoms. Work closely with your treatment providers and pay attention to any recommendations. Follow through with treatment and be sure to go to all appointments as assigned. Your doctors will not be able to prove the extent of your injuries if they never see you for treatment.
Take Pictures if Necessary
Sometimes the injuries you sustain will be visible. Take pictures of your injuries frequently to document what happened to you. If possible, you can also take pictures of the scene of the accident and damage done to your property. As you heal, you can continue to take pictures of the way you are healing. If you have mobility issues, you can also take a video of how you are moving around.
Your injuries after a motorcycle accident are important. Get the help you need from a motorcycle accident attorney and determine if you have a personal injury case to file. When you can't go back to work, you have the right to compensation for this loss and others.