Protect Your Rights After a Wreck
You were riding your motorcycle when a driver in another vehicle hit you or ran you off the road.
You survived, but now you need help. And then you run into another problem: People with attitudes about motorcycle riders.
Some people think you were reckless just because you were on a motorcycle. Sometimes this includes insurance adjusters who stand in the way of the money you need to move past the wreck and get back to your life.
Get the personal injury lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer to stand up for your rights on the road.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers bring Kentucky Courage™ and West Virginia Values to your claim, so nobody can brush you off.
How to Protect Your Rights after a Motorcycle Accident
Simple physics tell you that motorcycle riders are more likely to be injured in a wreck with a car because they take more of the direct force of the collision—while car drivers are protected by a more massive shield.
An important part of winning maximum compensation for your injuries and damage to your motorcycle is demonstrating that you understand the safety risks and took steps to be as safe as you could. It helps your case to show these facts:
- You were wearing a helmet. Kentucky law requires helmets for motorcycle riders under 21, those with learning permits and those who’ve had their licenses less than a year. West Virginia law requires all riders to wear helmets.
- You were wearing eye protection. Both Kentucky and West Virginia require motorcycle riders to wear eye protection such as safety glasses, goggles or shields.
- You took motorcycle handling courses. Make sure insurance adjusters, and if necessary—judges—know about any courses you’ve taken to be a safe rider.
- You have a safe driving record. If you’ve been driving any vehicle without any collisions or citations in the past 10 years, use that information to help your claim.
When you wear safety gear, take classes and drive without problems for years, it shows people who doubt motorcycle riders that you’re responsible.
The motorcycle accident lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer know what information to look for to build your strongest personal injury case.
What You Must Prove in Your Motorcycle Accident Case
When there’s a wreck involving a motorcyclist, people often assume it’s the motorcyclist’s fault.
And establishing fault—or negligence in personal injury terms—is crucial to your case and the compensation you ultimately get.
Therefore, you need to document everything that could show you were not the reckless party:
- What you did
- What the other driver did
- What witnesses said
This includes when you don’t physically collide with another vehicle, but another driver who’s driving poorly still causes you to crash. When a motorcyclist crashes attempting to avoid a crash caused by someone else’s negligence—the other driver is liable.
Kentucky and West Virginia also have laws establishing “comparative fault,” meaning you can be found partially at fault for a wreck—and the other driver can be found partially at fault—which affects the amount of payment you can receive.
And in many motorcycle crashes, no other vehicle is involved. That doesn’t mean someone else wasn’t liable for your injuries.
Motorcycle riders are vulnerable to road hazards like potholes. If a local transportation authority failed to take care of long-term wear on the road, they could be liable for damages, similar to a slip and fall injury.
After you’re hurt in a motorcycle wreck, the lawyers at Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer look for every available avenue to get you the payment you need to put your life back together.