Helena Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycles are excellent modes of transportation due to their practicality. Their small size and quickness make them useful for those in a fast-paced work life. They also use less fuel, are cheaper, do not take up much space in your garage, and have fewer carbon emissions than bigger vehicles. More than this, they are fun and adventurous to use.

However, motorcycle drivers are often prone to dangers on the road. This is because their vehicle is much smaller than the others, and they are less protected during instances of collisions. If you are a motorcyclist who has recently been involved in an accident, you may need to procure funds for recovery.

Hiring a Helena motorcycle accident lawyer from Beck, Amsden & Stalpes can help increase your chances of obtaining compensation or settlement. You may be able to file for damage claims and get compensated by a driver, their or your insurance company, the manufacturer of a defective motorcycle, or even the city if road hazards caused your accident. Call us today to learn more about your options and schedule your free consultation.

What Are The Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents?

There are many hazards on the roads that can cause motorcycle accidents. A few of the most common causes our Helena personal injury lawyers handle include:

  • When a car in front of a motorcycle makes a sudden left turn
  • When a motorcycle overtakes a car and it makes a left turn
  • When drivers change lanes on busy highways
  • Lane splitting, when a motorcyclist drives in between two lanes
  • Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Speeding (this is worse during unsafe weather conditions)
  • Road hazards such as potholes, debris, slippery roads, etc.
  • Distracted driving
  • Colliding with unmovable objects (like trees)
  • Low vision (due to the height of a motorcycle), blind spots, glare from the lights

What Are The Necessary Steps To Take After Being Involved In A Motorcycle Accident?

After being involved in an accident you may be in shock and at a loss for what to do next. These are a few things you do immediately in the aftermath of an accident:

  1. Seek medical attention. Not only is this essential for your health but for the legal process thereafter. Medical records will help in obtaining economic damage settlement.
  2. Get the contact information of the other parties involved. You will, after all, contact them for the settlement negotiation phase that follows.
  3. Contact a Helena motorcycle accident lawyer. Our lawyers will help you establish fault to the other parties involved in the accident. We will also be the ones to compile evidence and gather witness reports. Most importantly, we know how to dodge the tactics of insurance companies and negotiate the best settlement for you.

What Compensation Can You Get After A Motorcycle Accident in Helena?

You can generally get three types of compensation if you’re ever involved in a motorcycle accident. These are compensatory types like economic damages and non-economic damages and a punitive type which is awarded to a victim to punish the driver who maliciously caused the accident.

Economic Damages

The highest expenses are usually medical, these are physical therapy treatments, psychological counseling fees, ambulance fees, and medical costs. Economic damages can cover your present bills and your future bills, should your treatment be prolonged.

Other out-of-pocket expenses are also covered as long as these are “new” expenses for the victim that they never had pre-accident. Examples are housekeeping fees, parking tickets, repair fees, wheelchair mounts, etc.

Economic damage compensation also covers all the income you have lost while unable to work, as well as the income you can no longer earn if you’re permanently impaired.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are hard to calculate because they are usually subjective. Examples are pain and suffering, depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, inconvenience, discomfort, loss of consortium (awarded to a spouse who lost their partner), and loss of companionship (awarded to friends/family).

The most common to calculate non-economic damages is through the use of multipliers. Usually, whatever a victim has gained in economic damages is multiplied by a number that ranges from 1.5 to 5.

Let Beck, Amsden & Stalpes Handle Your Motorcycle Accident Claim in Helena

At Beck, Amsden & Stalpes, we understand the hurdles you and your family face in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, and we can help you. Our experienced Helena motorcycle accident attorneys will fight to uphold your rights and win you the most possible compensation to cover your losses. Call us today to get started and schedule your free consultation.