Delaware Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you have experienced serious injuries due to your involvement in a motorcycle accident and need help obtaining compensation from the liable party, reach out to a qualified Delaware motorcycle crash lawyer today.

When motorcyclists are injured, more often than not, those injuries are severe, if not fatal. These types of injuries will usually require extensive time out of work to recover. But recovering can be made even more difficult when financial worry due to the loss of income plagues your thoughts.

All too often, we hear of accident survivors being taken advantage of and not receiving adequate compensation that will cover the full extent of their damages. With a Delaware motorcycle accident lawyer from Barros, McNamara, Malkiewicz & Taylor on your side, you can recover with the knowledge that we will stop at nothing to secure the compensation you truly deserve.

What Causes Motorcycle Crashes?

Motorcycle accidents are usually caused by one of three parties. Let’s begin by discussing the impact other drivers have in sharing the roads with motorcyclists. Many drivers simply aren’t paying enough attention to motorcycles on the road. Driving aggressively by speeding, following too closely, or running stop signs or red lights is the most common culprit.

When it isn’t another driver, we consider whether a malfunction on either the motorcycle or the other vehicle involved in the crash is to blame. If it is, we look to the manufacturer of the vehicle or the technician responsible for maintaining the vehicle to see if either failed to issue a recall on a faulty part or perhaps installed a defective part.

Last but not least, state and local road authorities are often implicated as the cause of Delaware motorcycle accidents. This is because potholes are a significant issue for motorcyclists, who are often unable to stop before hitting one at full speed. It is a government agency’s responsibility to maintain safe road conditions by filling reported potholes in a timely manner, among other safety measures.

In some cases, more than one of these parties will have played a part in causing your accident. If this is true, we can and should name each liable party in your claim, which will help ensure that you receive full compensation for everything you’ve been through.

When Insurance Adjusters Apply Unfair Stereotypes

Most Delaware motorcycle accident victims are shocked to discover that the insurance company doesn’t have their best interests in mind. Who can blame them when popular insurers advertise themselves as perpetual allies of injury victims?

Unfortunately, it is all too common for insurance adjusters to stereotype motorcyclists as reckless drivers who couldn’t care less about their own safety or the safety of others.

They do this for two reasons: First, insurers can get the amount that they’ll be required to settle for reduced if they can place blame for your crash on you, and second, in having this amount reduced, they are effectively protecting their profits. Insurers’ profits are their top priority.

Working with a qualified motorcycle accident attorney in Delaware can protect both your reputation as a motorcyclist and the full compensation award you deserve and need in order to move forward with your life.

The Value of a Delaware Motorcycle Injury Claim

While each motorcycle accident is different, the damages associated with them are relatively consistent. All victims are entitled to be made whole for their losses, meaning the liable parties should compensate you for each and every hardship you’ve been made to endure due to their negligence. Although the extent of these damages will also vary, it makes sense that the more critical the injury is, the greater your compensation award will be.

In our consideration of the value of your Delaware motorcycle crash claim, we will begin by examining your monetary losses, also known as economic damages in the world of litigation. These will include the entirety of your medical bills (virtually any medical expense that can be attributed to the injuries you suffered in the motorcycle crash), your lost wages, and the damage to your future earning potential.

Next, we will establish the non-economic impact your injuries have had. For instance, if you needed to have a leg amputated and will no longer be able to ride your motorcycle, we can consider this loss under the loss of enjoyment of life. We’ll also add your pain and suffering, mental anguish, effects of disfigurement, and loss of consortium to your claim.

Additionally, you might be awarded punitive damages if the defendants in your case have shown malice or egregiously negligent behavior and the court wants to punish them for the way they have acted. If you are able to receive punitive damages, the value of your claim could be dramatically increased.

Delaware Motorcycle Accident FAQ

Motorcyclists who have been injured in a collision usually have many questions before they’re ready to pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent party. Here are some of the most common questions our clients had about what to expect with their Delaware motorcycle wreck claims.

What happens if my passenger caused the crash?

The passenger who was on your motorcycle is more than likely a close friend or family member. Most, if not all, injury victims are hesitant about pursuing compensation from someone they know well and enjoy being around. Regardless of who the passenger was, you do have the right to be compensated for negligent behavior that causes injury, and your attorney will handle your case with the utmost care.

I was hurt in a hit-and-run crash. What can I do?

Our first steps will be to work with the police department and give them any information that may help them catch the offender, who will likely face criminal charges in addition to the personal injury claim you’ll file. We’ll work diligently to compile the specifics of your case until the hit-and-run driver is caught, at which point he or she will be named as the defendant, and we’ll move forward with our case.

If I wasn’t wearing a helmet, can I still pursue compensation for my injuries?

Yes. You’ll still be able to pursue damages, but you should expect the insurance company or defendant to attempt to establish fault on your part for your injuries, saying that not wearing a helmet showed a disregard for your own safety. The level of fault you carry will be given a percentage, and your awarded compensation will be reduced by that percentage.

Speak with a Delaware Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Those who are involved in motorcycle crashes are likely to suffer catastrophic injuries because they do not have the exterior protection of a vehicle surrounding them.

With critical injuries come substantial losses, and when you’re already suffering, the last thing you need is to be forced to cover expenses you wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for the negligence of another. Take back control of your life by reaching out to an experienced attorney at Barros, McNamara, Malkiewicz & Taylor today.

To schedule a free, no-pressure consultation with a Delaware motorcycle accident lawyer, give us a call at 302-734-8400 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.