Newport Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Newport Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you were severely injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to compensation. The at-fault driver or another party may have to pay for any resulting medical bills, lost income, and other economic and non-economic damages. Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Newport Beach can review your case in a free consultation and help you plot the way forward. No matter how strong your case seems, insurance companies are incredibly adept at finding reasons to dispute claims. Their profits increase with every dollar they don’t have to pay out to accident victims. Our lawyers will level the playing field and make sure you are treated fairly throughout the proceedings. We accept motorcycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t have to pay any attorneys’ fees unless we win. A member of our team can come to you if you are unable to come to us. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free consultation.
Signs You Have a Strong Motorcycle Accident Claim
Certain criteria must be met in order for your claim to yield compensation. If you intend to bring the claim against your own no-fault insurance company—for example, your med-pay policy—you wouldn’t have to prove liability; however, you’d still have to prove causation and damages. And if you want to bring the claim against the liable party or their insurance provider, which will most likely be the case, you will have to prove all three components of a successful third-party auto insurance claim: liability, causation, and damages. Therefore, you probably have a strong claim if you have sufficient evidence to prove those three elements, and there are no aggravating circumstances that would lead to a dispute. Below is a more detailed overview of the signs that you have a strong claim:
- Evidence to Prove Liability: The vast majority of collisions are caused by driver error. Speeding, tailgating, running a stop sign, drunk driving, and distracted driving are just a few examples of driver negligence that often lead to wrecks. Evidence of liability in these cases may include video recordings of the crash, deposition from percipient witnesses and expert witnesses, photos of property damage and the accident scene, and the police report. If the crash was caused by something else—for example, a defective auto part or negligent road maintenance—there are other kinds of evidence your Newport Beach motorcycle accident lawyer would need to prove liability. Much of that evidence might be withheld by the party in possession of it, but your attorney may still be able to obtain it by filing a subpoena.
- Evidence to Prove Causation: You won’t be able to recover damages that you would have incurred even if the accident had not happened. In other words, if you had an injury or illness before the accident, you would not be able to obtain compensation for the associated healthcare costs and other damages—unless you can prove that your condition was somehow aggravated in the collision. Evidence of causation may include your healthcare records from before and after the wreck as well as medical expert deposition.
- Evidence to Prove Damages: Your Newport Beach motorcycle accident attorney can approximate a fair settlement amount based on the facts of your case and the relevant statutes and case law; however, there’s no guarantee that the opposing party will agree with your lawyer’s calculations. You will need to support the calculations with evidence such as medical records, financial records, your personal injury journal, receipts and invoices, pictures of injuries, and expert witness deposition.
- No Aggravating Circumstances That Would Lead to a Dispute: Even if you have compelling evidence of liability, causation, and damages, a dispute might still arise if you make certain mistakes. For instance, if you publish a photo of you on social media taken after the accident, the insurance adjuster might use it to argue that your injuries aren’t very serious or that you are ignoring your doctor’s orders. If you provide a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster, you may inadvertently say something that leads to a dispute down the road. Your attorney can help you avoid these and other mistakes that have the potential to cause disputes.
Contact Us Today to Speak with a Newport Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we approach each claim as if we are going all the way to trial. Our team compiles all available evidence and takes the time to interview eyewitnesses, speak with our client’s healthcare providers, and ensure the claim accounts for all recoverable damages. We don’t charge for the consultation, and we accept personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis. To speak with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys in Newport Beach, send us a message or call 1-800-GO-HARRIS.