When to Hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The kind of help you need will vary from state to state. About half of the states are called no-fault states, which means that you dont have to prove who was at fault in an accident. In the other half of the states you need to prove who was at fault in order to collect damages from them or their insurance company. (To find out about your state, see Car Accidents: Who is at Fault?. ) In some of those states, the parties to the accident pay a percentage of damages depending on how much they were at fault. (See Comparative negligence.) You will want to find a motorcycle accident attorney who is experienced in dealing with cases in the state where the accident occurred and who has the skills to either litigate the issue of fault, if required, or to negotiate a good settlement for you.
Each state also has laws that apply specifically to motorcycles and riding them, and these laws vary from state to state. These include licensing requirements for riding motorcycles, special laws about the application of auto insurance to motorcycles, the requirement that some or all motorcycle riders and passengers wear helmets, and laws about the way motorcycles can use traffic lanes. You will want to find a motorcycle accident lawyer who is familiar with the laws of the state where the accident occurred and how they might apply to your case.