Charleston Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle Accident Claims in West Virginia
Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, PLLC knows the ins and outs of difficult motorcycle accident claims because we have been handling complicated cases for close to a century. We are also closely tied to people throughout our communities, so when we hear that a motorcyclist has been hurt in an accident, we know it could be a friend or neighbor who now needs our help.
When insurance companies want to make things difficult for you as a motorcycle accident claimant, we can be there to make things right again by acting on your behalf and demanding the highest possible amount of compensation, either through settlement negotiations or litigation.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists can take steps to try to protect themselves from the worst harm that can happen during a crash. Helmets and padded clothing are two simple forms of protection that should never be overlooked. Yet only so much can be done to mitigate injuries caused when a larger, heavier vehicle slams into a motorcyclist with no chassis to absorb the impact.
The unfortunate result is that most motorcycle accident cases involve catastrophic injuries and all of the damages that come with them, like extensive hospitalization and severe emotional trauma.
A motorcycle crash may cause a rider to suffer:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord damage or paralysis
- Road rash or permanent scarring
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Our law firm can also represent the family members of motorcyclists who lost their lives in a motorcycle accident that was not their fault. For wrongful death claims filed in the name of the deceased, we can seek additional, unique damages, like funeral costs and wages the deceased would have earned had the accident never happened. We know that such cases are sensitive and difficult to process, so we take extra care to move things along at a pace that considers your mental wellbeing while you grieve.
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How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
After a motorcycle accident it is important to begin your injury claim as soon as possible to make the most of available evidence while the accident is still fresh in your mind and the minds of eyewitnesses.
What Evidence Can We Use in Your Case?
The keys to creating a strong motorcycle accident claim are the proper use of the evidence available and the ability to seek new forms of evidence through investigative methods. We can apply our decades of collective legal experience to fully analyze and understand the evidence collected from the crash scene. Photographs, testimonies, and helmet cams tend to be the most useful.
When more proof is necessary to solidify our argument, we can call for assistance from experts in various fields. A medical expert, for example, could testify to the extent of your injuries and how they most likely occurred, such as due to a heavy impact at high speeds.
Insurance Company Bias Against Motorcyclists
In motorcycle accident claims, there is often one obstacle that is not found in other types of personal injury claims: clear insurance company bias against the plaintiff. Insurance companies often try to argue that motorcyclists are reckless by nature and “live for a thrill.” Along this stereotypical line of thinking, they will try to pin liability on the rider without any evidence to back it, only claiming that the motorcyclist must have been riding recklessly and, therefore, must have contributed to the crash.
The problem gets worse when considering that juries often buy into the unfair bias against motorcyclists as well. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, PLLC, our team is well aware of this common issue in motorcycle accident claims and takes initiative early to mitigate and defeat it. For example, we can build a solid foundation of evidence under a claim that leaves no doubt that our client was the victim, not the perpetrator.
By dialing (304) 713-2014, you can connect with our Charleston motorcycle accident lawyers and start discussing key details of your case during a free consultation. Don’t forget — we offer contingency fee agreements that do not require you to pay any attorney fees or upfront costs unless we recover compensation for you!
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