Every year, Taber sees many life-changing car and motorcycle accidents.
Were you in one of them? Was the other driver at-fault? If the other driver was negligent and you have severe injuries, then you may be able to recover compensation.
Let the lawyers at Merchant Law help. Our decades of experience can help you get the funds you need to pay medical bills, replace lost wages, and meet the other expenses generated by your car or motorcycle accident.
Who should sue after a car or motorcycle accident?
You should consider suing if the other driver was at-fault or mostly at-fault for the accident, or if you believe the facts of the accident support a ruling that the other driver was negligent. You should also consider suing if you’ve suffered from extensive, catastrophic injuries.
People with minor often have less problem getting the at-fault driver’s insurance company to cover their expenses. It costs less for the insurance company to pay out for minor claims than it does for them to fight those claims.
Instead, people who end up with disfiguring lacerations, multiple fractures, spinal injuries, amputations, or traumatic head injuries end up having to fight tooth and nail to get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives after their accident. If you are suffering from severe injuries you may want to consider filing a lawsuit sooner rather than later.
When should you call a personal injury lawyer?
You can call a personal injury lawyer the day of the accident if you want to. Don’t listen to people who tell you that you have to wait until all of your injuries have been tallied up, or that you must contact the insurance company first. In reality your lawyer can help you deal with the insurance company and can even prevent you from making major mistakes when you interact with them.
You do have to reach maximum medical improvement before any attempts at a serious settlement can be made, but this is only so your medical bills can be tallied up and so that your long-term care needs, if any, may be properly forecast. Yet your lawyer has much to do before settlement conferences anyway, including deposing witnesses and gathering the evidence that will support your case.
How much is a car accident or motorcycle accident claim?
No lawyer can give you an exact idea of what your case will be worth without reviewing the facts of your case. Your settlement offer will depend on the extent to which the other driver was negligent, the extent of your injuries, and your lawyer’s skill at either negotiating a settlement or litigating your case.
We have helped our clients in Alberta recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. We will be happy to review your case and to help you get a ballpark figure of what kind of settlement we’d be able to pursue as soon as it is possible to do so.
What makes an Alberta motorcycle accident claim case different?
When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident it is vital for you to reach out to a personal injury lawyer who has experience dealing with these kinds of cases. They tend to be more difficult to win than standard car accident cases.
One reason for this is that the negligent driver’s insurance company will typically put a lot more resources into fighting a motorcycle case. This is because the injuries in motorcycle cases tend to be life-altering, catastrophic, and expensive. The average motorcycle injury can cost ten times as much as the average car accident injury. Insurance companies do not want to pay these claims and so do everything they can to shift the responsibility for the accident.
They may try blaming the accident on ambient road conditions, for example. Personal injury law is only meant to give you compensation when another party is negligent, not to help shield you from everything that can go wrong in life. In this case some responsibility might shift back to your own insurance company.
Another way they can win is by making the case that you were at-fault for the accident, or at least negligent in your own right to a significant degree, thus vastly reducing your personal injury award. They are vastly aided in this by assumptions many Alberta residents make about riders. There are people who feel the very act of riding a motorcycle is a reckless act and are hesitant to “reward” this behavior by awarding a personal injury claim.
Statistically, the vast majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by passenger vehicles, but it’s not enough to lean on these statistics. You need a lawyer who will dig deep into the facts of your case and tell a compelling story that convinces the defendant’s lawyers to make a fair settlement offer. If that’s not possible you need a tough litigator who will be able to tell that same clear, compelling, and coherent story to a jury in a court of law, one that will help make the stigma facing riders into a non-issue.
This means you also need a lawyer who knows how to investigate motorcycle accident cases, since often riders are not in a position to gather evidence at the scene of their own accidents. They’re usually too busy struggling to hold on to life, and accepting medical care is all they’re prepared to do.
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We help clients across Alberta and are prepared to help you as well. At Merchant Law, our team has decades of experience and has successfully navigated thousands of car and motorcycle accident claims.
You don’t have to face the insurance claims process alone. Call (403) 225-7777 to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation today.