Bressman Law understands that choosing a motorcycle accident lawyer to take those cases in Cincinnati can be a stressful, time-consuming endeavor. However, from the moment you hire us to get started on your case, you will feel like you are working with close friends—not a law firm.
Our contingency-fee-based payment structures allow us to take claimants’ cases at no upfront cost. You do not pay anything until your case is over. If we do not win your case, you do not pay our attorney’s fees.
We Want You to Understand Your Legal Options
In the aftermath of their motorcycle accidents, claimants often call us with similar questions. Before we meet you personally, we want to share the topics of some of the most commonly asked questions that we encounter:
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What Types of Damages Could I Get for My Motorcycle Accident Case?
You can recover the cost of both economic and non-economic damages in your case. Their cost will depend on numerous things, including the types of injuries you suffered, whether your motorcycle was totaled, and your quality of life.
Some compensable damages in your case may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills (both past and future)
- Lost wages
- Property damage expenses
We can evaluate the mental, emotional, and financial impact of your accident and pursue compensation accordingly.
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How Much Could My Case Be Worth?
The value of your case will depend on several factors, such as the severity of your injuries, how the accident happened, who is responsible, and how much insurance coverage is available. The assessment should also include projected costs of future expenses and losses, for example:
- Compensation for lost wages if your ability to work is affected in the future or if your injuries prevent you from returning to work
- The cost of ongoing medical bills and rehabilitation
- The cost of any vehicle or home adaptations or specialist equipment required for your ongoing care needs
- Costs of care and household services
We work with medical and financial experts who can assess your situation and compile reports to help us accurately calculate the full extent of your injuries.
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Whether You Need to Go to Court for Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Probably not. We will attempt to negotiate with the insurer before a lawsuit becomes necessary. If we do need to file your case, we will handle the following:
- Your case’s filing and paperwork
- Communications with the defendant’s legal team and witnesses
- Consultations with accident reconstruction specialists and medical professionals
- Your case’s strategy
We can also file your case before Ohio’s statute of limitations expires. You typically have two years from the date of your accident to file, according to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2305.10. If you lost a loved one, you also, generally, have two years from the date of their passing to file, per ORC §2125.01.
Keep in mind the sooner you act on your injury claim, the quicker we can gather and preserve the evidence required to build a robust case. For example, witness statements can be taken while the event is still clear in mind, and CCTV footage, if available, can be accessed and preserved.
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What If You Are Partially Responsible for What Happened?
You could still seek compensation for your losses, as long as you are not primarily responsible for the crash. You can read more about this under ORC §2315.33.
While you can still pursue damages, your percentage of fault will take away from how much money you can get. For example, if you are 20 percent at fault for an accident, you would receive 80 percent of available compensation rather than 100 percent. Provided you share less than 50 percent of the blame, financial recovery is allowed.
Our team can gather evidence to prove who caused the accident and how much you should be awarded. We work to ensure the responsible party is held liable for your injuries and mitigate any accusations of blame from the opposition.
If the Other Party Was Uninsured
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) says that all motorists must carry insurance. If you were struck by an uninsured party, they violated the law. Yet, this should not deter you from seeking damages.
In this case, your motorcycle accident lawyer in Cincinnati can:
- Sue the at-fault driver personally
- File a claim with your own insurance provider
- Seek other avenues of pursuing compensation (if other parties were responsible for your losses)
You have legal options with Bressman Law. During your free, no-obligation case review, we can answer your questions and explain what measures could help you recoup your losses.
What You Can Do to Protect Your Legal Rights
After getting hurt in a motorcycle accident, your health should be your primary concern. Talk to your doctor about your condition and get a diagnosis. Follow through with their recommendations and write journal entries about your recovery period.
You should also:
Keep Track of Your Financial Losses
You should keep the following documentation in a safe place, as it will help us determine the overall cost of your losses:
- Property damage receipts
- Medical bills, including the cost of your prescription medications
- Your bank statements
We can also use your pay stubs to calculate the cost of your lost income.
Refrain from Giving the Insurer a Recorded Statement
You may be anxious to tell your side of the story. The insurance representative may ask you to give a recorded statement—which may appeal to you. However, if you give a recorded statement:
- You give the insurer the chance to edit your words out of context
- You risk saying something that could be used against you, like admitting fault
- The insurer may ask you “loaded questions,” which could devalue the cost of your losses.
Allow Bressman Law to handle the insurance representatives. We can give them all of the information they need. There is no reason for them to contact you directly when you have a Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer.
Take Photographs of Your Injuries
If you need to testify in court, a considerable amount of time could have passed between then and the time of your accident. Many of your external injuries may have healed, giving the court less incentive to compensate you fairly.
You should take pictures of your injuries as they heal. If you only suffered internal injuries, like broken bones, our team can request your imaging scan results from your healthcare provider.
Avoid Talking About Your Accident on Social Media
Emotions can run high after an accident, and it is natural to want to share how you feel with your friends and family on social media. However, doing so can harm your case. Photos and videos you post can be used as evidence against you, and talking about the accident on social media could be interpreted as an admission of fault. As such, it is best to avoid posting:
- Anything that could be interpreted as an admission of fault
- Anything that could be used as evidence against you
- Comments that are angry or offensive
- Information regarding any settlement offers you have received
- Information that contradicts later statements made to an insurance company or in court
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Ohio
The cause of your accident was likely driver error, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The at-fault party in your case could be another motorist. In this instance, we would pursue compensation from their insurer.
Examples of driver negligence include:
- Improper lane changes
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
We can read the police report and view traffic camera recordings to learn more about how your accident happened and use this information to bolster your case.
What Should I Do If the Accident Caused the Loss of a Loved One?
We understand this is difficult for you and extend our heartfelt sympathies. The sudden loss of a loved one is never easy, and no amount of money can make up for your grief. However, the loss of financial and emotional support can be devastating for a family.
We can help you recover the following damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit or negotiating with an insurance company:
- Expenses related to the funeral
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of future income
Call Bressman Law to Learn More About Your Case
Our team loves helping people who need it. When you put your case in our hands, you can expect compassionate, responsive legal care. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Cincinnati can manage your case’s obligations from start to finish.
With over 30 years of experience, the team at Bressman Law is committed to helping people injured through the negligent actions of others. We are proud of what our clients have to say about us and the results we have obtained on their behalf. We want to help you, too.
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