Representation for Injured Bikers
As an experienced motorcycle rider, you likely do everything you can to protect yourself while out on the road. Unfortunately, even with a helmet and other forms of protection, you can still get injured. When this happens, you can still protect your rights with the help of the legal team at Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. Our knowledgeable lawyers will provide information about your options and give you the tools to pursue those options. It is our goal not only to help you recover compensation for your damages, but also to ensure you are supported at every step of the way.
Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are often so much more severe than typical car accidents because bikers have little protection in comparison to a person in a car. Beyond the protection of a helmet and clothing, motorcycle riders have little to shield them in the event of a collision.
For this reason, motorcycle accidents can result in severe, catastrophic injuries such as:
Motorcycle Accident Liability
Motorcycle accidents may be the fault of many different parties. Often, collisions are caused by drivers who fail to watch for motorcycles or otherwise drive recklessly by speeding, ignoring traffic laws, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In addition to negligent drivers, your motorcycle accident may have been the fault of:
- Vehicle manufacturers
- Road construction companies and/or governments who build the roads
It is important to discuss the details of your case with a lawyer to determine who is responsible in your unique situation. We will look over every aspect of your motorcycle accident to make sure all responsible parties are held accountable for your injuries and damages.
Should I File an Insurance Claim or a Lawsuit After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to file an insurance claim to recover compensation. Or, you could choose to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Opelousas can advise you on whether an insurance claim or lawsuit would be best for your situation. The right path will be dependent on the details of your case.
Comparative Negligence in Louisiana
An important legal issue to consider in a motorcycle accident case is Louisiana’s comparative negligence laws. Comparative negligence is a legal principle which states that anyone who has been involved in an accident could have their compensation reduced according to the amount that their own negligence contributed to the incident. The fault of each person involved in a motorcycle accident will be considered, and their level of negligence will factor into the final verdict or settlement.
For example, a motorcycle accident case may involve a driver who was speeding and a biker who was splitting lanes — each person involved in the accident was partially to blame. A court may determine that the speeding driver was 70% at fault, while the lane-splitting biker was 30% at fault. If $100,000 in compensation was deemed appropriate to pay for the biker’s damages, that amount would be reduced by 30% (or $30,000), so the biker’s actual compensation would be $70,000.
We Are Available to Discuss the Details of Your Case
Motorcycle accident cases are complex, and it can be difficult to know where to turn or what to do if you were injured. With Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., you don’t have to worry — we are here for you!
An injury is a devastating thing to have to deal with and a legal case on top of it can seem impossible. Our firm’s personal injury attorneys are able to offer peace of mind when you know that someone with experience and commitment is handling the situation.
When a case can’t be worked out through negotiation, Doran & Cawthorne has no qualms about taking the matter to court. Whether before a judge, or jury, we will gather the evidence necessary to present your case before the fact-finder in the best light.
It is all too common for insurance companies to offer less than what they know to be fair. Our lawyers will negotiate on your behalf, and won’t compromise for anything less than the amount they know you should be receiving.
Our lawyers don’t just talk it…we strive to deliver. You can rest assured you’ll have experienced personal injury counsel with Doran & Cawthorne on your side.
Having handled hundreds, if not thousands of injury cases in Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere, we can assess the best options for each case.
Our firm’s attorneys will guide you in the right direction to make sure your case is developed effectively to your advantage.