When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, high medical bills and lost wages can cause you financial stress. At Roeser Law Firm, we help our clients obtain the compensation they deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries, which result in high medical bills and lost wages in addition to the pain and suffering. Those who suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident often have questions when they are considering placing a claim against an at-fault party or other ways their expenses can be covered. We address some of the most common questions asked of a personal injury lawyer about motorcycle accidents below.
Q: What are the most common reasons for a motorcycle accident in Washington, D.C.?
A: Motorcycle accidents in the District are mostly caused by the same types of negligence seen in other parts of the country. A negligent motorist causes most motorcycle accidents. Types of negligence can include speeding or running a red light. Distracted, overly fatigued or drunk drivers also cause many motorcycle accidents each year.
Q: Do I have to wear a helmet when I ride my motorcycle?
A: Washington, D.C., as well as neighboring Maryland and Virginia, require that motorcyclists wear a DOT-approved helmet. Statistics by the Insurance Institute of America show that wearing a helmet lowers the risk of serious head injuries by 67 percent and fatalities by 37 percent.
Q: Washington, D.C. is a no-fault state. Can I still recover damages?
A: Under certain circumstances, an injured person may place a claim for compensation from an at-fault party. If your lost income and medical expenses are higher than your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy, you may place a claim. The other instance in which you may place an injury claim is if you suffered permanent impairment, scarring or disfigurement that lasts at least 180 days.
Q: My motorcycle hit a pothole and crashed, causing my injuries. Can I file a claim against the D.C. government?
A: Yes, you can under the provisions of the D.C. Council Code § 12–309. However, the statute of limitation for filing a claim against the city is six months, which is much shorter than other personal injuries. Enlisting the help of a personal injury lawyer can ensure that your claim is filed in a timely manner.
Q: What should I do following an injury accident?
A: Get off the roadway if you can, and phone 911 to report the collision. If injuries occurred, they will send police and paramedics. Leave your protective gear on because removing it could worsen your injuries. Exchange information with others involved. Seek medical attention even if you think you aren’t injured. Some injury symptoms are delayed. If you suffered serious injuries, contact a personal injury lawyer to see how they can help.
Washington, D.C. Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, high medical bills and lost wages can cause you financial stress. At Roeser Law Firm, we help our clients obtain the compensation they deserve. If negligence by another was the cause of your injuries, call us at (202) 660-4070 for a free review of your case.
We can answer your questions, tell you whether you have a claim and what options are available. Whether it is dealing as your representative with your insurance company to ensure your claim needs are met or preparing a case for court, our attorneys will support you from start to finish, so you can concentrate on healing from your injury without additional worries.