Imagine for a moment that you own a motorcycle. It’s your primary source of transportation, and you have enjoyed many years of safe travel with your motorcycle. But one day as you go to work, a car cuts you off and you’re involved in a major accident. You suffer severe injuries that require a lot of medical care, and you’ll have to go through a lot of treatment and rehabilitation to get back in the shape you were in before the wreck.
If that isn’t enough, many people who weren’t there believe you were at fault for the wreck. They hear “motorcycle accident” and immediately think that the motorcyclist was somehow to blame for the crash. Sadly, this is all too common. Your long reputation of being a safe motorcyclist means nothing when the stereotype of motorcyclists is that they are daredevils who have no regard for the law.
Believe it or not, this can play an important role in any lawsuit you may file as you try to recoup critical finances to help you pay for medical bills and other damages. Courtrooms could be influenced by a societal idea that motorcyclists are inherently dangerous — when, in fact, that is just a judgement of a group of people that just prefer to drive motorcycles instead of cars.
It’s sad, but motorcyclists need to be prepared for this. They also need to get the best legal counsel possible to maximize their chance of getting the compensation they need to recover from a motorcycle accident that likely dealt them very serious injuries. If you live in the New Haven area, Kennedy Johnson Schwab & Roberge can be that legal help in the wake of an unfortunate motorcycle accident.