When you have to go to court for a motorcycle accident
Motorcycle accidents can be extremely complex from a legal standpoint. Determining liability in a motorcycle accident isn’t as straightforward as it is with other vehicles due to risk factors that are specific to motorcycle riders and the motorcycle itself. Motorcycles are smaller so are less visible to other vehicles on the road. Riders are exposed, don’t have seatbelts, and, in some states, wearing a helmet is optional. If you ride a motorcycle, you are more susceptible to road hazards than if you’re driving a car.
So, if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and, particularly if you have sustained serious injuries, you will want to enlist the services of a personal injury attorney who has experience with cases involving motorcycles and the liability issues surrounding them. The party or parties deemed liable for causing the accident will be responsible for damages from the personal injuries that have resulted from their negligence.
The question then becomes whether to negotiate a settlement for damages or take your case to trial. Settlements are negotiated by insurance companies who may be unwilling to pay you for the damages that your attorney has determined are fair and appropriate compensation for your injuries. Perhaps, they decide that they will pay for medical treatment, but not for lost wages or pain and suffering. In these cases, taking your case to trial may be the appropriate course of action.
We are experienced in motorcycle related cases
But, in order to be successful, you ( the plaintiff) have to be able to prove negligence on the part of the defendant ( the other driver), which is why it’s very important to engage the services of a motorcycle accident lawyer who has a lot of experience in handling cases involving motorcycle accidents and is familiar with the motorcycle laws in your state.
In the Rapid City area, that would be Gregory Yates and Michael Shubeck. With more than 40 years of combined experience between the two of them, Greg Yates and Michael Shubeck have successfully represented hundreds of clients over that time and have won millions of dollars in damages for their client through negotiated settlements or jury awards.
Mr. Yates and Mr Shubeck are very conversant with the motorcycle laws in South Dakota so are able to give you sound legal advice about whether you should take your case to trial or work towards a fair and equitable negotiated settlement.
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If you are a South Dakota resident and have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you need to know your legal rights with respect to your state’s personal injury laws and the type of legal action that you can bring against the responsible party or parties.
Call our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We’ll make sure that you get honest legal advice to help you determine the best course of legal action to take in your personal injury case.