When most people think about motorcycle accidents, the first thing that comes to mind is a motorcycle that has been hit by a motorist. While this assumption might be a natural one, it is not always correct. Yes, it’s true that many motorcyclists are injured in accidents with inattentive motorists every year. Yes, it’s true that motorist vs. motorcycle accidents can be very dangerous for motorcyclists.
However, it’s also true that most motorists do their best to share the road with motorcyclists, and negligent motorcyclists can also be the cause of traffic accidents. Whether you’re on a freeway, or a quiet street in Marion, when motorcyclists ride recklessly, it causes accidents with significant damage to both people and property. Unfortunately, people who have been hurt by negligent motorcycle riders are often blamed for the accident and need legal representation to protect themselves.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC Can Fight for You in Negligent Motorcycle Accident Cases
When a negligent motorcyclist violates traffic laws or behaves recklessly on the road, it can put others at risk. Even though their vehicles are small compared to cars, trucks, or SUVs, a motorcycle can still cause significant damage in a collision with a passenger vehicle. Other times, a driver may collide with multiple vehicles, hit a median, or drive off the road in an accident caused by a negligent motorcycle rider.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC defends the rights of car and motorcycle accident victims in Marion, Ohio. If you qualify, a Marion negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer from our firm can build your case and defend your rights while you focus on your recovery. We may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Our team handles everything from filing insurance claims to taking personal injury lawsuits to trial for our clients. We operate on a contingency-fee basis, so you do not have to pay any attorney’s fees upfront to get started on your case.
To discuss your accident and your injuries in a free consultation with a member of our team, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC today.
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Who Is the Fitch Law Firm LLC and Why Should I Call Them?
The Fitch Law Firm LLC is an Ohio law firm that has been practicing personal injury law for over three decades. During that time, our firm has represented all kinds of accident victims and helped them get compensation for injuries caused by third-party negligence. We know that motorcyclists driving negligently can do as much damage as any negligent motorist. Most importantly, we believe the victims of motorcycle negligence deserve quality representation.
Oftentimes, a motorcyclist’s insurance company will just assume you were at fault in the accident if you were driving a car. Some of that is due to a misguided belief that all motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. However, a lot of that is because insurance companies don’t want to pay much, even if their client was at fault. The best way for them to avoid responsibility and not pay anything out is by blaming you.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC is here to make sure that doesn’t happen. We fight for our clients by examining the facts in your case and following the liability wherever it leads us. If our investigation shows that your accident was caused by a motorcyclist’s negligence, we’ll seek the maximum recoverable damages on your behalf. Our firm knows how to fight and win these types of cases.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC Has Won Millions of Dollars for Our Clients
Before you hire a law firm, it makes perfect sense that you would want to know what kind of track record they have. The Fitch Law Firm LLC has spent decades fighting for our clients, and we’ve won millions of dollars in recoverable damages on their behalf. We don’t make a guarantee that we’ll win your case, but we do guarantee not to leave any stone unturned in our efforts to win the maximum recoverable damages in your negligent motorcycle accident case.
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Motorcycle Accident Negligence and Liability
Just because a motorcycle rider may be more exposed in an accident than other drivers, it does not mean that all motorcyclists use good judgment and obey the rules of the road.
A motorcyclist can cause an accident through several negligent actions, such as:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Making an illegal turn or lane change
- Failing to yield
- Splitting a lane
In some cases, we may discover that your accident was due to a non-driver third party’s negligence. This may include a negligent mechanic or component manufacturer who caused a mechanical failure in the motorcycle that resulted in your crash or a negligent municipality that left a hazard in the road.
A Marion negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC may investigate your accident to determine who was liable for your injuries.
Collecting Evidence in a Motorcycle Accident Case
After we determine who caused your accident, your legal team may gather evidence to demonstrate the at-fault party’s liability to support your personal injury claim or lawsuit. Supporting evidence may include things such as:
- Videos, photos, or dashcam footage from the accident scene
- Police reports or any traffics citations issued by responding police officers
- Evidence from your medical records
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- Statements from witnesses who saw the crash
Make sure to retain any documents, photos, or records you have of the accident. This evidence may be helpful in building your case.
To learn more about your accident and your legal options, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC. A member of our team is standing by to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation on your case.
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Contributory Fault in Ohio
If you are found partially at fault for the motorcycle accident, you may be subject to contributory fault laws, and this could affect how a judge determines liability in your case.
Per the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2315.33, Ohio lets accident victims recover compensation for their damages so long as they were less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. In other words, if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be able to receive a payout. However, the court may reduce your compensation by your percentage of fault.
For example, if a judge deemed you 30 percent responsible for the accident and assigned your damages a value of $100,000, you may still be able to collect $70,000.
With contributory fault in mind, your legal team may collect evidence that shows the extent of the other party’s liability for your accident.
Recoverable Damages in a Motorcycle Accident Case
Ohio personal injury law may allow motorcycle accident victims to recover compensation for damages, such as:
- Current and future costs of medical care
- Lost wages for time missed at work
- Reduced earning capability
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages
Your legal team may collect evidence of your damages and their value when building your case. This may include documents, such as medical bills, pay stubs, and auto repairs receipts. Your lawyer may also retrieve testimonies from medical experts about your future costs of care.
How Much Can the Fitch Law Firm LLC Collect in My Negligent Motorcycle Accident Case?
This is an excellent question and one we hear from many prospective clients. The truth is that there is no set answer to this question. The potential value of your case depends heavily on the cost of treating your injuries and any wages you may have lost as a result of your motorcycle accident. Because every person is different, and heals from injuries at a different rate, the only way we can estimate the potential value of your case is to consult with you.
We would also need to speak with your doctor(s) to estimate your medical bills and your employer to estimate your lost wages. Additionally, we need to figure out if your accident caused any permanent injury or loss of function. After gathering these facts, we will be in a better position to estimate the potential value of your case.
How Our Legal Team May Work on Your Case
When you hire legal representation from the Fitch Law Firm LLC, a Marion negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer from our firm can start working for you. They may answer your questions, provide legal advice, and design a legal strategy for your case. While you focus on your recovery, our firm can:
- Communicate with all other parties on your behalf
- Take care of the deadlines and legal paperwork in your case
- Assign a value to your damages
- File an insurance claim
- Negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company for a settlement offer
- Bring your case to trial, where we can defend your rights before a judge or jury, if necessary
- Update you on any changes to your case
There Is a Deadline to Sue in Ohio
When weighing your legal options after a motorcycle accident, it is important to know about Ohio’s legal deadlines for suing. Per the ORC § 2305.10, Ohio imposes a general two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. If you do not take legal action within this timeframe, the court may dismiss your lawsuit.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC can help you meet the legal deadlines in your case when we represent you.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC Wants to Work on Your Case
If you are interested in working with a Marion negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC, call us today. A representative will be happy to discuss your accident and our services during a free case review.
Because we take cases on a contingency-fee basis, our clients are not obligated to pay our attorney’s fees unless they recover compensation in a settlement offer or court award. No out-of-pocket payments are required to begin.
Don’t Fight Negligent Motorcycle Accident Cases Alone
When many of us are faced with a problem, our first instinct is to tackle it head-on by ourselves. While it’s an understandable instinct, it could be a big mistake if you’re dealing with a negligent motorcycle accident case. The motorcyclist has an entire insurance company working on their side. It’s only fair that you should have someone on your side too.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC wants to go to bat for you. You may not be able to beat an insurance company by yourself and you shouldn’t try. Give us a call and find out how we can help you. Remember, your best outcome is our ultimate goal.
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