Riding a motorcycle gives many people a sense of freedom and adventure. But what happens when that adventure is taken away? What happens when a careless driver causes an accident? When you’re seriously injured, how will you pay the medical bills that pile up? As you recover, how will you make up for time lost from work, family and the open road?
Those questions arise after a serious motorcycle crash. Your head is spinning as you try to figure out how to sort through the physical, mental and financial issues.
You don’t have to deal with this tragic situation on your own. The Jackson motorcycle accident attorneys with Derek L. Hall, PC understand your frustration and fear. We have the experience and resources to help you recover compensation after you’re injured in a serious motorcycle accident.
For more than 20 years, our top lawyers have been helping victims across Mississippi. We can help you, too. Our goal is to get you justice and the maximum compensation for your injuries.
At Derek L. Hall, PC, we give you the personal attention you deserve in this difficult time. We provide you with the knowledge and legal skills you need for your case.
Call us today or contact us online to set up a free consultation and see how we can help you.
We Fight Back When Insurers Blame Bikers for Motorcycle Crashes
Insurance companies want to settle motorcycle injury claims as quickly as possible, and they want to settle for as little as possible. Insurance adjusters believe blaming bikers for their own wreck is an easy way to avoid paying what they owe. Insurance companies know that juries sometimes unfairly believe motorcyclists are dangerous people. Too often juries wrongly rule against bikers, even when bikers did nothing to cause their injuries.
The attorneys with Derek L. Hall, PC believe in your accident claim. That’s why we are aggressive in dealing with insurance companies that blame you for the accident. We know the tactics and dirty tricks that insurance companies use. We know how to fight against the unfair bias they use against bikers. We know how to protect your legal rights.
Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Mississippi
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that more than 5,000 people die in motorcycle crashes each year. Common causes for motorcycle wrecks include:
- Poor visibility
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driver’s failure to check blind spots
- Driving under the influence
- Change in weather conditions
- Cars making left-hand turns
- Road hazards and debris
Severe Injuries Motorcyclists Suffer in Crashes
Motorcycle crashes are typically more serious than other types of wrecks. Motorcycle riders involved in a wreck may suffer these severe injuries:
- Road rash
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and spine injury
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal bleeding
- Damaged or lost teeth
Mississippi Helmet Law and Motorcycle Accident Compensation
Mississippi law requires mandatory helmet use for all people on public roads and highways who operate motorcycles or motorized scooters. Under Mississippi law motorcyclists must also get their helmets inspected and approved for safety by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.
However, not wearing a helmet does not cause crashes. Even if you were without one when injured, you might still be able to recover compensation from the at-fault driver. Under Mississippi’s pure comparative negligence laws, victims can collect compensation even if they were partially liable for the crash. However, trial courts can reduce the amount they’re owed based on the percentage of their fault. A skilled motorcycle accident attorney can help you sort through these confusing laws to determine how much you might be owed.
Adding Up Your Losses from a Motorcycle Crash
Every accident case is different, and so, too, is every accident case settlement. In Mississippi, motorcyclists involved in accidents can get economic and noneconomic damages.
- Economic damages would cover your expenses, such as medical bills, future medical bills or medical care, damage to your bike, lost wages, and potential future loss of wages if your accident has disabled you in some way.
- Noneconomic compensation is for damages such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, or the loss of enjoyment of life after the accident.
Mississippi sets a cap on the amount you can recover in noneconomic damages. There is no cap for economic damages.
Be aware that Mississippi puts a strict time limit on when you can file a lawsuit after a motorcycle accident. Time is valuable. It’s wise to have a lawyer on your team from the very start.
How Our Jackson Motorcycle Wreck Lawyers Can Help You
You’ve already been the victim of a terrible motorcycle accident that caused serious injuries. You will have to deal with the accident for the rest of your life. Don’t become a victim a second time by letting an insurance company bully you into an unfair settlement.
At Derek L. Hall, PC, we’ll help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. We promise to treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve. We understand that after a traumatic event, you may still be recovering. You may not be able to travel or even want to travel. Our team of experienced attorneys will meet you at a location that is convenient for you. We will provide prompt responses to your questions and phone calls.
We’ll evaluate your case for free and help you understand your legal options. We will gather the evidence needed to prove your case. We’ll also help you negotiate with the insurance companies. In short, we’ll work with you and fight tirelessly for the money and justice you deserve.
We’re Ready to Discuss Your Motorcycle Crash Claim for Free
At Derek L. Hall, PC, we’re ready to help you get on the road to recovery. We offer a no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation. We can help you understand your best legal options. Call us or reach us online to set up your free consultation today.