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What You Need to Know About Drunk Driver Motorcycle Accident Claims

Despite the ever-increasing pressure from the government and commercial campaigns to end drunk driving, inevitably every year, hundreds of people find themselves the victims of a drunk driver.

Being in an accident caused by a driver under the influence is tragedy enough, but if you or your loved one were on a motorcycle when hit by a drunk driver, the consequences can be even more serious.

Whether you or a loved one have already been involved in a drunk driver related motorcycle accident or whether you own a motorcycle and want to be prepared for the worst, there is important information for you to know so that you can protect yourself and seek sufficient compensation should the worst happen.

 What to Do

 First, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your drunk driver motorcycle accident claims result in sufficient compensation to meet your new needs and recover from the damages and losses caused by the accident.

  • Call police: if you are involved in a motorcycle accident and you are even a little suspicious that the other drive may be under the influence, you should call the police immediately. They will be able to speak with and administer a breath test to the other driver if they believe your suspicions are correct.

    Even if the other driver refuses to cooperate, the police will be able to take the driver to the police station where they will continue to request a breath sample. If the driver refuses still, then it will go on their record as an offense. Whether they cooperate or not, their behaviour will support your claim.
  • Collect information: as with all accidents, you will need to collect name, contact information, vehicle information, and insurer information of the other driver while you are still at the scene of the crime. You do not want to leave before having this information.
  • Take pictures: a big part of supporting and winning a claim is having the sufficient evidence to prove your case. If you have a phone on you that takes pictures, take pictures of all vehicles involved, the street and surrounding areas – anything that did or may have played a role in the accident. Again, these all will be usable to support the actuality of the accident, the severity of the damages, and to confirm the details of the accident.
  • Gather evidence: besides taking pictures, there are other pieces of evidence that would be useful for you to collect. These include the contact information of any witnesses, any pictures or videos that witnesses may have taken, any video coverage from nearby CCTV cameras, police reports, any GoPro footage, all receipts for medical bills, rental vehicles, or care you required as a result of the accident – basically any materials or people who can show or prove what happened at the accident and the consequences of the accident.
  • Notify your insurer: relatively quickly after the accident, you will want to contact your insurer to alert them to the fact that you were involved in an accident with a drunk driver.
  • Call us: drunk driver motorcycle accident claims are difficult. Any time a motorcycle is involved, insurers fight even harder against your claim because it can be very confusing and difficult to identify what actually happened to cause the accident.

    As such, it is very important that you give our team a call so that our expert personal injury solicitors can help you gather the best evidence for your case and use it to fight for your rightful compensation.

What to Expect

 If it is determined that the other driver was under the influence and at fault for the accident, then you will likely have rights to make a claim for compensation for injuries, costs, and damages resulting from the accident. However, every accident is different, so providing a clear estimate of what to expect is not fully possible. 

Here are some of the factors that will play a role in determining the amount of your compensation:

  • Severity and cost of your property damages
  • Your medical expenses
  • The number and severity of your injuries
  • The long and short-term pain and suffering caused by the accident
  • Travel expenses resulting from the accident
  • Cost of care you received as a result of the accident
  • Loss of wages due to missed work or inability to return to work resulting from the accident

 Each case and individual involved in these accidents is unique, so your claim and compensation will be too. But the more evidence you can provide and the more you work with a professional, the more likely you will procure a sufficient claim.

Get Started

 If you have been involved in a drunk driving motorcycle accident, all you have to do to start your claim is give us a call today. Our solicitors are waiting to help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve.

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