Can I Sue Someone Personally After a Motorcycle Accident?
With high speeds and exposure to the elements, a motorcycle accident has the makings of one of the more devastating accidents one can experience. Not only are you facing the physical toll of any injuries you may have sustained, but you’re also forced to deal with the post-traumatic stress, steep medical bills, and costly repairs to your motorcycle.
Fortunately, you do have options for support and relief. If you’re wondering ‘can I sue someone personally after a motorcycle accident,’ the answer is yes. If the accident was not your fault, you can sue the responsible individual.
To help you understand this process, our team of skilled personal injury lawyers at The Law Office of Zayed Al-Sayyed has prepared the following guide for suing someone after a motorcycle accident.
The first step in suing someone after a motorcycle accident is proving that they are responsible, or that they were liable, for the accident. There are four main factors you can implement to prove the other person’s responsibility. It’s worth noting that since all four factors go hand-in-hand with one another, they must each be proven in order to have a case.
Duty. As motorists sharing the road, we all have a duty to operate our motor vehicles safely and obey all traffic laws.
Breach. The other person breached their duty to you and the other motorists through unsafe and reckless behavior on the road.
Causation. This reckless behavior and breach of duty would have caused your motorcycle accident.
Damages. As a result of the motorcycle accident, you have suffered damages. These damages manifest themselves in the form of damage to property, costly medical and repair bills, as well as personal pain and suffering.
Build Your Case
Once you have proved that the other party is responsible for your motorcycle accident, it’s time to build your case against them. The case would be built with the assistance of a motorcycle accident lawyer, of course.
Your motorcycle accident lawyer will build a strong case for you by:
- Collecting evidence. Your lawyer will gather evidence such as videos/photos of the accident, eyewitness accounts, and the responding police officer’s official report in order to prove you’re not liable.
- Assessing your claim’s value. Another duty your personal injury lawyer will take on is assessing how much your settlement is worth, or, how much compensation you are owed for what you have endured.
- Filing the lawsuit. This is where your lawyer really goes to bat for you. You’ve already been through a traumatic experience, so there’s no need to worry about paperwork. Your lawyer will handle all of the clerical work, like the formal filing of the lawsuit.
- Handling your settlement. Another weight your lawyer will lift off your shoulders is dealing with the various insurance companies, as well as the lawyer of the person you are suing to make sure you get what you are owed.
- Representing you in court. In the event that any negotiations break down, your lawyer will, of course, accompany you and represent you in court during the trial of the case.
Top Personal Injury Attorneys in Phoenix, AZ
With the Law Office of Zayed Al-Sayyed working on your motorcycle accident lawsuit, you will receive our Aggressive Compassionate Representation. This approach promises aggressive pursuit of the highest possible settlement, as well as the deepest compassion for you and your family during this stressful time.
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident and are considering a lawsuit, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our top Phoenix personal injury attorneys.