Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in West Liberty Helps Win Compensation
Motorcycling on Kentucky roads is a pleasurable activity, but it can also be dangerous for motorcycle riders, as motorcycles provide little protection in a crash. As a result, serious injuries are common, and people on motorcycles are 28 times more likely to die than people in other vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Survivors may be left dealing with pain, mounting medical bills, and loss of income from being unable to work.
If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a motorcycle accident due to another party’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you received. However, Kentucky laws are complicated, making mistakes can be costly, and insurance companies will try to deny your claim and pay out as little as possible, so it is difficult to get fair compensation on your own.
Fortunately, there is help available from the experienced West Liberty motorcycle accident lawyer at the Johnson Law Firm. Billy Johnson rides motorcycles himself, so he knows the biases against motorcyclists, and he is fully prepared to fight for maximum compensation for injured motorcycle clients.
Our West Liberty motorcycle accident team offers a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your accident and determine the best way to help. There are no fees unless and until we win your case, so call our office today to get started.
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Our West Liberty Accident Lawyers Win Big
Why Choose Us
There are many lawyers out there, and you should find one you not only feel comfortable with, but who has the experience and record of success you need. Here are some reasons why we feel you should choose the Johnson Law Firm:
- We know motorcycles. West Liberty motorcycle accident lawyer Billy Johnson received his first motorcycle at the age of 5 and has been riding ever since, so he takes a personal interest in these cases.
- We are experienced. Billy has handled all types of motorcycle injury claims, including wrongful death cases, in Kentucky and in other states.
- We know how to fight for our clients and hold negligent parties accountable and have handled thousands of difficult injury cases throughout Kentucky since 1998. We have a long record of success, including a $9 million negotiated pre-trial settlement in a truck accident case.
- We have helped many satisfied clients. You can read their testimonials here.
- We are local and have many offices throughout Kentucky.
- We offer free, no-obligation consultations, and there are no fees to you unless and until we win.
At the Billy Johnson Law Firm, we know the tactics insurance companies use to get you to settle for less, and we know how to combat them and negotiate for the most compensation possible.
How Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Work for You
Motorcycle accidents can cause catastrophic damages such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and amputations. We know the suffering that can result and will get to work fighting for compensation immediately. We will:
- Meet with you to discuss how your accident happened, who the at-fault parties may be, and determine how much your case should be worth.
- Gather evidence, such as from accident scene photos and videos and police and medical records.
- Interview eyewitnesses, medical providers, and first responders.
- Utilize experts to reconstruct the accident as well as medical, life-care, disability, and rehabilitation experts to provide testimony as to your costs and the negative effects your injuries have on your life.
- File all paperwork and make court appearances.
- Handle dealings and negotiations with insurance companies and attorneys to reach a fair settlement.
- Build a powerful case on your behalf and argue it in front of a jury if necessary.
Whether conducting investigations, gathering evidence, hiring experts, negotiating for a fair settlement, or going to court, Billy Johnson has the legal knowledge and financial resources to win your case.
Don’t delay. Kentucky has a deadline, called a statute of limitations (KRS 413.135), for filing a lawsuit for personal injury. In general, you have just one year from the date of the accident that led to the injury to file or the court system will most probably refuse to hear your case. Our attorneys will ensure everything is filed correctly in a timely manner; the sooner you call us, the sooner we can get started, while evidence is fresh and witnesses can be found.
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Compensation Our Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Lawyer May Recover
In Kentucky, you may win a settlement for compensatory damages, which are meant to put you, the plaintiff, in the position you would have been in if the accident and injury had never taken place. Compensatory damages cover your monetary or economic losses from the accident (also called special damages). They also compensate your non-economic losses (called general damages) that do not have a specific dollar value, but negatively impact your life.
Compensatory damages may include:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Equipment such as wheelchairs and costs to modify a home or vehicle
- Lost income from being unable to work
- Property damage, such as to replace your motorcycle
- Funeral and burial costs in cases of wrongful death.
Non-economic damages are harder to calculate, but may include:
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of quality and enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium.
West Liberty Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Proves Negligence
After an accident, no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) insurance may cover your losses up to the policy limit — if you have insurance. If you have greater damages than the policy limits or you don’t have insurance, you can go beyond no-fault and sue someone who was negligent and caused your accident.
To win your case, our attorneys would have to prove that another party, the defendant in the case, was negligent and at fault for the accident and your resulting injuries. Proving negligence legally means showing the existence of the following elements:
- Duty: The defendant owed you a duty of care not to cause harm.
- Breach: The defendant breached this duty and failed to exercise this care through actions or failure to act.
- Cause: The breach of duty caused your injuries.
- Damages: You suffered actual damages as a result
Common acts of negligence that can cause motorcycle accidents include reckless driving, such as speeding or making a left tun in front of an oncoming motorcycle; driving under the influence or while drowsy or distracted; and failure to obey traffic rules, signs and signals.
Through careful investigation and gathering of evidence, our motorcycle accident lawyer in West Liberty will prove that the defendants were negligent. In some cases, there may be multiple parties who contributed to the accident, and we would look to identify them all since they all may have insurance and assets that can go toward a settlement.
Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Answer FAQs
After a motorcycle crash, it’s natural to have questions and concerns. While these are best addressed at your free consultation, it may help to start with answers to some questions our West Liberty motorcycle accident lawyers are often asked:
How Much Will My Damage Award Be?
Each case is unique, but depending on the factors involved, damage awards you may receive in a successful lawsuit may range from the thousands to millions of dollars. Amounts depend on factors such as the extent and permanence of your injuries, your actual costs, and whether there was a wrongful death involved. The skill and negotiating ability of your attorney is also a factor, and our West Liberty motorcycle accident lawyer will calculate all your damages and fight for compensation that covers them all.
What if I contributed to the accident?
If you did something that contributed to the accident you may still collect compensation, but the amount will be reduced. According to Ky. Rev. Stat. § 411.182, if two people are partially at fault for injuries sustained in an accident, damages may be reduced by the percentage that it is determined to be each person’s fault. For example, if it is determined that you were 20 percent at fault and the settlement was for $100,000, our motorcycle accident attorneys could still help you collect $80,000.
I wasn’t wearing a helmet — can I still recover damages?
You should be able to collect damages even if you weren’t wearing a helmet. Motorcycle helmet law in Kentucky states that motorcycle operators or passengers under the age of 21, operators with a permit, or a license for less than a year are required to wear a DOT-approved helmet. Even so, your failure to comply with that law will probably not prevent you from recovering for your injuries if someone else caused the accident, but if your failure to wear a helmet contributed to your injuries, your compensation may be reduced accordingly.
How long will my case take to resolve?
How long your case will take depends on the circumstances. You should complete your medical treatment before settling, as some injuries can worsen over time and result in extra expenses. If your case is then settled through negotiations, it may resolve in a matter of months, but if your case is complicated and goes to trial, it may take several years.
How much does it cost to hire a West Liberty accident lawyer?
The good news is that it doesn’t cost anything up front to hire our West Liberty accident lawyer. Billy Johnson offers free consultations, and will help you understand whether you have a valid claim for damages and the best way to proceed with getting them. We deal with all legal hurdles and requirements without charge, and our fees are paid out of the settlement only after we win your case.
When you have our West Liberty motorcycle accident attorneys on your side, we will always be there to answer your questions and address your concerns throughout the entire legal process.
Get Help from Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in West Liberty
Attorney Billy Johnson knows that insurance companies, courts, and juries are biased against motorcyclists. He knows this is wrong and will fight hard for motorcycle accident victims because he believes in justice.
Don’t accept a payout from an insurance company before consulting us. Insurance adjusters are not on your side – they are out for profit and will use anything you say against you to lessen or deny payments. Tell the insurance companies to speak to your attorney, and let Billy Johnson handle all dealings and negotiations with insurers. We will fight to get you the maximum amount of money your claim warrants.
Call our office today to get started. An experienced West Liberty motorcycle accident lawyer is ready to help you move forward with your case. Let us handle all legal hurdles so you can focus on your recovery.
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