According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists represent approximately 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. Approximately 5,000 motorcyclists are killed every year in traffic crashes. Motorcyclists do not have the same protection against the elements as cars, trucks, and other vehicles on the road do. They are not protected by airbags, seat belts, and other safety devices found in cars and trucks.
For this reason, a traffic collision involving a motorcycle can often result in death or very serious injury. Motorcyclists are not only at risk from road and environmental conditions, but they are also at great risk from other distracted motorists and drunk drivers. If you or a loved one have suffered injury from a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the damages you suffered. The Butte motorcycle accident attorney at Everett Cook Law can help you understand your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Everett Cook Law?
- At Everett Cook Law, we understand the dynamics of motorcycle crashes and know how vulnerable motorcycle riders can be after a crash.
- We have several decades of experience helping countless clients reach favorable results and large settlements for their injuries.
- We are passionate and hardworking and have the resources to fight for you and protect your interest against the insurance companies.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, feel free to contact our Butte personal injury attorneys via telephone at (406) 563-5005 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.
Montana Motorcycle Regulations
Like other motorists, motorcyclists must abide by road traffic rules for their own safety and the safety of others. Motorcyclists are required to operate their motorcycles in a reasonable and prudent manner. Although helmets are only required for motorcyclists under the age of 18, it is advisable for motorcyclists to use one while riding. According to the Montana Department of Transportation, unhelmeted motorcyclists are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury and 15 percent more likely to suffer a nonfatal injury in a crash.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Your actions after a motorcycle accident are crucial in securing your health and protecting your legal rights. You should:
- Contact the police to report and document the accident. The police will conduct a preliminary investigation, document the crash scene, and gather information from witnesses.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Even if you have no visible injuries, you may have serious hidden injuries. This also ensures that your condition is formally documented as your health report may be necessary evidence in your claim for damages.
- Collect as much information as possible from the other parties involved in the accident, as well as witnesses to the accident. You will need the name, contact, information, and insurance details of all parties involved in the accident.
- Notify your insurance company of the crash, but do not admit fault even if you think you might have been at fault for the accident.
- Contact a knowledgeable Butte motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Getting an experienced lawyer involved in your case at an early stage to protect your rights and entitlements.
Speak with a Butte Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Dealing with the insurance companies alone can be overwhelming when you do not have the right legal support behind you. Your motorcycle accident lawyer will help to make the claims process easier. At Everett Cook Law, our Butte motorcycle accident attorneys offer free consultations so you know what to expect when you work with us. Call us today at (406) 563-5005 to schedule your free consultation.