Vermont Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

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The Vermont scenery—wildlife, lakes, mountains—can provide picturesque riding for motorcyclists. Unfortunately, a number of motorcyclists enjoying rides along Vermont\'s countryside will die this year, just as they do every year. It\'s a frightening but true fact, especially when considering that motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise since 1997, reaching a record 12 percent of all vehicle crash-deaths in 2007 nationwide.

And while every rider is aware of the risks involved with saddling up behind the bars, they should also know something else: They are not at fault just because they are driving a potentially dangerous vehicle. In fact, during studies conducting by the National Highway Safety Administration during 2003, it was found that in all motorcycle accidents occurring between motorcyclists and cars, the motorcyclist was either not at fault or less at fault than the other driver 80 percent of the time. When driver negligence on the behalf of a passenger vehicle plays a role in a motorcycle collision, it is in the cyclist\'s best interest to consult with a qualified attorney specializing in motorcycle accident law.

A qualified attorney with experience handling motorcycle accident cases in Vermont will be able to recover damages resulting from the crash, including personal property damages, medical bills, the cost of rehabilitative equipment, and compensation for time loss from work. The more serious the injury, the more likely it would be in your best interest to contact an attorney immediately following your motorcycle collision.

After consulting with an attorney, they can advise you on the do\'s an don\'ts that will soon follow the investigation. For example, attorneys dealing in motorcycle accident cases will advise their clients to not sign any sort of settlement form brought forth by insurance companies. This is because many companies train adjusters to try to convince victims to accept an expedited payment for any damages resulting from a crash. While many may like the idea of a quick payment, it is advised that motorcycle accident victims wait, because once you sign a settlement, you are giving up any right to seek further compensation. This is especially important as it relates to motorcycle accidents, because what may seem like an inexpensive hospital bill can increase as further treatments or equipment are needed. A well-versed motorcycle accident lawyer will know how to come up with a settlement more favorable than that offered by the insurance company, and should your case need to go to court, they will have the expertise to evaluate how much to seek in initial and future medical costs.

In order for a lawyer to accomplish this estimation, though, it is important for you to get medical help immediately. It is also important for the health care provider to adequately determine what injuries have been sustained, and what avenues to take on the road to recovery. Providing this information to a qualified personal injury attorney experienced in motorcycle accident law will give you the best chance of recovering all that is rightfully due to you. Getting the names, addresses, phone numbers, and E-mails of any witnesses to the crash is also essential to a successful case, as the lawyer will use their testimony to your advantage.

When researching a Vermont lawyer to handle your case, keep in mind that many will not charge an initial fee for discussing your case. And some will charge on a contingency basis, meaning that you will not have to pay any of the legal fees until compensation is recovered. Choosing an attorney with the most experience in cases similar to your own is important, too. Most firms will gladly discuss their experience in such cases, and since initial consultations are most often free of charge, shopping around for someone you are most comfortable with is recommended.

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