MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER
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If you or a loved one have been involved in a Maui motorcycle accident, our personal injury lawyer at Empire Law can help you recover the compensation you’re entitled to. Call us 24/7 or click to start a live chat to schedule a free case consultation.
While Maui motorcycle riders enjoy the incredible scenery and weather we have on Maui, they also know the risks of being in a serious accident. Motorcyclists don’t have the protection offered by a car, nor the safety features such as, seatbelts or airbags. As a result, even accidents that occur at low speeds can be life threatening.
The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is failure of other drivers to recognize and see motorcycles. Due to a motorcycle’s small size it’s often hard to see them from road glare, obstruction etc.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports around 56 percent of all motorcycle crashes occur on urban roadways. Intersections are the most common place for these accidents.
An injured biker may have difficulty recovering compensation for damages after a collision or accident. Many insurance companies are biased against motorcycle riders and outright deny their claims. Insurance adjusters may even try to place some of the blame on the motorcyclist in an attempt to reduce the amount of payout.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycles offer bikers poor protection from the surrounding elements. Even if a biker wears a helmet and other motorcycle safety protective gear, he or she can still be seriously injured in a crash.
Common injuries sustained in Maui motorcycle accidents:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Facial scarring/disfigurement
- Loss of a limb
- Spinal cord injuries
Serious motorcycle accidents can result in injuries that require extensive medical care. A victim may need surgeries, physical therapy, medications, and other treatments to recover. During the recovery time, medical expenses and other expenses can quickly pile up.
If you were injured in a motorcycle crash due to a negligent motor vehicle operator, you shouldn’t have to cover the costs of your recovery. An experienced Maui motorcycle accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for your losses. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation.
Common Motorcycle Accident Causes
Members of the legal team at Empire Law ride motorcycles, so we understand the challenges and dangers that a biker faces out on our Maui roads. As a Maui motorcycle accident lawyer, Kristin has seen the devastating impact that a crash can have on a person’s life, so she can relate with you and your situation.
The following are some of the most common causes of Maui motorcycle accidents:
- Sudden stopping: A rear end collision can result from tailgating or following too closely. If the motor vehicle in front of a motorcyclist stops abruptly you may not have enough time to avoid a collision.
- Speeding: This is a leading cause of all types of roadway accidents. The faster someone is driving, the greater the force of impact in a crash. Speeding also reduces a driver’s chance of seeing and reacting to hazards in the roadway.
- Left turns: Left turns are dangerous for motorcyclists. One of the most common motorcycle accidents happens when a car makes a left-hand turn in front of a rider.
- Lane changes: Motorcycles have a substantially smaller profile than motor vehicles and can easily be hidden in a driver’s blind spot. If a driver fails to signal a lane change or check blind spots, they could collide with a motorcycle.
- Car doors: Some accidents occur when a car door is opened directly in the path of a biker.
- Lane splitting: Slow traffic can be frustrating to drivers on Maui. A motorcycle rider might be tempted to ride in the space between the motor vehicles. This is called “lane splitting” and is illegal in most states, including Hawaii.
- Driving under the influence: It is illegal for either motorcyclists or motorists to drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08% or higher. If a person causes severe injury to others while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she could face not only personal injury but criminal charges.
- Defective motorcycle parts: Some motorcycle accidents are the result of poorly made or designed motorcycle parts. In these situations, the manufacturer of the defective part could be held liable for damages.
Insurance Requirements For Maui Motorcycle Riders
On Maui, a motorcycle rider is required to hold liability insurance to provide coverage in case of an accident that causes property damage or injury. Maui bikers are not required to purchase no fault insurance. A motorcycle rider does, however, have the option to purchase personal injury protection (PIP) insurance if extra coverage is desired. This insurance policy is for the payout of “first-party” medical benefits and is only applicable if the rider sustains an injury that doesn’t involve a motor vehicle.
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Why Hire a Maui Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Your main concern after a Maui motorcycle accident should be your health and getting the medical care that you need. A top priority should be consulting with an experienced Maui motorcycle accident attorney. Having a skilled attorney on your side can mean the difference between having your medical bills and motorcycle repair costs covered or having to cover those expenses yourself.
If you’re debating whether to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer or file the claim yourself, please consider the following.
Know the true value of your case
If you don’t know Hawaii’s personal injury laws, it can be hard to determine what your claim is worth. The insurance company’s mission is to get you to accept the lowest compensation possible. You can be sure that the insurance company is not going to be upfront with you about the true value of your claim.
Our motorcycle accident lawyer will calculate the amount your claim is worth based on your financial and non financial damages & losses. Our team knows how to gather the evidence needed to build a solid case for you and maximize your compensation.
Damages that we may be able to recover include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation bills
Know how to establish fault & prove liability
Kristin, the firm’s lawyer, is aggressive and knowledgeable about all things related to Hawaii personal injury law and know what is required to prove fault and liability in a motorcycle accident case. While investigating the cause of an accident, we will collect evidence, speak to witnesses, examine video footage (if applicable), review police reports, and hire experts. It is important to establish the cause of your accident and identify who is liable for damages. Insurance companies will typically try to place all or part of the blame on you.
Parties liable for a motorcycle accident may include:
- Property owners
- Government agencies
- Another biker
Our Maui motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to identify all liable parties and ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. Frequently, more than one party is liable for a motorcycle accident.
Know the statute of limitations
If your suit isn’t properly filed within the deadline outlined by Hawaii State law, you will likely miss out on your right to compensation. When you are injured on a motorcycle, you have a finite amount of time to file a personal injury case & pursue damages.
Therefore, it’s important to consult an attorney as quickly as possible after your collision to fully understand the filing deadlines that pertain to your unique situation. Our experienced accident attorney understands how the law pertains to your case and will ensure that your claim is filed in a timely fashion.
Know how to negotiate with an insurance adjuster
Insurance adjusters are seasoned negotiators that know how to get victims to agree to low settlement offers. Hire someone who is familiar with the morally questionable tactics of greedy insurance companies. Empire Law is on your side and will fight hard for your rights.
You will likely hear from the insurance company soon after your motorcycle crash. Remember, insurance companies are not your friends and frequently do not have your best interests at heart.
Our veteran Maui Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Empire Law have extensive experience in handling negotiations. As long as you haven’t already accepted an offer from the insurance company, our staff can fight for the compensation you deserve.
Know how to file a suit
If you aren’t a locally barred attorney, filing a lawsuit yourself can be extremely difficult for injuries that happen on Maui. Our staff will be thoroughly prepared to offer evidence, present facts, and explain to the court why you deserve more compensation than what the insurance company is offering.
Most Maui motorcycle accident claims are settled with insurance companies out of court. However, if a fair settlement can’t be reached, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit against all liable parties and go to court.
How to Choose a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Near Me
Picking the right lawyer with the right firm is a large decision and could affect whether your claim is successful or not. Things to think about when choosing a Maui motorcycle accident lawyer to best fight for your rights:
- Choose a local firm that focuses on personal injury cases. The legal team at Empire Law focus on helping personal injury victims. We keep our caseload low so we have the time and resources to represent you and communicate properly through all phases of your legal matter.
- Ask your lawyer about his or her trial experience. You want to select an attorney who has experience in not only handling cases on Maui but also has experience at trial. It is very important to make sure your attorney is willing and able to go to court if the settlement being offered by the insurance company is too low.
- Ask about lawyer’s fees. Like most personal injury law firms, we mostly work on a contingency fee basis. Simple put, you don’t pay any upfront costs. Instead, our attorneys get a percentage when you receive a settlement.
Choose a firm with solid resources. Empire Law has strong relationships with accident reconstructionists, medical experts, and others who can help us build a strong case for you. We have the resources necessary to handle difficult and complicated cases and investigations.
Contact Empire Law for your Maui Motorcycle Accident
We are committed to providing our clients with the best customer service possible. Communication with our clients is a key to our success and we will regularly update you on the status of your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no fees unless we win.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact Empire Law today. During your free consultation, we will answer your questions and explain what your legal rights are as well as determine whether we think you have a case and if you are eligible to collect compensation.
Choose the skilled, aggressive, and compassionate attorney and legal team at the Maui-based firm of Empire Law to represent you in your motorcycle accident case.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. Call (808) 633-8542, start a live chat, or fill out our online case evaluation form.
“I got rear ended and Kristin helped me as I didn’t know what to do with a hit and run. I had a serious whiplash injury. I am so grateful for your passion, dedication, and professionalism. I’ve hired an accident lawyer on Maui before but you are truly the best personal injury lawyer in Hawaii. I didn’t realize we had an expert accident lawyer near me. Thank you so much! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the amazing legal work you did for me and my family.”
“Kristin came into my life when I was on pretty shaky ground. Her support, professionalism, dedication, and generous heart allowed me to get my life back. I could trust her and knew that I had a real partner in a very uncertain time. I felt like I had a sister fighting for me and nothing got past her. To say I recommend her feels like an understatement. I am eternally grateful to have been represented by Kristin and for the outcome of my case.”
‘I had never been in any situation where I needed a lawyer until this past August. Recommended by an Oahu attorney and a personal friend here on Maui, I reached out to Empire Law. Kristin had me at ease with the first phone call! She had my case sorted out immediately and explained everything in terms I could understand. Not only was she able to successfully defend me from an unjust accusation, her empathetic ways towards me and my family offered unexpected emotional support. In a Courtroom setting, her knowledge, fierce presence, and professionalism made me feel confident and at ease. My family and I are eternally grateful to Kristin and we would highly recommend her and Empire Law.”