Treasure Valley Motorcycle Accident Lawyer with Offices in Boise, ID and Nampa, ID
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle in the Treasure Valley area, attorney Joe Frick Law can help you protect your right to just compensation. Get the help that you need to secure the financial recovery you deserve. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.
There is an unfortunate bias that motorcycle riders face when seeking financial compensation for their accident-related injuries. If a motorcycle was involved in an accident, the rider must have been speeding, weaving through traffic, or doing some other dangerous thing that put the rider and others in harm’s way. Right?
Wrong. The truth is that most motorcycle riders follow sound safety practices and observe the rules of the road. In fact, the biggest threat that most riders face is not themselves, but rather other drivers on the road. At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, we understand this, and we are committed to helping injured motorcycle riders fight to win the compensation that they deserve.
Get to Know Joe Frick Law, PLLC
Joe Frick Law, PLLC is a Treasure Valley-area law firm that devotes a significant portion of its practice to helping accident victims and their loved ones obtain financial compensation through insurance settlement negotiations and aggressive representation at trial. Licensed in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Kansas, attorney Joe Frick has built a strong reputation as an effective advocate for his clients. Since separating from the U.S. Air Force to pursue a career in the law, Joe Frick has earned recognition as a Top Ten Personal Injury Attorney from the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys, and he was named to The National Trial Lawyers’ list of Top 40 Under 40.
At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, we offer free initial consultations to motorcycle accident victims in the Treasure Valley area, and we do not charge any legal fees unless we win compensation. As a result, we are 100 percent on your side, and you can rest assured that we will pursue your case with the dedication and attention to detail necessary to win the compensation that you deserve.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases We Handle
Our motorcycle acident injury lawyers provide experienced legal representation for all types of motorcycle claims throughout the Treasure Valley area. In most cases, compensation claims are based upon a driver’s negligence – driving drunk or distracted, failing to watch out for motorcycles, falling asleep behind the wheel, and making other mistakes that lead to dangerous accidents. But, there are numerous other factors that can contribute to motorcycle accidents, as well. At Joe Frick Law, PLLC, we make it a priority to identify all parties that are responsible for our clients’ losses.
Depending upon the specific circumstances involved, the following are all examples of motorcycle accidents that may entitle riders and their loved ones to seek just compensation:
Accidents Caused by Negligent Drivers
Negligent driving is among the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. For some reason, many drivers seem to think that motorcycles are not entitled to the same privileges and protections as other vehicles on the road. As a result, they follow too closely, pull out in front of motorcycles, occupy motorcycles’ lanes, and make other mistakes that unnecessarily put riders at risk for serious injury.
Accidents Caused by Defective and Poorly Maintained Vehicles
Vehicle defects and maintenance issues can lead to motorcycle accidents, as well. If a driver is unable to avoid causing a collision due to a brake failure, this is just one example of many in which a vehicle manufacturer, dealership, or repair shop may be financially responsible for a motorcycle accident victim’s injuries.
Accidents Caused by Road Defects and Maintenance Issues
Road defects and maintenance issues can present unique risks for unsuspecting motorcycle riders. Loose gravel, potholes, standing water, and other issues can quickly turn a casual ride in the Treasure Valley into a life-or-death situation.
Front-end accidents can be extremely dangerous for motorcycle riders, and frequently result from driver negligence. Front-end accidents can involve vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bike (when a car stops suddenly without warning) or oncoming traffic (a head-on collision).
High-side accidents occur when a motorcycle begins to turn and flips forward on its side, causing the rider to be flung onto the road ahead.
In a low-side accident, the motorcycle’s tires slip out and cause the bike to fall backward on its side. In low-side accidents, rider’s legs can be pinned underneath the motorcycle, or they can slide on the road after losing contact with the bike.
Car, truck, van and SUV drivers will often fail to stop in time to avoid rear-ending a motorcycle in a traffic backup or at an intersection. In many cases, drivers simply “look past” motorcycles, focusing on the other four-wheeled vehicles in front of them.
Sideswipes are common on multi-lane highways when drivers fail to observe approaching motorcycles while changing lanes. In heavy traffic and on roads with low shoulders, riders may be left with nowhere to go in order to avoid a collision.
T-bone accidents are most common at intersections and frequently occur when drivers run red lights and stop signs. Motorcycle riders with the right of way can suffer serious injuries when negligent drivers enter intersections at speed unexpectedly.
Contact our offices today to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer.
Motorcycle Accident FAQs
Q: How do I know if someone else was at fault in the accident?
In order to establish fault after a motorcycle accident, it is critical to conduct an investigation as soon as possible. Skid marks on the road, the damage to your bike and the vehicle that hit you, and other forms of evidence can all disappear if not photographed and collected promptly. In addition, it may be necessary to subpoena the driver’s phone records or obtain a copy of the accident report to help prove that the driver was distracted or drunk at the time of the accident. There are many other ways to prove fault as well, and the key is to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation.
Q. What if I was partially at fault in the accident?
Determining fault in an accident requires a thorough legal analysis that takes into consideration all of the facts and circumstances involved. As a result, the only way to truly know whether you were at fault is to speak with a qualified attorney. But, even if you were partially at fault, you may still be entitled to a partial financial recovery.
Q: Will you settle my case?
The decision to settle is up to you. While our goal in every case is to settle for maximum value as quickly as possible, you get to choose whether to accept a settlement offer or take your case to trial. We will give you the information you need to make an informed decision. If you are not satisfied with the insurance company’s best offer, we will fight aggressively to enforce your rights at trial.
Q: How much can I recover for my motorcycle accident losses?
Each case is unique, and determining how much you can recover requires a careful assessment of the extent of your physical and psychological injuries, as well as the consequences your injuries are likely to have in the future. How much are your outstanding medical bills? What type(s) of ongoing treatment will you need? How long will you be out of work? What other ways have your injuries impacted your life? These are all critical questions that need to be answered when assessing your claim for financial compensation.
Q: How long will it take to resolve my claim?
It could take as little as a couple of months, or it could take a year or longer. The answer to this question depends in large part on how reasonable the insurance company is willing to be with its settlement offers. If we can negotiate a fair settlement, your case could be over relatively quickly. If we need to go to trial, it will take a while longer.
Q: How can I cover my bills while my claim is pending?
If you need help covering your bills while your claim is pending, there are options available. For one, we may be able to work with your medical providers to delay payment until your claim is resolved. Another option is to consider pre-settlement funding from a reputable provider. Many providers offer funds that only need to be repaid if you win, though you will need to make sure you understand all of the costs involved. We can help you assess your options if this is something that you need to consider.
Q: How do I get started on my claim?
To get started with your claim, contact Joe Frick Law, PLLC to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Once you choose to work with us, we will take quick and decisive action to begin fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Speak with Treasure Valley Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Joe Frick
If you are ready to stand up for your rights after a motorcycle accident in the Treasure Valley area, contact Joe Frick Law, PLLC to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with attorney Joe Frick personally about your case, call (208) 401-9311 or tell us about your accident online now.