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Motorcycle accidents

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Updated: 4/13/2007 6:36 pm
Cases involving motorcycle accidents are generally handled in the same way as other traffic-related cases. However, there are some specific areas of the law concerning motorcycle injuries that may make it advisable to consult an attorney with experience of this type of case. In many states, motorcyclists are required by law to wear protective headgear, and failure to do so may result in partially liability for any related injuries incurred. In most cases, an attorney will accept a motorcycle accident case on a contingency-fee basis, whereby the attorney charges a certain percentage of the damages awarded, usually 30 or 40 percent. In a no-fault insurance state, injuries are usually compensated by the motorcycle owner's own insurance company. Since motorcycle accidents are fairly common, and injuries to a relatively unprotected cyclist during an accident can be serious, the premiums for a motorcycle policy are generally quite high. If you live in a no-fault state and are involved in a motorcycle accident, you should contact your insurance company to find out about possible compensation for actual medical and other expenses. If you live in a fault state, inform your insurance company of the accident and contact an attorney specializing in personal injury law.
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