motorcycle crash

Motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy riding in Bozeman and throughout Montana due to Montana’s natural beauty and hospitable people. However, many motorcyclists suffer serious bodily injuries or death while riding in Montana. Motorcycle accidents are not the same as car accidents. An attorney who does not understand motorcycles and the nuances of motorcycle lawsuits can cost a client their case.

AFJ Law Firm attorney, Anthony Jackson, has been riding motorcycles most of his life — ever since he saved up money from mowing laws and shoveling sidewalks to buy a used Kawasaki KX 80. He has decades of experience riding motorcycles. These motorcycles range from dirt bikes to sport street bikes to enduro adventure bikes. He has a real world understanding how and why motorcycle collisions occur and how they differ from other motor vehicle accidents. Few other Montana attorneys have this experience with motorcycles and motorcycle accidents. This experience has been invaluable in Anthony helping his motorcyclist clients who are injured by other’s carelessness and negligence. In fact, this experience was critical in Anthony securing the largest motorcycle personal injury jury verdict in Montana history for an injured motorcyclist.

Motorcycle Accidents Are Most Often Not Caused by the Motorcyclist 

Motorcyclists are not responsible for most motorcycle collisions in Bozeman and throughout Montana. Motorcycle versus vehicle accidents are most often caused by a negligent driver who does not look for or see the motorcyclist. Statistically, in multiple vehicle accidents involving a motorcyclist and a passenger vehicle driver, the vehicle’s driver violates the motorcyclist’s right-of-way and causes the collision about two-thirds of the time. Statistically, the most frequent motorcycle accident involves a motorcycle proceeding straight and a passenger vehicle making a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle. Or, a driver may change lanes without checking their blind spot and cause a sideswipe accident that puts a motorcyclist in the hospital or kills the motorcyclist. 

Many people — even law enforcement, judges, and juries — too often stereotype motorcyclists as reckless and irresponsible. However, the truth is that many different people enjoy riding motorcycles. A motorcyclist injured by no fault of their own should not be penalized due to false stereotypes. All motorcyclists deserve to use the roads responsibly without fearing that other motorists will put their lives at risk. AFJ Law Firm can help reduce, and will be prepared for, the impact of unjust stereotypes being used against an injured motorcyclist.

The Injured Party in a Motorcycle Accident Must Prove the Four Elements of Negligence 

The four elements of negligence are as follows: duty, breach, causation, and damages. Every person who uses a car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle has a duty to act as a reasonably prudent person under similar circumstances. When a party breaches this duty, and the breach causes another person to suffer injuries, the negligent party may be liable for the victim’s injuries. 

It is the injured party’s burden to prove all four negligence elements in a motorcycle injury case. AFJ Law Firm can help you establish liability in your motorcycle accident case and help you obtain full and fair financial compensation for those injuries. Eyewitness testimony, documentary evidence, and photographs are only some types of evidence that can be used to prove that the defendant was negligent. Your motorcycle injury attorney needs to know and be able to bring into evidence the statistics, recreations, and facts that demonstrate what happened in the collision and why the defendant is negligent.

The Benefits of Retaining Bozeman, Montana Firm AFJ Law Firm as Your Motorcycle Accident Attorney  

AFJ Law Firm has a level of experience with and an understanding of motorcycles and motorcycle collisions that few attorneys have. We understand you, why you ride, and how far too often motorcyclists are injured by other’s malice, recklessness, and negligence. It is important that your lawyer believes in you and your case. Jurors and judges can sense an inauthentic lawyer who themselves is biased against their own client for riding a motorcycle. You deserve someone who is truly on your side, and you can rest assured that we would not take your case if we were not.

Retaining AFJ Law Firm can provide you with peace of mind — allowing injured clients or the family of a rider killed in a motorcycle accident to focus on healing. Retaining AFJ Law Firm will protect you with attorney-client privilege and attorney-client confidentiality. When you have legal representation, insurance companies and opposing counsel will take you more seriously. After you hire an attorney to represent you, you no longer have to speak to insurance claim adjusters and can tell them counsel represents you. You will also be able to ensure that the insurance company and opposing counsel understand that the case may go to trial if the parties cannot reach a settlement agreement.

AFJ Law Firm is also a Montana law firm with experience in Montana Courts. We are in the Montana legal community. We know the Montana judges, Montana citizens, and Montana legal venues. Let us put this knowledge and experience to work for you.

Contact AFJ Law Firm Today to Schedule a Free Consultation 

Reach out to AFJ Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case. We have years of experience representing clients in motorcycle accident cases. You do not have to stand up to insurance companies and defense attorneys alone. 

Contact us to learn more about the legal options available to you. Suffering injuries during a motorcycle accident case can be devastating. We can help you seek monetary compensation for your injuries. 

Still have questions about your motorcycle accident claim and potential lawsuit? Contact us today or visit our personal injury and insurance coverage law frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.