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Motorcycle Accidents

Ride Hard. Demand Justice! 

There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, and sometimes it is difficult to determine the exact cause, especially here in the Northwest, where climate can be a factor during certain times of the year.

That is why, once I am retained as an attorney in your case, I will conduct a close examination of the evidence collected at the crash site that may show roadway defects, intoxicated motorists, aggressive or careless drivers or simply negligent motorists that caused your injuries.

  • I understand that your immediate goal after going through such a trauma is to get your medical bills paid, and to make sure that some insurance company is going to pay for future treatment related to your injuries and make sure you do not suffer financially. 
  • Secondly, I will work both with your insurance company and the opposing insurance company to make sure your needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
  • Lastly, if the amount of monetary compensation offered is inadequate, I have no problem taking the negligent parties to court.

 

 

What Happens When You Call My Office?

I will listen carefully as you describe the day of the crash, beginning with your activities in the morning and later throughout the day. Sometimes it will be necessary to hire an expert witness who can perform such tasks as examining tire tracks, the details of the police report, the weather conditions, and the driving history of the motorist who struck you.

Sometimes my work can result in a fast settlement if liability is clear and the damages you have sustained approach the policy limits of the other driver.

In other circumstances it may be necessary to take your case to trial if the opposing insurance company is being stubborn and unreasonable. After working as a prosecutor, I spent 16 years representing insurance companies in negligence cases. I know how they think and how their attorneys think. I enjoy putting my insurance experience to work for bikers who have been injured due to the negligence of others.

PUNITIVE DAMAGES

You deserve compensation for the time you've missed from work, the past and future pain and suffering you've endured, as well as the more obvious items such as medical bills and past and future lost wages. Although punitive damages cannot be awarded in Washington, they can in Idaho. Punitive damages are extra money that a jury can award if the motorist's actions were extremely reckless, almost to the point of intentionally causing an injury. Even if it appears that you were partially at fault for the crash, I will work to get every penny of what it takes to get you back on your feet.

DRUNK DRIVERS

I have experience holding drunk drivers accountable for the suffering they have inflicted due to their horrible driving. When I was a prosecutor I tried cases against drunk drivers and had the judge send them to jail. But sending the offender to jail does not fully compensate the injured motorcyclist for his or her damages such as lost wages, medical bills, and past and future pain and suffering.

That's where my lengthy history of trying personal injury cases is an asset in every personal injury case I accept. If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident due to a drunk driver, I will fight aggressively to pursue maximum monetary compensation for your injuries.

WRONGFUL DEATH

Sometimes these collisions with bikers result in the death of the biker (and his passenger). In such situations, the spouse, children, and in some cases other relatives are entitled to monetary compensation for the loss of their loved one.

Following a crash, it is imperative that you seek legal advice from an attorney who is experienced and licensed to practice law in the state where you are injured. I am licensed to practice law in both Idaho and Washington, and I handle cases in both states.

ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION

In addition to obtaining all police or trooper reports, I will visit the accident scene to observe and document any additional factors that could have led to the crash. In some cases, I hire an accident reconstruction expert who, having been trained in engineering, uses data such as the length of the tire skid marks, to determine how and why the crash occurred, sometimes even calculating the speed of both drivers.

HIGHER SETTLEMENT

My aggressive approach to represent injured persons differs from many other firms. Although most cases settle without a trial, I handle a case from the beginning as if it WILL go to trial. This approach usually results in a higher settlement because it lets the opposing insurance company know that your attorney is ready and willing to take the case to trial if necessary.

My goal is to maximize each and every client's monetary recovery. In order to do this, I give each case individual attention. Although it is often to the advantage of the injured biker to settle the case, if the settlement offer by the insurance company is inadequate, I am prepared to take your case to trial before a jury.

 

How the Bendell Law Firm Can Help Motorcycle Riders Who are Injured.

When you trust the Bendell Law Firm with your motorcycle accident claim, I will take action immediately which will set in motion the steps to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.

You can count on me to act aggressively, decisively and intelligently in pursuit of the payment you deserve. Unlike many larger firms who pass files on to younger, inexperienced junior attorneys, I will personally handle your case from the outset.

Specifically, here is what you can expect:

  • As your attorney I will serve as your voice in all aspects of the accident claim. If insurance adjusters and others call you, you can send them to me instead of answering all their questions.
  • I will launch an investigation immediately to gather every piece of relevant evidence related to your accident.  If the police reports are vague, I will speak to the investigating officers who responded to the scene, and I will interview witnesses to the crash. I may also decide to work with an accident reconstruction expert.
  • I will work to identify every potentially liable party that can be held financially responsible for the crash. In some cases, this may mean that we sue a manufacturer of defective equipment in addition to suing the at-fault driver.
  • When you are medically stable, I will meet with you and come up with a  negotiation strategy in an attempt to get maximum compensation through negotiation with the insurance adjuster. If the offers from the insurance company are not reasonable, I will gear up for litigation and file a lawsuit on your behalf.
  • I will go the extra mile to take care of your legal needs while you focus on recovery. I will send out representation letters, letting insurance companies and health care providers know that I am representing you. In some cases, these letters can result in doctors and hospitals not sending overdue bills to collection until the case is settled.
  • I will keep you informed every step of the way. With my secure online case management program, you will have access to all the documents received or drafted by me in your case. You will be able to communicate with me by phone, email or text messaging. I will always be available to answer your questions and provide updates to your case.

REMEMBER:  Insurance adjusters, even adjusters from your own insurance company, are loyal to their employers. Although the adjuster from your insurance company has a fiduciary duty to act in your best interest, this tends to be true more in theory than in practice.

 

Don't let the Other Side Push the Blame on You!

Reckless motorists are often quick to point the finger of the motorcyclist after a crash. Unfortunately, this plays up to the fact that many jurors have a prejudice against motorcycle riders. At the Bendell Law Firm, I fight to use facts, psychology, and logic to overcome jury bias.

Even if a motorcyclist is partially at fault for the crash, I may still be able to obtain monetary damages for you under the doctrine of ‘comparative negligence'. The comparative negligence doctrine states that the driver bearing the greatest amount of fault still has to pay the injured biker a portion of the damages he has sustained.

As your attorney, I will make it my job to gather and present all evidence favoring your side of the case and fight false allegations made against you and protect you from being falsely blamed for the crash.

CONTACT ME TODAY

At Bendell Law Firm, PLLC is committed to answering your questions about Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Probate and Business Disputes law issues in Kootenai County and Spokane.

I offer a free consultation and I'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact me today to schedule an appointment.

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