Is There a Jury Bias against Motorcycle Riders Injured in an Accident?
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in Denver or the suburbs, you might be having difficulty getting a fair settlement from the insurance company of the driver who hurt you. The insurance company might count on the jury bias against motorcycle riders to keep any verdict against them low. If you represent yourself, it can be hard to overcome this bias, so the insurance company will keep its offers low.
However, if you enlist the help of an experience motorcycle accident attorney at Pushchak Law, we can use specific strategies to overcome these biases. The insurance company will see the risk of a large verdict against them and offer a larger settlement. If we do have to go to trial, we will know how to strategize to get a better verdict for you in your case.
Jury Bias against Motorcycle Riders
Although we are always supposed to go to court in front of a jury of our peers, that’s hard to do for a motorcycle rider. The truth is that most jurors will be car drivers who either haven’t ridden a motorcycle or have done so only briefly some time in the past.
For people who aren’t motorcycle riders, the conception of what riding is like is usually formed by media. This includes both news media, which promotes misleading statistics about motorcyclists, and television and movies, which seek to dramatize the portrayal of motorcycle riders to add drama to their story.
Based on their media experience and their personal experience watching motorcyclists, jurors who don’t ride might think that motorcycle riding is too inherently dangerous. This might reduce the compensation that motorcyclists deserve in their eyes. In addition, they might believe that motorcycle riders:
- Maneuver unsafely
- Drive impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Don’t follow the rules of the road
The combination of these factors can make them unlikely to give a motorcyclist a fair verdict in their case.
How We Battle Bias against Motorcycle Riders
At Pushchak Law, we are dedicated to ensuring every person gets a fair outcome in their case. This means we have to overcome the bias against motorcycle riders to make sure you get fair compensation when another driver is responsible for your injuries.
First, we try to avoid going to trial in your case. We are very good at dealing with insurance companies, and they will usually decide after hearing our presentation that it’s in their best interest to offer you a good settlement.
Second, if we do have to go to trial, we know how to shape the jury to be more impartial in your case. We will select jurors who come in with as little bias as possible, so they are prepared to hear the actual circumstances of your case before making a decision.
Finally, as part of our Informed Decisions™ approach, we take the time to get to know you. This means we can portray you accurately as a real person, helping us to break through the stereotypes that might form jurors’ bias. We will effectively convey the details of your case so a jury can see and understand why a fair outcome should include compensation for you.
If you’ve been hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident because of another driver’s negligence, you deserve compensation. At Pushchak Law, we are prepared to fight for that compensation against insurance companies, biased juries, and whomever else might stand between you and the fair outcome you deserve. And because we work on a contingency basis, you don’t have to pay us unless we get compensation for you.
To learn how we can help you get fair compensation a motorcycle accident, please contact us today for a free consultation. Pushchak Law serves clients in Denver and throughout Colorado.
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