Motorcycle accidents can be tragic, especially for the motorcyclist. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that as a motorcyclist in a crash, you are 28 times more likely to die compared to a car driver or car occupant.
If a motorcycle accident leaves you with extensive injuries and medical bills piling up, you might wonder what lawyer deals with motorcycle accidents. While many personal injury lawyers may deal with car accidents, not all handle cases involving motorcycles.
If you have suffered serious or perhaps permanent injuries in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s reckless actions, you can seek a lawyer who knows how to handle motorcycle cases.
How to Choose a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you are considering legal representation when pursuing compensation, you will want to make sure that you have a lawyer who handles motorcycle accident cases. There are some issues that you may want to consider in choosing your lawyer. You will most likely want to make sure that your lawyer or firm:
- Has worked on motorcycle and car accident cases
- Is familiar with the traffic laws in your state
- Does not charge you attorney’s fees upfront and works on a contingency basis
- Offers you a free consultation to discuss your accident claim
- Will be passionately fighting for your rights
These are just some of the things that can be important for your case. Once you have been able to speak to a firm or a member of a motorcycle accident lawyer’s team, you may have a feeling as to whether they are a good fit for you or not. Above all it is important that you can trust your lawyer and have faith that they will fight for your best interests.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries and Compensation
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motorcycle accidents can lead to severe injuries, especially damage to the head and brain. Some of the injuries motorcyclists can suffer from crashes include:
- Road rash
- Cuts and lacerations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Back injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
While some injuries can be minor, others can completely change a victim’s life. They may never be able to return to their career or live independently, for example. This can cause immense anxiety about the future and how to pay for any bills. If you have suffered such life-changing injuries, having legal counsel and representation can help to reassure you.
If someone else caused your injuries due to negligence, for example, by speeding and driving recklessly, you could have legal recourse and may be able to recover compensation for your damages. Generalizing about any settlement amounts can be tricky, as each motorcycle accident case is different. However, you might receive certain economic as well as non-economic damages with a personal injury lawsuit.
Economic damages, among others, can include:
- All medical expenses related to an accident
- Lost income and lost future wages
- Property damage
- Transportation costs
- Any out-of-pocket costs related to the accident
Non-economic damages can be more challenging to quantify; however, a motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to help you assess your non-economic damages, which can include:
- Emotional suffering and distress
- Loss of life quality
- Loss of a limb or limbs
- Scarring and disfigurement
There could be additional economic and non-economic damages due to you.
A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Having a motorcycle accident working for you can help with all the technicalities of filing a lawsuit. A lawyer can also work on your case while you are free to recuperate and recover from your injuries. A motorcycle accident lawyer can assist you with:
Gathering Information and Evidence
Your lawyer will research your case in-depth and gather all the necessary documents, such as medical records and bills, as well as insurance information. They will also collect any evidence that may help your case, such as traffic camera and dashcam footage, police accident reports, and witness’ statements.
Negotiating for You
Your lawyer can negotiate with the applicable insurance and the defendant in order to try to achieve a fair out-of-court settlement. Not all personal injury cases are settled in court. However, in the event that this is not working out in your favor, they can take your case to trial to fight for your rights and compensation for your losses.
We could help you with your case. In the first instance, we can offer you a free, no-obligation consultation to get to know our team and firm. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC and find out how we could help you pursue compensation by dialing (800) 959-1444.