If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident that was due to another driver’s negligence in Atlanta, you may be able to collect damages for the injuries and losses you suffered. Damages can include financial expenses as well as amounts for pain and suffering.
Motorcycle accidents can be traumatic, painful, and expensive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are roughly 28 times more likely than car occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash.
Motorcycle accidents can result in fatal and life-threatening injuries for those riding on a motorcycle and other road users. They can also cause severe financial hardship. Serious injuries can lead to permanent disability, loss of wages, and skyrocketing medical bills. The victim and their entire family could feel the financial impact of mounting medical bills and loss of income.
Considering all the potentially devastating effects of a motorcycle accident, it becomes evident that compensation should reflect the extent of any injuries as well as all other damages sustained by the victim.
There is no average settlement for a motorcycle accident as accident claims can vary greatly. An accident victim who suffered only minor injuries and damage to their motorcycle will normally not be able to recover as much compensation as someone who is permanently disabled after an accident.
Generally, in a personal injury lawsuit, victims can seek the following economic (financial) damages:
- Medical bills and estimated future medical expenses
- Medication costs
- Loss of income and future income losses
- Reduced earning capacity
- Modifications made to their home
- Transportation costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
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Those who have suffered significant injuries may also be entitled to “non-economic” damages in a lawsuit. Non-economic damages are largely subjective as they do not relate to a particular dollar value.
Victims could seek various non-economic damages for the following:
- Physical pain and anguish
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of a limb or a sense
- Reduced life enjoyment
Compensation Depends on Several Factors
The amount of compensation you could recover ultimately depends on the severity of your injuries as well as other factors of your motorcycle crash.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each crash-related emergency department visit costs approximately $3,300, with hospitalization on average costing around $57,000 over an individual’s lifetime. The more serious the injuries of the accident victim, the higher these amounts will be.
Motorcycle accidents can cause a number of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, including but not limited to:
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Neck and back injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Road rash
- Loss of limbs
- Internal organ injuries
Injuries from motorcycle accidents can require life-long costly medical treatments. An individual suffering from disabling injuries may never lead an independent life again or return to their career.
Unfortunately, insurance companies can be somewhat biased against motorcyclists since injuries in motorcycle accidents tend to be serious and costly. This can mean that insurance companies will try to find an excuse to avoid payouts.
Having a dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer by your side can help you recover your due after a motorcycle accident.
Proving a Motorcycle Accident Claim
In order to recover any damages, you and your motorcycle accident lawyer will first have to prove that another’s negligence or recklessness caused your accident, injuries, and suffering.
Your attorney can fully analyze your claim and prove negligence by collecting the following evidence:
- Police accident reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Expert witness opinion
- Traffic or dash camera footage
- Photographs and/or videos of the crash scene
- Medical records
- Emergency Service reports
Once your attorney has assembled the necessary evidence to prove your claim, they will get to work with building a case against the negligent driver. In a personal injury claim, your motorcycle accident lawyer will want to prove several elements:
- The negligent driver owed you a duty of care
- They breached duty
- The breach caused your accident and injuries
- You have suffered damages
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Your Lawyer Can Fight for Your Rights
It can be hard to know where to turn after you or a family member suffered the tragic consequences of a motorcycle accident. We understand that you might be wary of seeking legal recourse, perhaps worrying about the costs and any added stress that a lawsuit will bring if an out-of-court settlement can’t be reached.
Your attorney can get to work immediately, protecting your legal rights and informing you about what damages you can collect for a motorcycle accident. They can negotiate with the insurance company and defend you from any attempts to shift the blame for the accident on you.
Hire Your Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you suffered physical, emotional, and financial consequences due to another road user’s negligence, a lawsuit may be your only hope for obtaining the compensation that you deserve. A motorcycle accident lawyer can handle all the legal aspects of your case while you heal from the injuries you suffered in the accident.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at (404) 888-8888 for your complimentary consultation with one of our team members.