Any type of accident can be life-changing, but if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, the injuries that you suffered can be particularly traumatic. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2014 motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, and per mile traveled, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely to die in an accident than someone who was in a vehicle. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to file a personal injury suit for the injuries that you suffered.
How do Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits Differ from Typical Car Accident Cases?
Motorcycle accidents can often cause injuries that are much more severe than vehicle accidents due to the level of exposure that a motorcycle rider experiences compared to someone who is in an automobile.
Factors that affect motorcycle accident litigation also differ from state to state. For example, Tennessee has a universal helmet law, which requires all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. Kentucky, on the other hand, only has a partial helmet law, and only requires riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet, leaving adult riders free to decide whether or not to wear a helmet. Whether your state requires you to wear a helmet—and whether you were actually wearing that helmet at the time of your accident—can have an impact on your case. If you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of your injury and your case goes to trial, it can be difficult to convince a biased judge or jury that the other party was solely at fault for your injury.
Insurance can also be a hassle to deal with after a motorcycle accident. It’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer to discuss your policy to see if you are covered in the event of a motorcycle accident. Even if you are covered, the extensive injuries that motorcyclists often endure during an accident may not be fully covered by an insurance settlement. Our personal injury lawyers are happy to discuss the specifics of your case with you absolutely free of charge. Call or fill out a case evaluation form, and one of our team members will get in touch with you at a time that works with your schedule.
What Damages Might I Be Awarded?
If you were injured in an accident while riding a motorcycle, you may be eligible to receive compensation to cover your medical bills. This compensation can cover costs such as:
- Hospital bills that you incurred after your accident;
- Surgeries you might have undergone because of your injuries;
- Long-term care if your injury was particularly severe;
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy to recover after your accident;
- Medical equipment you might need after your accident, such as a walker or wheelchair; and
- Prescription medication that you may require after your accident.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, then you know that the toll that the accident takes on you can be devastating in ways that aren’t necessarily financial. After a debilitating accident you may become depressed, have trouble sleeping or develop extreme anxiety. You may be able to recover for this emotional distress by filing a personal injury suit. You may also be able to recover for loss of consortium, which compensates your spouse for the loss of companionship, sexual relations, and comfort that you were able to provide before your accident.
After a motorcycle accident, it can take weeks or even months to heal if a complete recovery is ever possible. This recovery can mean that you are no longer able to work to support yourself or your family. If you have had to give up your job, either temporarily or permanently, then your lost earnings including earnings that you could have made in the future if you were able to work may be recoverable in a personal injury lawsuit.
If the person who caused your accident did something that was particularly unacceptable that caused the accident, then you may be able to get a separate award of punitive damages. This type of award is not necessarily meant to compensate you for any injury, but instead is meant to punish the person for their actions.
What if I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and have not called a lawyer because you don’t think you can pay the attorney fees, don’t wait any longer. The team of personal injury attorneys at Hughes & Coleman will fight for you on a contingency basis, which means your attorney only gets paid if he or she wins you compensation for your claim. If you don’t win any damages in your case, then you can walk away without ever owing your attorney a thing. You’ve got nothing to lose by contacting an attorney, so call or fill out a free case evaluation today.
Get the Compensation You Deserve—Contact Us Today
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, your main focus should be recovering. Don’t spend valuable time and energy trying to fight a motorcycle accident lawsuit by yourself. Personal injury cases can be very complicated. There are deadlines that have to be met, procedural rules that need to be followed, and paperwork that has to be filled out. Any mistake in this process can effect your case, and in extreme circumstances could even lead to your case being dismissed before you ever get a chance to argue it. Don’t feel like you need to fight this battle alone. The personal injury attorneys at Hughes & Coleman have decades of combined experience in fighting personal injury cases, and are here to fight your battle so that you don’t have to. Right now, focus on what is most important: healing.