In warm climates and summer months, motorcycles are a very enjoyable and exciting mode of transportation. However, there are many risks inherent with motorcycles, as indicated by the 5,172 motorcycle fatalities and 89,000 injuries in the United States in 2017 as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For another perspective about the dangers of motorcycles, consider this statistic: in 2017, there were 59.3 fatalities per 100,000 motorcycles registered; in the same year, there were 8.78 fatalities per 100,000 light trucks and passenger vehicles registered—a nearly 7x difference.
The unfortunate reality is that many of these accidents are not caused by the motorcycle driver, but instead are caused by other drivers due to things like inexperience or distractions. In these cases, though, it can be relieving to know that there are tort laws in place that are intended to provide financial protection for the victim or their surviving family members.
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Who Is Responsible For a Motorcycle Accident?
One of the first steps in any personal injury claim is to determine who is at fault for the accident, and therefore responsible for the injuries and the financial impacts that they have on the victim’s life. In order to determine who is at fault, you and your attorney may need to go through many steps of an investigation, such as gathering eyewitness accounts, recovering surveillance footage, and more. However, there are plenty of times where it is very clear that the other driver is at fault, meaning that you will be able to go straight into calculating a fair settlement.
How Much Is a Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
The next step in any personal injury case after the fault has been established is to calculate the amount of compensation that the victim deserves. This process is highly specific to the victim’s life as a significant portion of the calculations hinges on things like their income and the severity of their injuries. The following is just a general overview:
Economic damages are the basis for a personal injury claim and are specific to the costs of your medical bills, the impacts to your income, and the costs of any supportive services that you may need to hire as you work on your recovery. These concrete damages will provide your attorney with a foundation to build the rest of your case on.
Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate because they attempt to assign dollar values to things such as the actual pain and suffering of your injuries, the depression that is so common following these accidents, and impacts on your quality of life. Insurance companies like to argue these damages more aggressively since there is no established way to measure these things, but a good attorney will fight for what you deserve.
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