Because of the nature of motorcycle riding, nearly every motorcyclist has worried about the possibility of getting into an accident. If you have been unfortunate enough to experience one, then you’re likely trying to learn everything you can about motorcycle accident lawsuits.
One of the major questions hanging over your head may be what the average settlement amount awarded to the victim of a motorcycle accident is. Cases resolve for various amounts depending on a lot of different factors. Recently, we have settled motorcycle injury cases for as much as $2,000,000.00 and for a little as $15,000.00, but in the larger settlement, the injuries were much more serious than the smaller settlement. Unfortunately, settlements are not one size fits all – an attorney will work with you to determine the value of your case and the compensation you deserve. Then you and your attorney will start the process of insurance company negotiations.
Is Your Case Worth More?
There are a variety of factors that go into determining how much money your motorcycle accident case is worth. Proving damages is one of the is a part of any negligence lawsuit. After establishing the other driver’s liability, damages must be established. Damages are proved by looking at past and future medical bills, past and future lost income, and the intangible way the injuries have impacted your life. These two categories of damages are called economic damages and non-economic damages.
If the at fault party had automobile insurance, then serious injuries will usually result in the full policy limit being demanded to resolve the injury case. If the driver does not have enough insurance to cover the total damages, then the driver may be forced to pay a portion of the settlement from any individual assets. Most at fault driver’s don’t have significant personal assets and these situations don’t usually arise.
Don’t Make This Mistake
You may feel like you’re invincible on the road, but motorcycle accident stats don’t lie. Motorcyclists are at higher risk of getting into accidents and being seriously injured in crashes than drivers of enclosed vehicles. That is why being prepared for a lawsuit if necessary is crucial for even the most experienced motorcyclists. Knowing what to expect when pursuing a lawsuit helps make the process less intimidating and tedious, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be fairly compensated in the end. That’s why you need to hire an attorney.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need someone to fight for you when you’re not able to fight for yourself. At Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, our attorneys are not only dedicated to getting you the best settlement possible, but we are experts in the intricacies of motorcycle law. Our team is committed to making sure your rights are protected, and that you feel confident getting back out on the open road.