Accidents involving motorcycles often result in serious injuries or death to the driver. Some injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, may result in a permanent disability and/or prevent you from returning to work. Unfortunately, these types of catastrophic injuries can completely change your life, and may require long-term care including physical therapy, medication, or medical equipment.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and have sustained injuries, you may be able to receive compensation for your current medical bills as well as those in the future, loss of earning, and pain and suffering and the damage to your bike.
Two frequently asked questions by victims of motorcycle accident cases is “how much is the average motorcycle accident settlement worth?” and “how much can I expect to recover in a settlement in California?”
There is no simple answer to that question because the average settlement depends on a number of factors including who was at fault and the damages.
You can’t just pick a number
Liability is at the heart of determining a motorcycle accident settlement amount. California is a “fault-based” insurance state which means that the person found to be at fault for an accident is liable for the damages sustained by the other driver.
There are number of factors that go into calculating motorcycle accident damages:
- Past/immediate/future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages and/or earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages in particular cases; for example, in an accident caused by a drunk driver
Two things to keep in mind: California is a pure comparative negligence state which means that a court can reduce the victim’s award if it’s determined that he or she share some percentage of the liability; the higher your percentage of fault, the lower your award. And the negotiation process is an adversarial relationship between the plaintiff or victim and the defendant’s insurance company. The insurer is going to try and settle your claim for the lowest amount possible.
Why you need an attorney
Motorcycle accident settlements can be complicated, especially when it comes to determining liability. In order to get a fair and appropriate settlement, together, we will prove the value of your case by providing reliable evidence such as witness statements, medical bills, proof of lost wages/potential earnings, photos from the accident scene as well as proof of the type of injuries sustained.
Motorcycle injury lawyers are skilled and licensed in California motorcycle law. Hire a reputable motorcycle accident attorney with great success in negotiating favorable settlements for their clients. Contact Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, Riverside, CA, to arrange a consultation.