Motorbike Accident Compensation: Injuries and Damages
Motorbike accidents are the leading cause of death between 6-33 year olds in the United States, and around 3,000 cyclists are killed each year, while many others are seriously injured, and undergo life changes and disabilities due to their accident. Although the amount of damages which can be sought in motorcycle cases varies widely from state to state, if you have been injured in an accident due to another's negligence, you are entitled to motorbike accident compensation. The severity of your injuries as well as to what extent the injuries affect your ability to perform the basic functions of your life and job, will determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to. Compared to a "regular" road accident, motorbike accidents are a bit more complicated due to the fact that a motorbike is considered a riskier vehicle to ride, resulting in a higher chance of you receiving an injury should an accident occur.
As with any accident, your medical bills following your motorbike accident can be piling up at an alarming rate. If you have received brain or spinal cord injuries, which are fairly common to motorcycle accidents, you may require extensive rehabilitative care, in many cases for the remainder of your life. Your medical insurance may not even begin to cover the extent of the medical bills, and can end up placing a huge financial burden on both you and your family members.
If your motorcycle was very serious--and most of them are--you may be temporarily or even permanently unable to perform the essential functions of your job, leaving you with no steady source of income. Even if you end up using your sick leave or vacation time during your recovery period, reimbursement may be available.
Punitive Damages, Pain and Suffering
If the circumstances surrounding your particular accident involved either extreme negligence or malicious actions on the part of another, punitive damages may be assessed against the person who caused the accident, and while punitive damages are not compensatory, they are meant to deter future bad behavior. The trauma suffered by yourself and your loved ones can result in a kind of emotional trauma that far surpasses the time immediately following the accident Compensation for pain and suffering will address the damages which go beyond medical expenses, lost wages, and repair or replacement costs to your motorbike.
Steps You Need To Take
You will need to make sure you have evidence to back up your claim of negligence, most specifically photos taken at the scene of the accident, preferably soon after the accident occurred. You will need to show the extent of damage both to your motorbike and to yourself, as well as the clothing and helmet you were wearing at the time of the accident. Insurance companies will try their best to downplay your injuries in order to pay out the least amount possible. You will need to gather any medical reports which explain the extent and scope of your injuries, as well as information from any witnesses of teh accident.
Getting the Best Legal Help Available
Effective legal representation can allow you the opportunity to obtain the maximum compensation available, and an experienced accident attorney will be able to carefully evaluate your specific case, and determine the best course of action. A highly skilled accident attorney can present your case in the strongest way possible, ensuring you receive all you are legally entitled to. An attorney will be familiar with all the necessary legal documents, and will likely work on a contingency fee, for a percentage of the settlement amount.