There is no average settlement for motorcycle accident cases. The amount of compensation you can recover will depend on the details of your case. Factors like your injuries and accident-related losses will play a role in your financial recovery. A personal injury lawyer can calculate the total cost of your damages to help you receive a fair settlement.
A lawyer from our firm can consult experts to ensure your case is not undervalued or underpaid. They will also make sure the full financial impact on your future is documented. If someone you love was fatally injured, your lawyer will document the financial impact of wrongful death on your family.
What Compensation Can I Request After a Motorcycle Accident?
After a motorcycle accident, you are generally entitled to three types of personal injury damages — economic, non-economic, and wrongful death. The personal injury lawyer who represents you will determine which damages you can recover.
Economic Damages You Can Recover
You can recover economic damages for the financial losses you suffered because of a motorcycle accident. They include:
- Past, current, and future medical bills
- Past, current, and future income losses
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damage or destruction
- Diminished property value
The value of these damages is usually supported by bills, receipts, and estimates. Your lawyer will collect these documents for you.
Recoverable Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are your intangible losses and can be difficult to document. They include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Lasting disabilities and disfiguring injuries
- Diminished quality of life
The value of these damages can be supported by your future prognosis and your own statement about the toll the accident has taken on your life. An attorney from our firm can assign a monetary value to these damages to help you recover compensation.
You Can Recover Wrongful Death Damages if Your Loved One Passed Away
Motorcyclists are not protected from the impact of an accident the same way vehicle occupants are. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research, 5,579 motorcyclists were fatally injured in accidents in 2020.
If your family lost a loved one in a motorcycle collision, you could recover the costs of their funeral and burial expenses. You could also recover your family’s loss of your loved one’s financial and household contributions. Loss of consortium, loss of companionship, and loss of parental guidance are also recoverable damages.
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How Long Do I Have To Seek Compensation?
If your case isn’t settled fairly through an insurance claim, you may choose to file a lawsuit. The laws of your state determine how much time you have to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. In Florida, you have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a).
Your lawyer will explain the statute of limitations in your state and the consequences of failing to file your lawsuit on time. In most cases:
- You will not be able to file at all if the filing deadline expires.
- Your lawsuit will be dismissed without being heard if the deadline expires.
The sooner you get a lawyer involved in your case, the better. Early intervention means the attorney has more time to locate witnesses and visit the accident scene. It also means they have more time to negotiate on your behalf and file your lawsuit on time.
How Do I Prove the At-Fault Driver Caused the Accident?
To recover compensation, you must prove the fault of another party. Establishing legal negligence and liability means proving the at-fault driver:
- Owed you a duty of care: To follow the rules of the road and drive safely
- Breached their responsibility: Drove in an erratic or reckless manner
- Causation: Their actions directly caused the accident and your injuries
- Damages: The accident the at-fault party caused resulted in your losses
Our law firm will collect evidence that proves each of these elements.
What Kind of Evidence Should I Collect?
Any evidence you have can help prove the validity of your claims. If you are unable to gather evidence, a lawyer from our firm can collect it for you. We will use this evidence to prove that the accident was caused by the at-fault driver. An attorney can also use evidence to prove that your accident resulted in damages.
Some examples of evidence we can use include:
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Statements from accident scene reconstruction experts
- Rehabilitation and therapy records
- Photos and videos from the scene of the accident
Get a Free Review of Your Motorcycle Accident Case
If you or a loved one was injured in a collision, I will explain the average motorcycle accident settlement. I will also explain the monetary damages that are possible when determining the value of your case.
At Andrew Pickett Law, PLLC, my experienced team of paralegals works hard to ensure your case gets the attention to detail it deserves. Our team of paralegals can meet with you for a free case review. Find out how driven I am to get you a fair settlement by calling our law firm today.