If you are an injured motorcyclist who sustained injuries from a vehicular accident, you need an experienced team of motorcycle attorneys to represent your legal claim while you seek medical treatment and recover. Compensation in a motorcycle case requires complex analysis and follow-up after the accident. An experienced motorcycle crash lawyer in California or the state where the accident occurred, can make a critical difference in the compensation you receive for your bodily injuries and property damage. Click here to learn about the types of motorcycle accidents that occur and the leading causes of injury for motorcyclists.
Every case is unique, but some items that we can help you obtain for your injuries in a potential settlement or lawsuit include:
Your medical bills may be high, especially if you’ve been to the Emergency Room after your motorcycle collision. An experienced motorcycle attorney can help make sure that any medical expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident are covered. Medical bills do not stop at just an Emergency Room. You may need further extensive care, like a chiropractor, pain management doctor, an orthopedic surgeon or even surgery depending on the extent of your injuries. Make sure your medical bills are covered by working with a California motorcycle attorney at Jacoby & Meyers.
The serious injuries that are typical in a motorcycle accident can create huge medical bills. Hospitalization for a head trauma, for example, can easily cost more than $20,000.
These expenses often extend beyond the first hospital stay to include necessary long-term care, including follow up surgery, therapies, chiropractic care and reconstructive surgeries as well as skilled nursing care during an extended convalescence. Compensation or Reimbursement for Life-Altering Injuries may also be recovered by your attorney. The severity of the accident will sometimes cause injuries that permanently alter a person’s physical or mental abilities. In these cases, the costs of rehabilitation, re-training, long-term therapy or lifetime care may also be included in the recovery after an accident.
Pain and Suffering
You are entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering caused by a liable negligent third party. However, there is no set amount of pain and suffering you are entitled to, having a knowledgeable motorcycle attorney working on your case can help you maximize your financial recovery.
The range of injuries from a motorcycle collision can cause pain for a few days, for a period of weeks or months or for the rest of an injured person’s life.
All these injuries cause weeks, months, or a lifetime of pain and suffering. Our legal system allows a person to receive compensation for this pain and suffering, but does not set a standard for these costs. A resourceful California motorcycle injury lawyer has economists who can calculate these costs and recommend an appropriate settlement.
If you have missed time from work, or are now unable to work, you may be able to recover money for your loss of earnings. Calculating how much your lost earnings are can be as simple as showing the time you had to take off from work, or as complicated as requiring an attorney to analyze your potential earnings and your lifetime economic losses due to your accident.
If a motorcycle has caused you to lose work time or to permanently be unable to work, you may be able to receive a settlement that includes the value of your lost wages and physical abilities.
Punitive damages are not common in a motorcycle related accident. However, they might apply if the driver of another vehicle was committing a crime, was motivated by road rage or was driving under the influence. All of these factors require complex research and analysis. An auto accident lawyer has access to the technical experts, medical experts and economists who can put together a complete picture of the damages involved in your accident. If the person who hit you was committing a crime, for example, driving under the influence, you may be able to recover punitive damages in excess of what you would normally receive.
Who Can Be Held Responsible to Pay for Your Economic & Non-Economic Damages?
- Drivers, owners and employers of other vehicles involved in the accident. In a multi-vehicle accident where the other driver was at fault, responsibility for the accident may not stop with the driver. If the person was driving a company-owned car or was driving on business, then the business might also share responsibility and have financial liability.
- Government Agencies. Federal, state and local agencies are responsible for maintaining roads, streets and highways. If the design, construction or maintenance of a street or highway was the cause of a motorcycle crash or a contributing factor, one or more of those agencies can be held at fault and responsible.
- Manufacturers. The motorcycle manufacturer can also be held responsible if the motorcycle had a defect in parts, design or manufacture. Manufacturers or defective safety gear like helmets may also be held responsible if their failure contributed to the injuries in the accident.
Hiring an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in California
An experienced auto accident lawyer knows how to assess responsibility for all of these factors. They also have resources for investigating the accident, analyzing the various factors involved in the accident and identifying the costs and reimbursement necessary.
Since motorcyclists are often blamed for the accident, it is important for the California accident lawyer to establish that the responsibility and fault does not rest with the motorcyclist. The lawyer and the experts must demonstrate that others involved in the accident or other factors like unsafe highway conditions or a defective motorcycle caused the accident.
There are specific guidelines and timelines for pursuing injuries caused by government agencies, if the road conditions contributed to the accident. A motorcycle accident lawyer knows the complex and time-consuming process necessary to win a claim against these organizations.
Motorcycle accident attorneys in California are standing by at Jacoby & Meyers to help motorcyclists rebuild their lives after their accidents. An attorney will attempt to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company of the party who was at fault for the accident. If a settlement cannot be reached and the other driver is clearly liable and a recovery is obtainable (either through insurance or personal assets of the defendant), the attorney will help the client file a lawsuit with the court and manage all aspects of the case from presence at court hearings to filing of legal briefs and other documents. An argument consisting of all evidence to support the client's claim will be prepared and presented before a judge to try to get a fair ruling. If compensation is awarded to the client, this money can go toward covering the costs of medical care, lost work wages and other financial losses related to the motorcycle accident.
Determining the cause of a motorcycle accident is a critical aspect of case preparation. When we investigate, we often work with experts in accident reconstruction, building our case regarding liability, fault, injuries and damages on your behalf.
To schedule a consultation with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who handles motorcycle accident cases, contact Jacoby & Meyers LLP today for your free consultation at 1-888-522-6291 or contact us online.
Our attorneys have extensive experience with motorcycle accident cases, and we can present your case to the insurance company and a jury in the most effective way possible.