The design of a motorcycle leaves those who ride it far more vulnerable than people traveling in a car or truck. Without the protection of an enclosed area, the risk of suffering a severe injury or death in an automobile accident is much higher. If the reckless or negligent actions of another driver have resulted in you or a loved one being injured or killed while riding a motorcycle, a motorcycle accident lawsuit may be the best way for you to secure the compensation that you deserve. Count on the experts at the Law Offices of Bryan Musgrave for the legal assistance you need to get the maximum compensation for your injury.
Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
Motorcyclists do assume a certain degree of risk whenever they hit the road, but their willingness to trade a bit of safety for freedom does not mean that they deserve to be victimized by negligent or reckless drivers. Even the most cautious motorcyclist can be involved in an accident if they are unfortunate enough to encounter another driver who is speeding, drunk or otherwise impaired, texting, talking on a cell phone, distracted, or operating an unsafe vehicle. After a crash, it is not unusual for the other driver to claim that they never saw the motorcycle. While this may be true, it is not a defense. Every driver is expected to be aware of their surroundings. If a driver operating a motor vehicle causes an accident that results in injuries, then they are liable.
What should you do if you or someone you care about is injured in a crash caused by the negligent actions of another driver? The first step is to obtain the medical care that you need. The second is to get in touch with an attorney who has experience with motorcycle accident cases. The sooner that you enlist an attorney’s aid, the sooner he or she can begin the task of assembling evidence and building a case that will get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Motorcycle Accidents, Injuries, and Compensation
Individuals involved in motorcycle accidents are likely to suffer certain types of injuries. The extent of their injuries and various other factors will play a role in determining the total amount of compensation that they receive.
The sense of freedom offered by a motorcycle is often cited as a reason for riding, but the lack of protection offered by the vehicle’s design means that even a relatively low-speed collision can result in extremely serious injuries for a motorcyclist. Injuries frequently seen in motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Head and facial injuries
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord and nervous system injuries
- Injuries to the hands and feet
- Road rash
- Contusions and lacerations
- Internal injuries
- Psychological injuries
Factors in Determining Compensation
The insurance company’s goal is not fairness. It is to settle for the smallest amount possible. Insurance companies will often offer a settlement that is less than optimal or try to prove that you were at fault in the accident. This doesn’t mean that you have to settle for less than you deserve. Even if you are ultimately found to be partly at fault for the accident, you may still be able to collect a significant settlement. Before making any decisions, speak with an attorney who can review your options, offer advice, explain what you can expect, and discuss the factors involved in determining compensation. These factors often include the following:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of income
- Punitive damages
Legal Advice That You Can Rely On
At the Law Offices of Bryan Musgrave, we understand that being in an accident can result in physical, emotional, and financial hardship. We firmly believe that people deserve to be fairly compensated for their injuries, and we’re fully prepared to fight aggressively on your behalf. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Law Offices of Bryan Musgrave today to make an appointment for a free initial consultation.