Motorcycle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries that can change a person’s life forever. Statistically, motorcycles represent only 3% of registered vehicles in the U.S., yet 14% of all traffic deaths are motorcyclists.
Unlike passenger vehicles with a roof, sides, airbags and seatbelts, motorcycles offer very little protection to riders, making them more vulnerable to severe injuries in the event of an accident. From broken bones and spinal cord injuries to traumatic brain injuries and amputations, the potential for catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle wreck is exceptionally high.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to know your rights and the different types of compensation available. These include:
You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses related to your injuries. This can include ambulance fees, hospital stays, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation and other related expenses.
If you can’t work after a wreck, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages. This can include time off work for medical appointments, hospital stays and your general recovery.
Lost future earnings
If your injuries prevent you from returning to work in the same capacity, you may also be able to claim lost future earning capacity, which is the difference between what you would have likely earned over your lifetime had the wreck never happened and what you’re likely to earn now.
If your motorcycle was destroyed in the wreck, that could represent thousands of dollars worth of property damage, and you do have the right to claim the loss.
In addition to economic damages, you may be entitled to non-economic damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress and the loss of your overall enjoyment of life, along with any other intangible losses.
The compensation you may receive can vary depending on the circumstances of your motorcycle accident, the severity of your injuries and the insurance coverage involved – but it’s impossible to put a fair value on your losses without experienced legal guidance.