How Much Is a Good Settlement for a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents are not cheap. Because your motorcycle is so much smaller than the average car on the road, you risk significantly more property damage and injuries than other drivers do. As you try to recover from your accident, you may find yourself contending with medical expenses and the cost of replacing your essential belongings.
Virginia recognizes that accidents are about more than the injuries a person may sustain. That’s why civil complaints can cover medical expenses, property damage, and additional accident losses as part of your settlement. As you’re bringing your complaint together, you’ll want to be certain that you’ve addressed all your potential avenues for compensation.
Averaging Today’s Motorcycle Accident Settlements
If you’re concerned about the expenses often associated with post-accident life, you may be reluctant to pursue legal action. You may think that requesting an average of today’s motorcycle settlements can make it easier to decide whether or not to pursue legal action. But there’s no practical way to determine an average settlement.
Unfortunately, breaking down the compensation associated with most of today’s motorcycle accident cases isn’t that straightforward. The circumstances surrounding your case are unique and unlike others. You can’t value your accident without assessing the precedent for those influences.
That said, you can work with both an auditor and a motorcycle accident attorney in Virginia to quantify your losses. An initial case assessment can help you understand precedent throughout your region. What’s more, you can benefit from these services without fear of an affiliated cost. Learn more about our contingency fee agreement today.
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Estimating Your Motorcycle Accident Losses
While there’s no average settlement for today’s motorcycle losses, there are some universal damages. You can use these damages to calculate how much compensation you can expect from a court case.
Do note, though, that your estimate cannot include punitive damages. A courtroom can apply punitive damages to your case if it appears the liable party engaged in reckless or grossly negligent behavior. While you can’t request these damages, either, you may be able to put them to use after your case concludes.
Injuries and Medical Expenses
Injuries and other health concerns will be among your top priorities after an accident. These will also make up a significant percentage of your damages. You should not deny yourself medical treatment after a motorcycle accident. There are ways to include these expenses along with your request for compensation.
Motorcycle accident complaints and settlements alike can include the cost of:
- Ambulance use
- Emergency surgery
- Long-term stays in the hospital
- Mobility aids and medication upon release
- Physical therapy
- Future surgeries related to an accident
You can work with our attorneys to not only elaborate on these losses but to secure third-party statements detailing the severity of your post-accident condition.
Motorcycle accidents tend to result in a lot of damage for the motorcycle rider. Because motorcycles tend to be smaller than the average car, they’re more prone to totaling. The lack of protection for a rider can also result in the loss of property like phones.
Totaling up the cost of your lost property doesn’t have to be an effort in futility. Instead, you can include not only the cost of your damaged things but the cost of repairs in your complaint. Under certain circumstances, you may even be able to list the cost of temporary rentals as part of your complaint.
Loss of Life or Related Trauma
Losses with tangible value or bills associated with them are known as economic damages. They’re not the only damages you can note in a complaint, though. If you find yourself contending with PTSD, pain and suffering, or similar accident-related trauma, you can request compensation for that loss of mental well-being.
That said, it’s difficult to apply a number to those conditions. This is where precedent comes into play. You can work with our team to reference previous cases and see how much money other parties requested for similar conditions. In turn, you can include those case references in your complaint.
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Motorcycle Accident Compensation and Liability
A portion of your settlement is going to depend on the person or institution that you can hold liable for your losses. If you get into an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, there’s a chance that you may not receive the financial support you need. Your insurance may help, but only if you have underinsured/uninsured motorcycle insurance.
With that in mind, be prepared to discuss your case with our team. There may be times when liability makes it more difficult for you to fight for motorcycle accident compensation. If that’s the case, we’ll explore other means through which you can contend with your post-accident losses.
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Filing a Claim for Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
Calculating your post-accident compensation is only part of your fight. Whether you want to negotiate for post-accident coverage or take your concerns to court, you need to file a complaint.
A motorcycle accident lawyer in Virginia can guide you through this process. Our office can equip you with the information about liability and duty of care you need to appropriately direct your complaint. Most importantly, though, we can help you submit your complaint within Virginia’s statute of limitations.
Code of Virginia §8.01-243 allows you two years to file for financial support. So long as you file within this deadline, you can bring your request for compensation forward with legal backing. Try to file outside of this deadline, and you will not be able to move the state to action.
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Learn More About Settlements With Virginia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
As you recover from a motorcycle accident, you want to know that you’ve addressed all the undue losses you’ve faced. A motorcycle accident lawyer can make this process easier. When you work together, you can compose a complaint that not only elaborates on your losses but that results in a settlement that accurately reflects those losses. Give us a call for your free consultation today!
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