How Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits Work From Start to Finish

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Motorcycle accident lawsuits are complex and often require the knowledge and experience of an experienced personal injury firm. Your ability to obtain a proper damages award can depend on the skill of the attorney handling your case.

Motorcycle accidents can involve serious, life-changing injuries and challenging issues that require legal action to resolve. Understanding the basics of a motorcycle accident lawsuit can help ensure that you are prepared and don’t miss any important requirements along the way. 

At Falcon Law Firm, if you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a motorcycle collision, you are not alone. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help you from the start. Contact us at (732) 660-1200 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights after a motorcycle accident.

When Can I Sue After a Motorcycle Accident?

You can sue after a motorcycle accident when you have suffered significant damages, the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, or when the defendant has the means to pay a verdict. 

You Have Recoverable Damages

Motorcycle accidents tend to cause severe and catastrophic injuries. Victims often suffer:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Multiple broken bones and fractures
  • Severe road burn
  • Muscle and nerve damage
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Internal organ damage
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Bike riders may need multiple surgeries and other extensive medical treatment. Accident survivors need lengthy recovery times, forcing them to juggle mounting bills while missing work to heal. Particularly severe motorcycle collisions can lead to life-long debilitating injuries.

Damages in motorcycle accident lawsuits represent the physical and mental losses suffered by the injured party. While every lawsuit is different, most motorcycle accidents can potentially recover the following damages:

  • Medical expenses: Medical expenses include all medical bills relating to the accident, including the ambulance ride, treatments, and rehabilitative therapy. In cases of disabling injuries, the victim may require home modifications, special equipment, and life-long care.
  • Lost wages and income: Many injured bikers find themselves missing a prolonged amount of work. A lawsuit allows them to recover any lost wages during their recovery. If injuries have left the victim unable to hold the same level of employment, they may be able to recover the loss of future income. 
  • Mental damages: Mental damages often include the loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and the pain and suffering caused by the accident itself and the subsequent healing process. 

The Insurance Company Has Denied, Delayed, or Undervalued Your Claim

Insurance companies have a bottom line to protect. In some cases, they may place their profitability above paying out the fair value for a claim. Insurance adjusters have also been known to deny or delay legitimate claims. 

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the complex claims system. Attorneys are trained negotiators, like insurance adjusters. At Falcon Law Firm, we can shield you from any unsavory insurance tactics, prepare and file your claim, and ensure you recover the damages you are entitled to by settlement or verdict. 

The Defendant Has the Means to Pay You

No matter the strength of your case, if the defendant you are suing does not have the means to pay your win, there is nothing to recover. 

Our motorcycle accident lawyers can look over the defendant’s financial records to find recoverable assets, including:

  • Business income
  • Property liens
  • Personal wages and assets

A skilled attorney can examine the details of your case to determine all liable parties. In some cases, multiple claims can be used to recover the full compensation you deserve. 

While not every motorcycle collision leads to a lawsuit, serious injuries have higher claim values. The higher the financial stakes, the more likely an insurance company will refuse to offer a fair payout.  

Lawsuits involving injuries and wrongful death lawsuits have very different damages. Motorcycle accident lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries are typically worth more than other serious injury cases.

How Long Will It Take to Resolve a Motorcycle Accident Case?

There is no average length of time it takes to resolve a motorcycle accident case. Whether your motorcycle accident lawsuit takes a few months or over a year depends on the circumstances of your collision.

In some cases, a lawsuit may settle in a few months. However, when a biker suffers extensive injuries that result in a much higher claim value, an insurance company is more likely to go to trial. 

At Falcon Law Firm, our talented litigation team will negotiate with the insurance adjuster on your behalf. If your case must proceed to trial, we have the skills and resources to secure a just verdict. 

What Is the Average Payout for a Motorcycle Accident?

There is no average payout for a motorcycle accident. Compensation depends entirely on the losses suffered by the motorcycle accident victim or their family. 

For example, in Pennsylvania, motorcycle accidents have increased by 14.1% in the last year. Fatal motorcycle collisions have increased by 22.9%. With the number of licensed motorcyclists growing every year, there will be more accidents on the road. 

Lawsuits involving injuries and wrongful death lawsuits have very different damages. Motorcycle accident lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries are typically worth more than other serious injury cases. 

It is in your best interests to seek an experienced attorney’s help to properly evaluate your accident’s circumstances. 

At Falcon Law Firm, we have successfully recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. 

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer 

Motorcycle accident lawsuits can often involve unique laws and legal issues, especially in comparison with passenger automobile cases. Such cases require the assistance of a lawyer who has proven experience in litigating such claims. 

Contact Falcon Law Firm today if you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle crash. Our auto accident attorneys have years of experience helping motorcycle accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. 

Call (732) 660-1200 today and schedule a free consultation. We can discuss the details of your case and help protect your best interests. 

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