Because motorcycles offer no protection, victims of motorcycle accidents often suffer catastrophic injuries that require long-term medical treatment and recovery period, resulting in loss of income. This can have a devastating financial impact on victims and their families.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, an attorney like a motorcycle accident lawyer New York, NY turns to, can help you obtain the financial compensation you may be entitled to under state law.
According to national statistics, motorcycle accidents cost more than $15 billion each year. The largest amount of money – almost 45 percent – comes from loss of income. Even minor motorcycle accident injuries can prevent a victim from being able to work as they recover. There is also missed time from work for victims who need to go to physical therapy and other medical appointments. More serious injuries can mean a much longer time away from work. And, tragically, many victims suffer such severe injuries they are unable to return to their former profession or even work at all. This loss of income can be pursued in a motorcycle accident claim.
Medical expenses make up almost 20 percent of the $15 billion. The majority of motorcycle accident victims require emergency treatment at the crash scene which often requires ambulance transport to a hospital. There are often diagnostic testing, surgeries, doctor visits, rehabilitation services, and physical therapy. Other medical costs can include medication, medical devices, medical equipment, and even transportation costs to get back and forth to medical appointments. All of these costs are the responsibility of the at-fault party.
Motorcycle accident victims can also pursue damages for the pain and suffering they go through from crash injuries. Factors such as the type of injuries, how extensive medical treatments are, and what the impact on the victim’s life the pain and suffering has caused. Other issues that fall under pain and suffering include emotional anguish, scarring, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. There are several ways these damages can be calculated and your motorcycle accident attorney can discuss the most appropriate method for your situation.
In crashes where the victim dies from his or her injuries, the family can pursue damages against the responsible party through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Motorcycle accident claims can be complicated to pursue compared to other types of claims. It is not uncommon for an insurance company to try to blame the injured motorcyclists for the crash, attempting to create a bias towards the victim as someone who is a risk-taker due to the fact they enjoy motorcycles. This can be a real issue if the insurance company fails to negotiate in good faith and ends up in front of a jury in a lawsuit.
Thank you to Okun, Oddo & Babat, P.C for providing their legal insight on motorcycle crashes.