Guide To Maximum Money for Motorcycle Accident Injury

Brad Nakase, Attorney

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Per data collected by the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration, otherwise known as the NHTSA, motorcycle riders are five times for likely to suffer from injuries during an accident than drivers of normal vehicles. Because you are not offered the same protection as drivers are, motorcycle injuries can range from minor to severe. Even minor accidents, however, can severely injure you because you don’t have the protection of airbags or seatbelts and are essentially out in the open.

Even an accident that occurs at a low speed can eject you, the motorcyclist, off of the bike, leading to severe injuries such as head trauma, broken bones, and more. You can protect yourself by wearing helmets, gloves, boots, and thicker clothing, but even that cannot fully protect them from the dangers of an accident. The most important aspect of your safety while riding a motorcycle is your helmet because, without that, you are more prone to getting a head injury. However, not all states require you to wear a helmet nor do they always protect from harm.

Common injuries that can occur as a result of a motorcycle accident include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries: When you are hit while riding a motorcycle, your head can be jolted suddenly or you can fall, hitting your head on the ground. Even if a helmet is worn, your head can hit the ground hard enough for damage to still be done. Most traumatic brain injuries from these types of accidents occur when you are either hit head-on or you are ejected off of the motorcycle, slamming you into the ground. Even mild head or brain injuries can leave you with symptoms that extend over a period of months, and more severe head or brain injuries can result in permanent disabilities that can impair your physical and/or cognitive functions.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Damage to the spinal cord is one of the most serious injuries you can suffer from as a result of an accident. The spinal cord is made up of nerves that allow your brain to communicate with the rest of your body. When this is damaged, you can have severe complications as a result. A minor spinal cord injury will not detrimentally destroy the communication between the brain and the body, but a complete spinal cord injury will lead to the brain not being able to communicate, causing you to become paralyzed.
  • Soft-Tissue Injuries: Soft-tissue injuries range anywhere from damaging your skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fat, or membranes. For example, cutting your finger with a knife is technically a soft-tissue injury. However, these injuries can be severe and can cause life-threatening injuries. In a motorcycle accident, you can suffer from severe lacerations, sprains, or more. These injuries can result in serious complications such as pain, scarring, or limiting movement.
  • Face/Head Injuries: Many times, motorcyclists do not wear helmets that have a protective face mask. Instead, your face is susceptible to injury when in an accident because there is nothing to protect it. More often than not, an accident on a motorcycle will cause you to be thrown off of the bike, most commonly over the handlebars. When you fall off of a motorcycle over the handlebars, you come into contact with the ground face-first which can result in severe head or face injuries. You can suffer from a broken jaw, fractured cheekbones, or damaged teeth. All three of these injuries require either surgery or repair and can permanently alter your appearance.
  • Bone Fractures: Throughout your lifetime, most people break their bones, especially as kids. This is an injury that is considered to be minor by most. However, if your bone is fractured, you are required to seek immediate medical care to identify the location of the fracture and its severity. It is then determined the best method to heal the fracture whether it be a cast, splint, boot, or brace. Simple fractures may take weeks or months to heal, but the more common and severe fractures caused by accidents can take surgery and result in a lifetime impairment.
  • Internal Injuries: Many injuries caused by motorcycle accidents are those you cannot see which can be very dangerous. When your body experiences trauma such as an accident, you can fracture bones that then puncture or ham your organs such as your liver, spleen, kidneys, or heart. Another common injury is known as internal hemorrhaging which is when your abdominal cavity is filled with blood. It is important to seek medical care after an accident because even if you don’t see any injuries, life-threatening ones can be below the surface.

Whether you can see your injuries or not, you should always seek medical care after an accident not only to save yourself from potentially life-threatening injuries but also to create a viable medical record that you can use as evidence in a settlement.

Motorcycle Accident Victims Faces Mounting Expenses and Money Loss

An injury alone can be a difficult thing to cope with, so added losses on top of this only add to the mounting frustration you feel.

The extent of losses that you will face depends on how severe the injuries you suffer from are. If you suffer from a permanent and disabling injury due to the accident, your losses can soar into the millions in no time. If you only have a minor injury, your losses are more likely to stay in the thousands of dollars. Whether you suffered from immense losses or smaller losses, you deserve fair compensation for your expenses.

Losses will vary for every case, but the best way to find out what your claim may be worth is to contact us for evaluation free of charge.

Here is a list of common losses faced following a motorcycle accident:

  • Medical Bills: If you are involved in any form of a motorcycle accident, you should seek medical attention, preferably at the scene of the accident. If the accident is severe enough, you may even have to be transported in an ambulance or a helicopter. You will then be treated in the emergency room and may even be admitted. Being admitted to the hospital is common when you suffer from head or spinal injuries. You may also have to pay for any surgeries, medications, or anything that helps you to heal.
  • Lost Wages: Many injuries from motorcycle accidents will cause you to miss work. This can extend over a period of days, weeks, or months, sometimes even permanently. If you have surgery or an injury that requires time to heal, you may need time to rest. Some specific injuries may even prevent you from your job such as a broken arm if you work in construction. Because of this, you lose wages and income every hour that you don’t work. Either that or you will have to use up sick and vacation time to accommodate for you missing work.
  • Potential Losses: While you account for the income and money you have spent at the moment, people often forget to consider what they may have to pay in the future. Your injury costs don’t stop as soon as you get your compensation. Instead, they often stretch on for months or years after with continued treatment, medication, or other various expenses. Our office knows how to account for and calculate all potential losses you may face in the future and help you to get compensation for that as well.
  • Non-Monetary Losses: People often think that the word ‘losses’ means monetary losses only, but losses can also be noneconomic. Noneconomic losses can include your pain and suffering, mental or emotional suffering, and loss of enjoyment in life.

The purpose of filing an insurance claim or injury lawsuit is to seek compensation for all of your losses. However, the at-fault driver and their insurance company will not just take your word for it. Instead, they will require proof to show that you deserve compensation. This is a task that is not as easy as it seems.

While you can prove your medical bills and lost wages fairly easily, future and noneconomic losses are much more difficult to prove.

Our motorcycle accident lawyer helps victims such as yourself who have injuries that deserve compensation as well as having either future or noneconomic loss as a part of their claim. We are knowledgeable about how to seek professional opinions from various experts that will help in calculating your future losses. We are very familiar with the California legal system and how it treats noneconomic or future losses so that we can determine a fair amount of compensation.

Being able to calculate an accurate amount of compensation is very important in a motorcycle accident. You must first be able to calculate damages to prove who was liable for the accident. Brad and his team of attorneys and professionals know how to handle your case and assist you with your claim.

The Responsible Party for Motorcycle Accident Injury

With all of your losses combined, your financial burden after a motorcycle accident can grow immensely. When this occurs, it is natural to wonder whether or not the other driver should be held liable for your injuries. There is nothing to lose in deciding to speak with an accident law firm and get information regarding your claim.

You can hold the other driver liable if their negligence was the reason for the accident. This negligence can include:

  • Being Distracted
  • Being Impaired
  • Driving Aggressively
  • Failing to Yield
  • Improper Lane Changing
  • Companies Selling Defective Motorcycles
  • Transportation Departments that Allow for Defective Roads

The leading cause of motorcycle accidents is distracted driving. Since motorcycles are hard to see on a busy road, any form of distraction can be fatal. This distraction can include texting and driving, leaning over, falling asleep, and more. It is easy to miss a motorcyclist on the road, especially in a blind spot, but drivers are still liable for not seeing you.

Once you can identify the negligent driver in the accident, there are different options for you regarding getting the compensation you deserve. In most states, the first step in filing a claim is to file with the negligent driver’s insurance. Insurance claims may seem easy, but they are fairly complicated processes. Insurers will do anything possible to limit the amount they have to pay out, even if it means challenging your claim. A skilled team can help protect your rights and ensure you get compensation when battling insurance companies.

Insurance companies are infamous for looking at a claim and offering far under the fair amount for your injuries. This is especially true when you are not represented by a legal team. They make these lowball offers in the hope that you won’t know any better. By settling, you give up your right to pursue legal actions as well. Because of this, you should always have a legal team on your side to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.

If an insurance company is refusing to cover your losses, Brad’s team of professionals can help to handle all aspects of your case. We will help you to reach a fair agreement and will even represent you at trial if necessary. The best part is that you won’t have to be anything until we have won your case for you.

Protecting Your Rights After a Motorcycle Accident

 Even though it would be much easier, compensation is not immediately issued after an accident, even when the other driver was obviously at fault. Getting compensation often requires complicated steps on your part. Since you are not knowledgeable on the subject, you can often do things to hurt your chances of receiving fair compensation. To maximize your chances of compensation, do the following:

  1. Collect Information Regarding Your Crash: After your accident, make sure to collect all of the information possible regarding your accident. Be sure to document what you remember about the accident and the actions that may have occurred before, during, and after. If you are not too injured at the scene, try to gather evidence such as photos or videos of the accident scene. Make sure to highlight the damage to your car as well as any road hazards that may have contributed to your accident. Along with this, witness statements can be very powerful in an insurance claim.
  1. Document Your Injuries and Recovery Process: The documentation does not stop at the accident but instead must be used to establish how your injuries have affected you. Make sure to document any ways in which your injuries have affected your life as well as your recovery process. Take detailed notes on pains you are feeling, any problems with sleeping, and anything else you deem significant.
  1. Avoid Social Media: While a motorcycle accident is deemed ‘post-worthy’ in this age of technology, it may hurt your claim to post about your accident. It may be the instinct to share photos and updates regarding your injuries, but these posts can be used as evidence against you. Because of this, try to avoid social media while your case is pending.
  1. Do Not Accept a Settlement Before Speaking to Us: Because insurance firms are known to give lowball offers, it is important that you don’t accept any settlements before speaking to our legal team. We will advise you on where to go with your case and will fight to get you what you deserve.

Why Choose Us?

 Our team of professionals specializes in accidents and will make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. We will fight for you and want you to get the payment you need to cover all of your pain and suffering costs.

It is free to speak with us and get advice, so don’t be scared to reach out! Brad and his team will always be there for you and will make sure that you are not taken advantage of. The best part is you don’t have to pay us a penny until your claim is won!

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