If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, you know just how devastating the resulting injuries can be. Not only do you have to live with the pain, discomfort, and possible disabilities your injuries cause but also, you have to contend with medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and other expenses that arise from your injuries. Fortunately, Texas law allows you to recover compensation for damages caused by a negligent party via a personal injury claim.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accident cases are particularly difficult to win. For assistance with your claim, retain the help of an experienced and knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney. Contact Abrams Trial Law to request a free consultation today.
The Unique Nature of Motorcycle Accident Claims
Unfortunately, despite the fact that the stigma surrounding motorcyclists has waned in recent years, insurers and jurors still tend to associate bikers with carelessness and rebellion. This bias, though unfair, can hurt injured motorcyclists when they attempt to pursue compensation for their damages. The only way motorcycle operators can overcome this bias is to work to ensure all other parties view them for the responsible, safety-oriented, and law-abiding citizens they are.
It is not enough to tell an insurer or jurors that you are a safe, law-abiding citizen. In court and negotiations, the adage “show, don’t tell” reigns supreme. An experienced trial attorney may understand best what a judge and jury like to hear. Your attorney can use the truth of your case to craft a compelling story that paints you as the victim you are. Evidence that can go a long way toward painting this picture may include:
Police reports asserting you were following the rules of the road prior to the incident
Photographic evidence of your helmet and safety gear
Witness testimony attesting to the fact that the other party’s actions or inactions caused the accident
Testimony from friends, family, and colleagues
With the right evidence, your attorney can successfully erase the bias regarding motorcycle operators and sway the deciding parties in your favor.
Damages Available in Motorcycle Accident Cases
The damages available in motorcycle accident claims vary from case to case and are dependent upon a number of factors. One of the biggest factors is the extent of the injuries involved. For instance, a person who sustains broken ribs and a fractured collarbone is likely to take considerably more time and medical attention to heal than someone who sustains a torn ligament. Moreover, broken bones may prevent someone from performing his or her job, while a torn ligament is likely more inconvenient than anything. That said, after assessing a victim’s injuries and other losses, the insurance company might agree to—or a jury might award—the following types of damages:
Past and future medical expenses
Costs associated with motorcycle repair or the replacement of your motorcycle
Loss of earning capacity
Past and future pain and suffering
Past and future mental anguish
Past and future physical impairment
Loss of consortium
Certain damages, such as pain and suffering and mental anguish, are not easily quantifiable. If you hope to recover compensation for these types of damages, it is best to work with a skilled trial attorney.
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If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. However, you may have a hard time recovering what you rightfully deserve. The experienced trial attorneys at Abrams Trial Law are prepared to help you make your case and recover the amount your injuries justify. Contact us today to request a free consultation.
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