HOW MUCH IS MY SACRAMENTO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM WORTH?
Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018 at 1:05 am
Motorcycle accidents can cause severe injuries to a motorcyclist. A motorcycle does not provide the same level of protection for the rider as a car or truck provides for a driver. Therefore, a rider can suffer traumatic injuries because of the impact of the collision, including spinal cord injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and amputations. The damages can be quite substantial.
Your first step is to seek medical attention. After you have been treated for your injuries, you need to call our office for a free legal consultation. Our Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys can help you file an accident claim to recover compensation for your damages.
Valuing a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Many factors impact the value of your motorcycle accident claim. Our attorneys evaluate each factor to ensure we maximize your chance of recovering full compensation for your claim. When calculating the value of your claim, we begin with your financial losses. Examples of financial losses are your medical expenses, property damage, travel expenses, in-home personal care, medications, lost income, and medical supplies. You need to keep each receipt, invoice, and bill related to your accident and recovery for your attorney.
In addition to your financial losses, we also include an amount to compensate you for your emotional stress, mental anguish, and physical pain. A “pain and suffering” claim is based on several things, including the severity of your injuries, the length of your recovery, and whether you sustained permanent disabilities, scarring, or disfigurement. Because pain and suffering damages are subjective, we must make a convincing case for maximum compensation. Our lawyers have extensive experience compiling various pieces of evidence to support payment of your claim in full.
What Can Lower My Compensation in a Motorcycle Accident Case?
The amount of compensation you can receive also depends on other factors. For example, if the driver who hit you carries minimum car insurance, the amount you can recover might be limited to the driver’s insurance limits. However, our attorneys will look for other sources of payment such as your underinsured insurance coverage or other responsible parties.
Your contribution to the cause of the accident can also reduce the amount of your recovery. If you contributed to the cause of the crash, your compensation could be reduced by the percentage of your fault under California’s comparative fault laws. Because motorcyclists are often perceived incorrectly and unfairly as reckless, the insurance company might attempt to blame you for the crash.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys understand this insurance tactic, and we are ready to fight the insurance company’s claim that your compensations should be reduced because you are partially responsible for the collision.
Call Now for Your Free Consultation with a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney
You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, and we want to help. We encourage you to contact our office for a free case evaluation with one of our Sacramento personal injury attorneys. Let us help you recover what you deserve from the driver who caused your injuries.