WHAT IS A FAIR SETTLEMENT AMOUNT FOR A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM?
Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2019 at 12:39 am
Being injured in a California motorcycle accident can leave you feeling helpless and overwhelmed. In addition to the property damage to your motorcycle and your physical injuries, you may also experience a significant loss of income from being out of work. The emotional and mental stress of dealing with your injuries and the settlement of the accident claim can take a great toll on your ability to focus and concentrate on work and home responsibilities.
The California motorcycle accident lawyers of The Tiemann Law Firm want to help. Our legal team handles all aspects of your motorcycle accident claim, including calculating the value of your injury claim and negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement.
What Compensation Can You Receive for a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
It can be difficult to know who much your motorcycle injury claim is worth unless you know what damages may be included in your claim. Several economic and noneconomic categories of damages are included in a personal injury claim. For a motorcycle accident claim, damages typically fall into one of four main categories:
The damage to your motorcycle needs to be assessed by a competent, experienced motorcycle repair facility. If you did not cause the accident, the insurance company for the responsible party should pay to repair your motorcycle to return it to its condition before the crash. If the cost to repair the motorcycle exceeds the value of the vehicle, the insurance company should pay you the fair market value for the motorcycle in settlement of your property damage claim.
Motorcyclists can sustain severe and traumatic injuries in a motorcycle crash. Medical bills are typically a large component of a personal injury claim for a motorcycle accident. You should wait until your doctor releases you and provides an impairment rating before you settle your motorcycle accident claim. You want to ensure that you include all medical bills, including the cost of ongoing or future medical treatment, in the settlement demand for your accident.
Loss of Income
Loss of income is another substantial damage in a motorcycle accident claim. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could also have a loss of earning capacity or future loss of wages if you sustain a disability or impairment. Calculating damages for future loss of income can be complicated. In most cases, an expert witness is required to project the future loss of income based on numerous factors, including your age, education, abilities, experience, and career.
Pain and Suffering
You are also entitled to demand compensation for your pain and suffering or noneconomic damages. Noneconomic damages included in a settlement vary. Examples include:
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life or enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent impairments and disabilities
The value of your pain and suffering is subjective. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Sacramento understands how to use the facts in your case to maximize the amount you might receive for your noneconomic damages.
Get Help from a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney
You do not need to handle your claim on your own. Our legal team works closely with clients to document the injuries and damages for a personal injury claim. We fight for full compensation of all damages for injured motorcyclists.
Contact our Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys for a free consultation by calling The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.