Why Motorcycle Accidents Are Different
In one very basic sense, a motorcycle accident is like any other personal injury case. It’s about proving negligence on the part of the defendant. Negligence always includes duty of care, breach ,causation and damage. That’s true whether the accident involves a car, a pedestrian, a bike, or a motorcycle.
But in a very practical way, motorcycle accident cases are different. The reason is that motorcycle crashes are more likely to involve serious injury. A motorcycle is riding at the speed of a car, but without the protection a vehicle offers its driver. A motorcyclist not only doesn’t have an air bag, but they are very likely to be thrown from the motorcycle with no control over where and how they land .
What are Common Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents?
Common injuries from motorcycle accidents can include:
- Spinal cord damages
- Head and brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Road rash
These serious injuries are possible in any accident, but the unique nature of motorcycling increases the possibility that an accident will have this kind of ending.
What does that mean for the Duluth motorcycle accident lawyer? It means they need to understand what kind of damages to seek in a settlement. And in serious injury cases, that can be complex.
What To Consider in a Gwinnett County Motorcycle Accident Settlement
Damages start with the costs of hospitalization and lost wages. This is standard for personal injury cases and not hard to document. Rehabilitation costs are also standard. But when an injury is serious–like damage to the spinal cord or a long-term brain injury, calculating the costs of rehab isn’t so simple.
The more serious the injury, the longer the rehabilitation period will be. In some cases, it might project out for the balance of the plaintiff’s life. There may be expert witness testimony needed to help the insurance company–or the court, if necessary–understand the financial commitment that is needed in the settlement.
A person who has suffered serious injuries might no longer be able to live in their house. If there’s a number of stairways, it might be completely impractical. At the very least the home may need to be remodeled allowing for easier access to all areas of the house.
Serious injuries usually mean the loss of hobbies. In this case, it may be extremely unlikely that the injured plaintiff will ever be able to ride their motorcycle again. This is certainly the cause of a loss of enjoyment–pain and suffering–and the settlement needs to find some monetary way to compensate for that. Therapy may be required to help the plaintiff recover mentally. This has both a direct financial cost for the therapy itself, as well as intangible pain and suffering that comes from dealing with memories of the accident and the reality of what has been lost.
A Duluth motorcycle accident lawyer must have the experience necessary to know what questions have to be asked and what factors have to be considered in order to reach a fair settlement figure. The attorney must be willing to go to court if the insurance company stands in the way of fairness and equity. And a lawyer must also be a skilled negotiator, to achieve a fair settlement outside the courtroom if at all possible.
Parsons Law, LLC cooperating lawyers all of the above. They understand the importance of good business negotiations. They have real trial experience and are unafraid to challenge an intransigent insurance firm. Our cooperating attorneys are very familiar with the unique issues that arise in a motorcycle accidents case.
The Duluth office of Parsons Law, LLC also serves Lawrenceville, Norcross, all of Gwinnett County and north into Hall County. Call today at 678-314-1553 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Duluth Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer
Serving Lawrenceville, Norcross, all of Gwinnett County and north up to Hall County with Motorcycle Accident Cases
Motorcycling is a popular hobby and there are some great places to take the bike out here in Gwinnett County and north up into Hall County. Whether it’s riding up to Stone Mountain, doing the Mt. Olivet Loop or taking the North Georgia Route, motorcycle riders have plenty of areas to hit the open road.
That’s a good thing. What’s not a good thing is when a crash happens. Sometimes the crashes are not the fault of the cyclist, but are the result of negligence on the part of an automobile driver or other third party. This is when Parsons Law, LLC can help. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Duluth have years of experience helping local riders receive maximum compensation.
Call Parsons Law, LLC at 678-314-1553 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.