Motorcycle Accident Questions

If I wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of my motorcycle accident, will my case be affected?

If you were not wearing a helmet when your motorcycle accident occurred, you can still bring forward a personal injury claim against the negligent driver who caused your accident. However, your failure to wear protection may motorcycle accidentinfluence the amount of compensation you are able to recover. Keep in mind that in most jurisdictions, wearing a helmet is the law. However, this should not prevent you from making a claim assuming you did not cause the accident. Know for certain by contacting a Maryland motorcycle accident attorney today. Call 301-605-9469.

What types of damages can I recover in a motorcycle accident case?

Every case is different. The compensation you are able to recover in your case will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding your motorcycle accident and injuries suffered. Some of the key factors that will be considered are:

  • The type and severity of your injuries
  • Whether or not you have a job, and how long were you unable to work
  • What type of job you have, and whether you injury impacts your ability to return to or perform in your profession
  • If you have any scarring, disfigurement, or other permanent injuries that will now impact your ability to have the same level of activity or enjoyment of life as you did before
  • Whether you are married or single, have a family, etc.

Overall, injured victims of motorcycle accidents are entitled to damages for medical bills, lost income, future projected lost income, lost ability to work, pain and suffering, and property damages just as those victims of car and other accidents.

Why shouldn’t I just accept the settlement the other driver’s insurance company has offered me?

If you accept an insurance company’s initial settlement offer, you are most likely accepting far less compensation than you deserve, and at the same time you are releasing the other driver from their liability for your motorcycle accident forever. Keep in mind, you cannot come back again for more compensation once you have accepted a settlement. Insurance companies want you to accept a quick settlement so they can protect their financial interests. It may be weeks or months before the full extent of your injuries is clear. Until then, the true value of your injury claim cannot be accurately judged. So, do not be hasty to take a quick offer until you have a clean bill of health from a doctor.

There are simply too many unknowns in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident to make an initial settlement worth accepting. In order to protect your rights, you should always discuss your case with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer before taking any action.

Contact a Maryland Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you have further questions about motorcycle accidents, please contact the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick today to schedule a free case evaluation. We proudly represent injured motorcycle accident victims in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.