If you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be frustrated or even completely overwhelmed. You are not alone during your recovery and you need legal guidance in order to obtain full financial compensation for your injuries. The best path for pursuing damages after a motorcycle accident is to enlist the help of a competent personal injury attorney. Liz Quick and Matt Quick are reputable personal injury attorneys in Kirkland, WA, with a track record of success. Email the firm or call (425) 576-9150 to learn more about your next steps.
Devastating Injuries and Property Damage
The protective gear worn by the driver does not offer as much protection as the steel frame of a car. While state law mandates riders must wear a helmet, this protective device does not guard the neck adequately which means spinal injuries are not uncommon. Brain injury can still occur in severe cases.
Most motorcycle accidents are not caused by the rider, yet they suffer the brunt of the injuries. In order to recover fully, a strong position has to be taken. Put your trust in a qualified personal injury attorney.
A motorcycle driver is also not encased in a car, making them more likely to be thrown from the cycle to the pavement, at a high rate of speed. This can cause broken bones, road rash, and even burns. Even though many riders wear thick denim or leather, these materials are generally no match for asphalt. The motorcycle itself is smaller than a passenger car, so when it is hit by another moving object, it is more likely to become mangled and twisted. This type of personal property damage is typically a total loss, as repair is unlikely.
What Types of Damages are Available for Motorcycle Accidents?
Damages for injuries and property damage in a motorcycle accident are designed in much the same way damages for other motor vehicle accidents are designed: to help the victim return to their previous quality of life. The most commonly sought types of damages in motorcycle accidents include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future medical care needs, such as therapy and rehabilitative services
- Loss of future earnings, if a full recovery cannot be made and the victim is unable to return to the same or similar job position and pay
Steps to Take After an Accident
In order to receive the maximum amount of damages to which you are entitled, which can be quite high in a motorcycle accident, you need to take certain steps:
- Seeking immediate medical attention.
- Gathering evidence, including photos of the scene and the police report.
- Keeping track of your medical orders, so you can show what the treatment plan includes.
You can expect the recovery from an injury sustained in a motorcycle accident to be long and extensive. You are entitled to recover the cost of any treatment and ongoing care needs, as well as the costs of treatment provided on the scene and shortly thereafter. Proof of these costs is most times found in your medical history and billing.
Contact Our Office for More Information
Most motorcycle accidents are not caused by the rider, yet they suffer the brunt of the injuries. In order to recover fully, a strong position has to be taken. Put your trust in a qualified personal injury attorney. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, please contact Quick Law Group, PLLC, to discuss your options. You can contact us online or call us at (425) 576-8150 to schedule a consultation.