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Motorcycle Accidents: Settlements and Verdicts for Injury or Death

Motorcycle accidents are inherently more dangerous than those involving other vehicles, and are far more likely to result in serious injury or death. The lack of a protective exterior, limited visibility for other motorists, and relative instability add up to serious risk for both experienced and inexperienced riders. But even the most seasoned riders can find themselves the victims of terrible and potentially fatal motorcycle accidents, often the direct result of another motorist’s negligent driving conduct.

Personal Injury Settlements for Motorcycle Accidents

Depending on the facts, a case may never make it to a jury, and will be settled through negotiations between the insurance company and your motorcycle accident lawyer. Negotiating a fair settlement requires skill, experience, and the ability to craft a powerful case. As the plaintiff, (the person filing the lawsuit), the quality of your legal representation can have a significant impact on the final negotiated settlement sum.

Damages that can be collected through a personal injury lawsuit for a motorcycle accident can include medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life, depending upon the degree of the injuries sustained. While medical costs are fairly easy to quantify, it it more difficult to assign other damages a dollar amount. The process of “valuing” a case involves a full investigation into the facts, including medical records, available resources in insurances, and other details.

Motorcycle Accident Verdicts: Liability and Damages

If the insurance company of the negligent driver refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, the case can be taken to civil court for resolution, where a jury can decide on the level of damages to award. A jury will be tasked with making the decision about the level of compensation the injured motorcyclist deserves. Insurance companies are often known for making reasonable offers at the 11th hour, as the risks of putting the case before a jury are high. Your lawyer should be a talented litigator that is very familiar with negotiating settlements or presenting a persuasive case in court.

The Importance of a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

When you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, or lost a loved one, you deserve to be paid full compensation from the responsible party. Unfortunately, insurance companies typically offer settlements that are far too low, in the hopes that the offer will be accepted. Don’t fall prey to these tactics — there is no going back once you sign off on a settlement.

An experienced personal injury attorney can not only fight for a full and fair settlement in negotiations, but also address the jury with a well-crafted case, fully documented and supported by evidence and witnesses. At the Law Offices of Justin D. Brandel, we are committed to seeking maximum compensation for those who have suffered serious injuries in motorcycle accidents.

If you need a New York motorcycle accident lawyer, contact us. We are advocates for the injured, and have an extensive record of high value settlements and verdicts.

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