It’s only natural when we first meet with a motorcycle accident victim that they want to know what their case is worth. Depending on their injuries, their case could be worth anything from a few thousand dollars to half a million dollars. Since motorcycle accidents are usually much more serious than any other kind of crash, the pain and suffering alone is usually much higher than in the traditional case. However, no Baltimore motorcycle lawyer can promise their clients upfront a certain amount of money.
Ideally, you would file your claim with the insurance company, and they would pay it within a matter of weeks. If they deny your claim, then your only option is to file suit against the other driver. The other driver’s attorney is going to argue that you caused the crash. Because there’s such a negative stereotype associated with motorcycle riders, your Baltimore, Maryland injury lawyer will have to work even harder to prove your case. If they’re able to do so, then they can move forward with the case for damages.
Here, we’ll discuss some of the reasons why motorcycle accidents are so much more dangerous than other motor vehicle accidents. We’ll also discuss the different types of damages your Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer can demand in your case. If you happen to have any questions about your motorcycle accident case, feel free to contact us directly. Come in and sit down with an experienced attorney who can review your case and give you an idea of what it might be worth. All you have to do is call and schedule your free, initial consultation.
Motorcycle Accidents Are Some of the Most Serious Types of Crashes
One of the main reasons motorcycle accidents are so much more dangerous than other types of crashes is because there’s nothing there to protect the motorcycle rider. Other than a plastic helmet and maybe flame-retardant clothing, nothing stands between you and the car or SUV that hits you. Oftentimes, motorcycle accident victims are thrown from their bike and sustain life threatening injuries. Just the impact of hitting the asphalt at such a high rate of speed can prove fatal.
Some of the more serious injuries that many of our clients suffer in their motorcycle accident include:
- neck and back injuries
- traumatic brain injuries
- internal bleeding
- spinal cord injuries
- broken bones
- burn injuries
Any one of these injuries can be life changing. However, when you compound the injuries that most motorcycle accident victims suffer, the results can be devastating. This is why these cases tend to settle for a lot more than most other motor vehicle accident cases.
Your Baltimore, Maryland Injury Lawyer Will Demand Damages
Once your Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer can prove fault, they’ll have to prove your specific damages. It’s not enough that you were involved in a motorcycle crash. If your attorney can’t prove that you sustained specific damages, then you will not be entitled to compensation. This is why it’s so important that you go to the hospital immediately after your crash. The doctors in the emergency room will perform the necessary tests to determine how serious your injuries are.
Depending on your injuries as well as any financial losses you suffered, your Baltimore, Maryland injury lawyer will demand some or all the following:
- medical bills
- future medical bills
- property damage
- lost wages
- lost future income
- pain and suffering
- punitive damages
Of course, every motorcycle accident case is different. Your Baltimore, Maryland injury lawyer can only demand damages for injuries you actually suffered. Depending on the facts of your case, you may have suffered some or all the damages listed here. You must trust that your Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer has your best interest at heart and will seek to get you as much money as possible.
Will Your Baltimore Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Settle Your Case?
One question you may have is whether your Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer will settle your case. Since more than 95% of all personal injury cases do settle, there is a good chance your case will settle as well. What this means is that you will not receive your full demand of damages. Depending on what kind of evidence the defendant has, your Baltimore, Maryland injury lawyer will more than likely start somewhere around 80% of your total damages. Of course, the defendant attorney will probably start somewhere around 40% or 50%. At the end of the day, if you can walk away with 2/3 or more of your original demand you should consider it a win.
Some of our clients are insistent that we take their case to trial. When this happens, we try to explain the benefits of settling to our client. Some of these include the following:
- If your case goes to trial, there’s always a chance that you’ll lose. If this happens, you’ll walk away with nothing.
- Trials can take years to come to fruition. During all that time you’re waiting, you will not receive a penny from the defendant.
- Trials are very expensive. You’ll have to pay your attorney back any money they spend on your case, and this will leave less money for you when it’s time to settle.
Sit Down with a Seasoned Baltimore, Maryland Injury Lawyer Today
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you probably suffered very serious injuries. Many of our clients sustained life changing injuries that require months or years of medical treatment. This is why our Baltimore, Maryland injury lawyers work so hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve.
It can be difficult representing a motorcycle rider Internet accident case. Most drivers have such negative stereotypes about people who ride motorcycles then it’s difficult to convince a judge or jury that the other driver was at fault. The good news is that our Baltimore, Maryland injury lawyers have years of experience doing just that.
We suggest you contact our office as soon as possible after your motorcycle crash. Take the time to sit down with the Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer and let them review your case. If they think that you’re entitled to damages, they’ll be more than happy to represent you. All you have to do is contact our office and schedule your free, initial consultation.