The amount of money awarded in motorcycle accident cases varies based on the severity of the crash, property damage, and other factors. Riders may be awarded tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation, depending on the conditions surrounding their respective cases. With help from a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer, you can put yourself in the best position to secure a large payout.
Simmrin Law Group has extensive experience with motorcycle accident lawsuits. If you were involved in a motorcycle crash due to no fault of your own, please reach out to us. Our attorney can help you file a lawsuit and pursue the most damages possible.
There Is Only a Limited Amount of Time Available to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
California has a statute of limitations of two years for personal injuries. If you get hurt in a motorcycle crash caused by a negligent motorist, you have up to two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit. Otherwise, you are solely responsible for any costs associated with your accident.
If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, call 911 so you can report the incident. Next, medical personnel will arrive on the scene to treat you and anyone else. Also, police officers will collect information from you and others about the crash.
Do not forgo medical treatment following your motorcycle accident. Go to a doctor, undergo a medical evaluation, and follow the doctor’s orders to take care of your injury. In addition, keep track of any medical bills — these will come in handy if you file a personal injury lawsuit.
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How Compensation Is Determined in a Motorcycle Crash Case
There are many types of losses that you can incur in a motorcycle crash. These include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
If you submit a personal injury claim, you can request compensation for these losses and any others you suffer. To determine your losses, it helps to partner with a motorcycle accident lawyer. Then, your attorney can take a look at your crash and help you assess its short- and long-term impact.
In the short term, you may want to ask for compensation based on minor injuries you incurred and damage to your motorcycle. Or, if you suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other serious injuries, you need to consider how these injuries will affect your life long into the future. With help from an attorney, you can pursue a reasonable amount of compensation to cover your accident-related expenses.
A Negligent Motorist’s Insurance Company May Reach Out to You After Your Motorcycle Crash
The cost of your motorcycle crash can be significant. To avoid a substantial payout, the negligent motorist’s insurance company may contact you just days after the incident. The company may push you to accept a settlement offer that prevents you from moving forward with a personal injury case.
Accepting a settlement from an insurance company may seem like a good idea at first. The settlement gives you money that you can start using immediately to treat your injuries and fix or replace your damaged motorcycle. On the other hand, the settlement may be only a fraction of what you could get if you sue the negligent motorist.
Simmrin Law Group can help you assess a motorcycle accident settlement offer. If you want us to go over a settlement proposal with you, please let us know. Our motorcycle accident lawyer will make sure that you only accept a settlement if it matches your expectations.
It May Be a While Before You Get Compensation After Your Motorcycle Crash
If you file a motorcycle accident claim, do not expect an instant resolution. A personal injury case typically takes months or years to get to trial. In the meantime, you and your lawyer prepare your argument.
Your lawyer can help you get direct and circumstantial evidence for your trial. Each piece of evidence you provide can help you show a judge or jury why you deserve to be awarded full damages. Your attorney will also ensure that your evidence is compelling and relevant to your case.
Along with gathering evidence, your attorney can tell you about what can happen during your trial. There is no guarantee that a judge or jury will rule in your favor. Regardless, your lawyer helps you set realistic expectations for your trial.
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The Defendant in Your Motorcycle Accident Case May Want to Avoid a Trial
When you gather evidence, you strengthen your case against the defendant. This may lead the defendant to continue to offer settlement proposals before your case goes to trial. If you accept a settlement, you and the defendant can resolve your case without having to commit time, energy, and resources to present your respective arguments to a judge or jury.
The defendant in your motorcycle crash case can propose a settlement at any time prior to your trial. Just because the defendant presents a settlement offer does not mean that you have to review the proposal. Yet, doing so is in your best interests since there is a chance that the defendant will offer a fair settlement.
Your lawyer will keep you up to date if the defendant in your lawsuit proposes a settlement. They can explain all that a settlement offer entails and say whether they believe you should accept, decline, or counter it. No matter what decision you make about a settlement offer, your attorney will support it.
Why You Need an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Your Side
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney leaves no room for mistakes during your litigation. They understand your case and work diligently to protect your legal rights. Your lawyer advocates for you and, as a result, helps you secure the payout you want.
If you are unable to reach a settlement before your trial, your lawyer presents your case to a judge or jury. Throughout the proceedings, your attorney shares evidence and disputes any claims against you. Most importantly, your lawyer does everything they can to compel a judge or jury to award you damages.
At Simmrin Law Group, we make it easy to connect with a best-in-class motorcycle crash attorney. With our help, you are well-equipped to get the compensation you deserve. To learn more or request a free case evaluation, please contact us today.