If you ride a motorcycle, you already know how much fun riding can be! You understand the exhilaration of cruising the open road and the challenge of controlling a motorcycle. Whether you drive a Harley Davidson, a Ducati or Honda it can be a very rewarding experience. Safe motorcycling takes balance, coordination, and good judgment.
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Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle also can be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that motorcyclists are about 28 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash.
Because there is no protective barrier between the Motorcycle and the driver many times drivers are thrown from their bikes and collide with lamps and signs and the road itself. Drivers suffer concussions and even brain damage although wearing approved helmets can limit injury. Many times people do break bones but even when you don't there is a lot of skin damage and road rash. There is also a condition known as biker's arm, where the nerves in the upper arm are damaged during the fall, causing a permanent paralysis of arm movement.
When many of our clients contact our offices for the first time, one of the first questions we hear is “How much is my case worth?”
This is impossible to say precisely until our North Carolina personal injury attorneys fully investigate each case. However, there are a number of factors that go into deciding how much you will receive from the insurance companies. In Virginia, motorcycle accidents are typically paid for in a few different ways:
- Property damage compensation. When a passenger vehicle hits a bike, property damage is almost inevitable. From the scraping on the roadway to the dents from the impact, bikes take on a good amount of damage after a motorcycle accident in Richmond. This damage is eligible for compensation by the insurance companies. To increase your chances of compensation, it is important not to repair your bike until a settlement deal has been reached.
- Medical expense compensation. In addition to property being damaged, the rider and any passenger also are usually injured. These injuries can range from minor road rash to catastrophic trauma. Insurance companies compensate for these injuries to cover the high cost of the medical expenses to treat accident victims. However, if the demand for a financial recover is mishandled, victims risk losing some of this compensation.
- Pain and suffering compensation. In some cases, pain and suffering compensation may be available. This is typically for victims that have been faced with severe injuries and are left disabled and missing work for an extended period of time while they heal.
The Attorneys at Tatum & Atkinson are experienced motorcycle lawyers having handled hundreds of cases involving motorcycles.
If you were injured in a motorcycle wreck please call Tatum & Atkinson, PLLC – the Heavy Hitters – at 800-LAW-0804 (800-529-0804) TODAY!