If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle crash in Georgia, you may have questions about how much a settlement could be worth. There’s no easy way to tell the amount of a motorcycle accident settlement without a close assessment of the case facts and a variety of factors. Brady M. Larrison at Larrison Law Firm Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys can help. Our Athens motorcycle accident lawyers can handle your case from start to finish and pursue every dollar that your settlement could be worth.
Is There Such A Thing As an Average Motorcycle Accident Settlement?
There is no such thing as an “average” motorcycle accident settlement. Every case is unique and involves a wide range of variables.
Any resource that tries to generalize the range of money your settlement could be isn’t taking into account the personal circumstances that you or your loved one are facing.
Settlement amounts can vary significantly based on a variety of factors including the severity of injuries, medical expenses, property damage, and more.
How Do You Calculate What a Motorcycle Accident Settlement is Worth?
While you will find online calculators for motorcycle accident settlements, it is important to understand that these are not always accurate due to the above considerations. The best way to get an idea of the potential settlement amount in your case is to consult with an injury attorney. In the years that Brady M. Larrison has practiced as a motorcycle accident lawyer, he’s built up the experience and expertise necessary to provide you with an accurate estimate for your settlement.
What Factors Influence Motorcycle Accident Settlement Amounts?
Since every motorcycle crash case is unique, there are a few common factors that can impact the amount of your final settlement, including:
Severity of injuries
The extent and severity of injuries sustained in the accident can significantly impact the settlement. Many times, due to the lack of protection, motorcycle accidents result in severe injuries that require extensive treatment, surgeries, or cause long-term disability.
The total cost of medical treatment, including hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care, will be considered in determining the settlement amount.
The extent of damage to the motorcycle and other property involved in the accident can influence the settlement. Repair costs or the value of a totaled motorcycle are taken into account.
Loss of consortium
In some cases, motorcycle crashes can cause severe and/or permanent injuries, or even wrongful death, that prevent the victim from providing companionship and support to their spouse. This can increase the amount of your settlement.
If the accident results in the victim’s inability to work temporarily or permanently, the lost wages and potential future income can be factored into the settlement amount.
The insurance coverage limits of the parties involved, including the at-fault driver and the injured motorcyclist, can affect the settlement. If the at-fault party has limited insurance coverage, it may impact the overall compensation available.
Determining who is at fault in the accident is crucial. Georgia follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which means that the injured party’s compensation can be reduced if they are found partially at fault. The clearer the liability of the other party, the stronger the likelihood for a higher settlement.
The strength and quality of evidence, including accident reports, witness statements, medical records, and any available video footage, can impact the settlement negotiations.
Having an experienced personal injury attorney can be crucial to obtaining everything you’re owed. A skilled lawyer can navigate the legal process, negotiate with insurance companies, and advocate for the injured party to maximize the settlement.
How Can an Attorney Help Get More Money From a Motorcycle Crash Settlement?
An experienced accident attorney such as Brady M. Larrison can play a significant role in helping you get more money from your motorcycle crash settlement. Our firm can help in the following ways:
An attorney will conduct their own investigation to gather evidence to support your case including accident reports, medical records, witness statements, and other pertinent documentation.
There are sometimes hidden insurance policies that a client doesn’t know that they could claim against until a lawyer has the opportunity to request information. In motorcycle vs. truck accidents in particular, multiple parties can insure a single tractor-trailer. If these other parties are found liable for a wreck, claiming their coverage maximums can increase a settlement.
Legal expertise and negotiation skills
An attorney understands personal injury laws related to their state’s legal system. They’ll know every legal avenue that can be explored to fight for your case. An attorney will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf for a fair, comprehensive settlement.
An attorney can accurately assess the full extent of your damage and assign a dollar value to it. This will strengthen your negotiation position.
If there is a question of liability in the accident, an attorney can work with you to prove the other party is at fault and mitigate any attempts to assign liability to you.
Most of the time, these cases are settled before they go to trial. However, if a fair settlement cannot be reached, an attorney will represent you in court. This will strengthen your position and demonstrate your commitment to pursuing fair compensation.
Contact Our Athens Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Learn About Your Case’s Worth
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Brady M. Larrison at Larrison Law Firm Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys for your free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Mr. Larrison understands that there are lots of factors involved in determining what your motorcycle accident settlement is worth. He will carefully evaluate the facts in your case and help you determine an accurate and fair settlement.
He will work with you and fight for you to help you get the compensation you deserve.