June 30, 2019

What Damages Can I Claim Following a Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcycles offer many advantages to residents and visitors to Alabama who want to get around quickly. However, motorcyclists need to be extremely careful on the roads. Since their vehicles are a lot smaller than cars, vans, and trucks, they are especially vulnerable. Often, drivers don’t even see motorcyclists until it is too late to avoid hitting them. To make matters worse, motorcycle riders don’t benefit from seat belts or airbags. This means their injuries can be catastrophic. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident due to someone’s negligence, you deserve compensation.

If you want to recover your losses, you may need an attorney to help you. The Vance Law Firm team has more than 25 years’ experience in seeking compensation for accident victims. We have the skills and resources to build an effective case and relieve you of some of your burdens.

Types of Injuries Vehicular Accident Attorneys See in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists can suffer a variety of injuries when they come into contact with larger vehicles. Many of these injuries result in hospitalization, an extended time away from work, and thousands of dollars in medical bills. Let’s look at some the common injuries.

Broken Bones and Severed Limbs

Many motorcyclists end up with fractures of the bones in their arms, legs, hands, and feet. Sometimes the bones are crushed, and limbs are severed in the accident. Other times, a body part is so severely damaged that doctors have no choice but to amputate.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Even when motorcyclists wear helmets, they can suffer concussions or more serious TBIs. They often get thrown from their cycles and they can hit their heads. Brain injuries can cause temporary or permanent loss of physical and mental function. Some victims are never the same again.

Chest and Abdominal Injuries

The sternum, ribs and internal organs are all prone to injury in a motorcycle accident. This is because riders can take a number of blows to the body. In the most severe cases of organ damage, the cyclist never recovers, even with emergency surgery. Some go into shock because of internal bleeding.

Spinal cord injuries

If the spinal cord is torn or severed in the accident, the motorcycle rider can be paralyzed. They may lose sensation and function to varying extents. If the paralysis affects all four limbs and bodily functions in the chest and abdomen, it is called tetraplegia. If only the lower body is affected, this is known as paraplegia.

Damages Which Alabama Accident Lawyers Can Help Victims to Recover

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, you are likely struggling. You may be facing an uphill battle financially, physically, and mentally. Many accident victims get caught off guard by the costs which add up over time. They may need multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and counseling. Some are never able to return to work. If someone else was responsible for your accident, you deserve to get compensation for your losses.

However, insurance companies do everything they can to limit the amount they have to pay out. If your medical expenses are high, you can expect them to fight back. Many motorcyclists also find insurers blame them for the accident even when it wasn’t their fault. If you don’t want the insurance company to take advantage of you, you need an attorney to help you recover damages. You may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Property damage
  • Medical expenses (both past and future)
  • Lost income
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent disfigurement or disability
  • Worsened pre-existing injuries

When you have an attorney on your side, they will seek to build a strong case for compensation. They will gather evidence of your injuries and consult with experts to anticipate how much treatment you will need later. They will put a dollar value to this so you get fair compensation.

Contact The Vance Law Firm to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case Today

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash, you need to reach out to an Alabama accident lawyer. We can also help you if you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident. We have handled many such cases and we know which strategies to employ to get maximum compensation. If you didn’t cause your injuries, you shouldn’t have to foot the bills alone. The person who hurt you should have to pay for altering the course of your life. Our team of lawyers will take your case seriously and fight for your right to recover your losses. Contact us today and learn how we can assist you.

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