Personal Injury Settlements for Motorcycle and Car Accidents
Comparing personal injury settlements for motorcycle and car accidents reveals several similarities and a few differences. The damages a car accident victim suffers can be similar to the damages of a motorcycle accident victim. These damages can be financially devastating and life-altering. However, the damages a motorcycle accident victim recovers may be higher because injuries can be more severe.
Our personal injury lawyers evaluate all settlements on a case-by-case basis. Every victim of motorcycle and car accidents has a unique story. Our team works to ensure the story ends with a fair settlement or verdict.
Car Accidents and Motorcycle Accidents Produce Many of the Same Damages
Every traffic accident victim should receive comprehensive medical treatment after the collision, and your necessary services may include:
- Emergency treatment
- Medical imaging
- Specialist visits
Each car accident victim and motorcycle accident victim has different injuries, symptoms, and treatment needs. Our team will ensure you receive the care you need, and we will keep track of the cost of care.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is another common damage when comparing settlements for motorcycle and car accidents. A traffic accident victim’s pain and suffering may include:
- Physical pain (both acute and chronic)
- Psychological distress
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of physical or cognitive abilities
- Sleep disturbances
- Lost quality of life
The journal Frontiers in Psychiatry explains that nearly half of motor vehicle accident victims in one study suffered symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our team will identify any types of pain and suffering you’ve experienced following your accident. As stated above, because motorcycle accident injuries can be more severe, a motorcycle accident victim’s pain and suffering may be higher.
Lost Income, Diminished Earning Power, and Other Professional Harm
The professional cost of motorcycle and car accidents can be steep and may include:
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Missed bonuses
- Lost opportunities for promotions
- Lost benefits
Car accident injuries can keep you out of work for weeks or months. They may also force you to retire completely. This is also common in motorcycle accidents that cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and road rash, which can limit movement.
Being unable to work as you normally do may also have psychological consequences. We will account for the entire scope of your professional damages.
Both car accidents and motorcycle accidents typically result in property damage (and related costs), which may include:
- Repairs for a damaged vehicle or motorcycle
- The replacement cost of a totaled vehicle or motorcycle
- The cost to repair or replace other property damaged in the accident, such as a phone, clothing, or items inside the vehicle at the time of the collision
- The cost of obtaining temporary transportation
Your personal injury lawyer will account for every property expense resulting from your accident.
Mental Health Treatment
If you need counseling, medications, or any other treatment for your pain and suffering we will include your mental health treatment costs in your claim or lawsuit.
While we can compare personal injury settlements for motorcycle and car accidents, comparison only takes us so far. The most important priority is identifying your damages and the settlement that will be necessary to cover those damages.
Motorcycle Accidents Tend to Be Serious By Nature
One of the differences between car accidents and motorcycle accidents is that motorcyclists do not have any substantial protection from the impact of a collision. The only protection a motorcyclist typically has in an accident is a helmet and riding gear, which can help to prevent head injuries, road rash, and lacerations.
As the National Safety Council (NSC) explains, motorcyclists are overrepresented in fatal traffic accidents—the lack of protection is a clear reason why. However your accident has harmed you, and our legal team will demand fair compensation for all of your damages.
Allow a Personal Injury Lawyer to Seek Justice for Your Accident
You may have a limited time to seek compensation for a motorcycle accident or car accident, per Florida Statute § 95.11. Our team has ample experience handling both types of cases. Our team will:
- Explain personal injury settlement differences and any other information you need to know
- Gather all relevant evidence
- Secure proof of all your accident-related damages
- Negotiate a settlement on your behalf
- Take your case to trial if we need to
Call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato Today for Your Free Consultation
Our firm understands the various motorcycle injury settlement factors and car accident injury factors that determine the value of a case. We will calculate the exact value of your damages and fight for the settlement you deserve. Call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato Today at (954) 633-8270 for your free consultation. We may have a brief time to file your case, so don’t wait to speak with us.