The first step in getting fair compensation after a Texas motorcycle accident is arriving at the approximate value of your claim. Unfortunately, determining the value of a motorcycle accident isn’t as easy as using a calculator. However, there are still things that you can do to understand the approximate value of your claim and what you must do in order to receive compensation. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will be able to provide you with ballpark figures based upon similar types of motorcycle accidents. These can not be used as exact amounts, but will give you an idea from an individual who handles these types of cases on a daily basis and understands what these types of claims are worth.
Here’s how to understand the value of your motorcycle accident claim explained by a motorcycle accident attorney:
What is the value of my motorcycle accident case?
The value of your motorcycle accident case is the total of your losses, tangible and intangible, that arise from the motorcycle accident. The value of your case is the amount that it takes to put you in the same position that you could have been in if the motorcycle accident had never happened. Of course, there isn’t a precise way to put an exact figure on the physical and emotional suffering that comes with a motorcycle accident. The purpose of the law is to determine a dollar amount that, as fairly as possible, represents your losses in the accident.
Types of damages in a motorcycle accident
To determine the value of your motorcycle accident case, you add up all of your types of damages. Here are the categories of damages that may apply to the case:
- Medical expenses – Your medical expenses include the ambulance ride, emergency bills, doctor appointments for check-ups, physical therapy, prescription costs, surgery, diagnostic testing and more
- Lost wages – From your immediate inability to work
- Lost future income – A change in your career trajectory because of your injuries
- Damage to your motorcycle
- Other property damage – Losses to personal property with you at the time of the accident, your riding gear or damage to fixtures if the accident occurs on property that you own
- Loss of consortium – A change in the nature of a marriage relationship because of injuries
- Travel expenses for medical appointments
- Home care – Help with household tasks like mowing the grass, doing laundry or caring for dependents if you can no longer do these things on your own
- Physical pain – A dollar value placed on your physical suffering
- Disfigurement – If your appearance changes permanently because of the accident, you may claim compensation that represents the losses
- Lifestyle changes – When you’re no longer able to do things that you used to do, like ride your motorcycle, you may claim financial compensation for your new limitations
- Mental injuries – Depression, trauma, anxiety and guilt are all injuries that deserve compensation under Texas law
Is the value of my motorcycle accident claim diminished because I was riding a motorcycle?
No, the value of your motorcycle accident claim is not reduced in any way because you’re on a motorcycle at the time of the crash. You have the right to claim the total of your damages allowed under Texas law. Motorcyclists lawfully use the road just like all other drivers in the State of Texas. There’s no difference in what motorcyclists can recover compared to other drivers. If you’re hurt in an accident while riding your motorcycle, your total damages may be fully included as part of your claim.
Contact our motorcycle accident legal team
The best way to determine the value of your motorcycle accident case is to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney. They can help you examine your personal situation in order to arrive at the value of your case. If you’re hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact our experienced motorcycle accident attorney team at the Law Offices of David Kohm.
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