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We offer free case consultations to victims and families of those who have been seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash or accident caused by someone else’s carelessness or wrongdoing. Because strict deadlines apply to when you must file your legal claim, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible.
Our experienced attorneys understand the unique problems that can arise in motorcycle accident cases. To provide the highest level of service to our clients, our motorcycle injury attorneys understand the engineering and technological differences between an average car crash and a motorcycle accident. How a motorcycle is manufactured, the handling abilities or certain models, and its safety features can be important to a motorcycle accident case.
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney understands the catastrophic consequences that can occur after a motorcycle accident. Our attorneys also live in the Washington, D.C. metro area and understand the local road and highway systems and the dangers they can present.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers are experienced negotiating with and standing up to insurance companies, who often want to pay accident and injury victims as little as possible. With our experienced attorneys on your side, you will be represented by a legal team that has secured millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for injury and accident victims. Our motorcycle accident lawyers can maximize your chances of securing a compensation award for your injuries.
Common injuries that can result from a serious motorcycle crash or accident include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Concussion or brain injury
- Serious scrapes, bruising, scars, and road rash
- Broken bones
If you have suffered an injury or your family was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, we can help. Our team of seasoned legal professionals will explain the options available to you and can help you determine the next step in bringing a legal claim.
Value of motorcycle accident settlements: What can I recover in a motorcycle accident lawsuit?
The Cochran Firm, D.C. represents victims of serious motorcycle accidents in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
If you or a loved one here severely injured a serious motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, the law gives you remedies to recover for your damages. While there is no easy answer as to exactly how much you will recover for your damages, there are a few guidelines to take into consideration when trying to understand how motorcycle accident settlements are valued.
Settling your motorcycle accident lawsuit
Generally, verdicts from trials may be higher than settlements reached prior to trial. The value of a settlement may be lower than the value of a verdict since neither the plaintiff nor defendant wish to lose at trial and risk an even more unfavorable outcome. While your motorcycle accident may be worth more if you win a verdict at trial, if both sides agree to a settlement then the compensation agreed upon will be guaranteed.
The main concepts in understanding the value of a motorcycle accident settlement are liability (who is at fault through negligence) and the damages incurred. Establishing liability in a motorcycle accident is critical to securing a favorable settlement. Motorcycle accident lawsuits intend to prove negligence on the part of the other driver who caused the accident. When proving negligence in a motorcycle accident lawsuit, plaintiffs usually must demonstrate the following:
- The defendant owed a duty to others on the road to drive safely
- The reckless actions of the defendant breached his or her duty to drive safely
- The defendant’s actions caused an injury
- The injuries sustained resulted in damages
Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. all have contributory negligence laws. Statutes on contributory negligence state if victims contribute to their own accident, the defendant who caused the accident may not be completely liable for the accident. Contributory negligence laws can severely affect the amount of your motorcycle accident settlement if it is determined you were even partially at fault in your accident.
Recovering for damages in motorcycle accident settlements
After establishing liability on the part of the person who caused the accident, plaintiffs must demonstrate they incurred damages as the result of their accident. There are two main types of damages available to plaintiffs: economic and non-economic.
- Economic damages, sometimes known as “special damages”, are those capable of exact calculation. Economic damages include property damage to the motorcycle, any loss of past, present, or future income from physical injuries sustained, hospital bills, and medical expenses. Most of these economic damages are easy to calculate since property can be appraised, medical and hospital bills are invoiced, and time off from work can be documented. Future lost wages may need to be calculated by an economics expert since there are many variables which must be taken into consideration.
- Non-economic damages are a little more complicated to value since they vary from case to case. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and the loss of activities once enjoyed before suffering an accident. Courts will use their best judgement to determine the value of these damages.
Motorcycle accident attorneys serving Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia
The dedicated and experienced personal injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm, D.C. have an established track record of recovering substantial settlements and verdicts on behalf of their clients. Our team of seasoned attorneys are well-versed in personal injury laws and will fight hard to recover the maximum amount of compensation for you.
Our attorneys can help you recover compensation for your lost wages, hospital bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. We offer free, prompt, and confidential case reviews. Since we represent our clients on a contingency basis, there are no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Call us locally during business hours at 202-682-5800 or at 1-800-THE-FIRM (843-3476) to reach us 24 hours a day. You may also fill out a contact form here on our website. There are strict time deadlines when filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit, so please contact us at your earliest convenience.
For more guidance learn about:
- What to do after a motorcycle accident
- The value of motorcycle accident settlements