Motorcyclists are more likely to be injured or killed in crashes. With those crashes come expenses and lost income, not to mention pain and suffering. Tallahassee bikers can turn to the motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for help in negotiating a settlement to cover those bills and losses.
We support our clients so that they never feel alone on the road, facing insurance adjusters, or in court.
Damages Provide Help for Motorcycle Injuries
While any injury from a car accident can disrupt your life, motorcycle crashes can cause injuries like burns, disfigurement, and traumatic brain injuries that are especially challenging to recover from. The emergency costs alone carry a high price, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that the average emergency department visit for a crash costs $3,300.
Compensation can help alleviate these financial burdens, as well as provide additional damages for the trauma of being in a crash. Damages fall under two categories:
This form of compensation pays for bills and losses that are easily quantified. You could receive damages for:
- Medical bill reimbursement
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Projected lost income
In other words, anything with a specific number associated with it can be covered with economic damages. This includes any costs associated with your injury, even smaller or more unique expenses like prescription medication or therapy to deal with the trauma.
What you experienced in your motorcycle crash left an indelible mark on your life, one apparent in more than just your bills, but also in your personal relationships and mental health. Non-economic damages cover these consequences. Examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Altered quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Reduced earning capacity
The amount of this compensation varies from case to case. Non-economic damages are personalized to ensure victims receive an amount that reflects what they went through.
Our Team Provides Help for Pursuing Damages
Understanding what your case is worth is a valuable tool when facing insurance adjusters and negligent parties, allowing you to know what to consider in your settlement decision. This is where one of our motorcycle accident lawyers can lend a hand. We gather evidence on the Tallahassee road where your crash occurred, as well as consult experts, to form a picture of the compensation you need. Then we fight for it.
Knowing what your case is worth involves evaluating:
- Your medical records and history
- Your age and health when the crash happened
- Expert analysis on your recovery
- Relationships impacted by the crash
- Your financial situation and dependents
- Actuarial projections of your income
- Your hobbies and interests
We develop a comprehensive image of how this accident has impacted and will impact your life. By contrast, insurance companies do not take a holistic approach to accidents, instead hoping to turn your experiences into the smallest dollar amount they must pay. We look deeper to ensure every corner of your life touched by your injuries is examined for possible compensation.
Your Age May Impact the Types of Damages You Receive
For example, if you are older, you may have suffered worse injuries. The Insurance Information Institute (III) cites a Brown University study that linked serious injuries with older riders. This information, along with details from your doctor about your prognosis, could mean you receive damages for the longer recovery time and complications that come with age.
Likewise, if injury means you can no longer do activities you enjoyed, maintain the same intimate relationship with your spouse, or earn the same amount of money for your dependents, we can pursue compensation for each of those changes to your life.
Proving Your Right to Those Damages
In addition to assigning a value to your case, we gather evidence to support that value. Personal injury cases, whether in the form of an insurance claim or a lawsuit, hinge on proving someone’s negligence caused your injuries. We work toward that goal by:
- Obtaining police reports
- Reviewing photos and video footage
- Interviewing witnesses and bystanders
- Reconstructing the accident scenario
- Compiling medical records
- Investigating the negligent party
- Surveying the scene and vehicle damage
- Consulting experts
Our approach to proving your case is just as comprehensive as our approach to valuing your case. We utilize many forms of evidence to highlight where the responsible party made the negligent choice that led to your injuries.
We Can Provide Support and Closure
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, our team is your team. We are committed to being more than just the people who file your paperwork and talk to the insurance company. We want you to feel like your case is in good hands. When you work with us, you can count on:
- Free, no-obligation case review
- No fee unless you are paid
- Access to your attorney’s cell phone
- Help scheduling appointments and transportation
- Regular updates and responses
We back it all up with online reviews. Check out what others have said about how we treat our clients. Then come see us for your free consultation.
Receiving legal help after the sudden loss of a loved one can also help you receive damages to take care of end-of-life expenses. Motorcycle accidents are disproportionately fatal compared to other crashes on the road, with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reporting that motorcycle fatalities were 27 times higher than those in passenger vehicles.
Wrongful death cases can help pay remaining medical bills and funerary expenses, as well as compensate family members for what the deceased provided for them. That could include income, security, and emotional support.
The window for wrongful death is shorter than personal injury; you must file within two years of the death, compared to four years for injury (Florida Statutes § 95.11). Some factors can change that, so get in touch with us for more.
Your Motorcycle Crash Case Could Provide You with Damages
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today for your free consultation. One of our motorcycle accident lawyers can help you find repairs and treatment in Tallahassee, as well as craft a plan to pursue damages. We’ll go all the way to court if necessary. Call us at 1-800-747-3733.
We Can Help.