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Our Pierce County motorcycle accident attorneys consistently advise members of the public of the reality that many motorcyclists are injured or killed annually because of the negligence of someone else. People who enjoy taking to the roadways on bikes need to understand the essential legal facts associated with motorcycle accidents, and these include an understanding of the basic risks of operating a bike on a public roadway. Essential facts also include an understanding of basic rights that accrue to a person injured because of someone else’s negligence while riding a motorcycle on a public roadway.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations in a Motorcycle Accident Case
The statutes of limitations establishes a set time period in which you must file a lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries and damages arising from a motorcycle accident you believe was caused by someone else’s negligence. You need to keep in mind that the failure to file a lawsuit within this time period can have very serious consequences. If you fail to meet this deadline, you can be precluded forever from seeking compensation from the damages you sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of someone else. The requirements of the statute of limitations underscores the need for a person to be proactive when it comes to retaining the services of an attorney in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident. By engaging the services of qualified Pierce County motorcycle accident attorneys, you place yourself in the very best position to protect your rights and interests and to ensure that you ultimately obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
Compensation for Medical Expenses
A person who is injured in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s negligence is entitled to different types of compensation. A primary type of compensation to which an injured person is entitled is for medical expenses. The reality is that in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, a person typically faces what can end up being a significant amount of medical bills and expenses. You need to keep in mind that medical expenses for which you are entitled to compensation are not limited to your current bills. In addition to being compensated for the money currently being expended for medical bills, you are also entitled to compensation for medical bills and expenses that you reasonably can be expected to incur in the future. Predicting future medical expenses typically requires the use of a medical professional. In other words, calculating future medical expenses (as well as existing ones) is not always easy. The need to get this calculation correct underscores the need for Pierce County motorcycle accident attorneys in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident that results in personal injuries.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
If a motorcyclist or passenger is killed as the result of an accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, certain family members of that individual may be able to pursue what is known as a wrongful death action. Wrongful death cases typically can be brought only by close relatives of a person killed because of another’s negligence. Wrongful death cases associated with motorcycle accident are challenging legal matters. Pursuing this type of case is best undertaken with the professional assistance of Pierce County motorcycle accident attorneys.
Compensation for Lost Wages
A person injured because of a motorcycle accident is likely to miss work. Indeed, such an individual may be off work and without income for what can amount to an extended period of time. In addition, there are instances in which a person may never be able to work again or never be able to return to the same position of employment previously occupied. An individual injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence is entitled to compensation for lost wages. As is the case with medical expenses, this includes compensation for current lost wages as well as those that reasonably can be projected to be lost in the future.
Compensation for Pain and Suffering
Injuries arising from a motorcycle accident can result in significant pain and suffering. Pain and suffering represents yet another category of compensation to which a person is entitled. The extent of pain and suffering afflicting a person represents another area that typically requires information provided by a medical expert. An experienced personal injury lawyer is able to obtain the assistance of this type of expert.
Damage to Property
In many motorcycle accidents, the bike itself, and perhaps other personal property, is damaged or destroyed. Indeed, more often than not, a motorcycle will be “totaled” as a result of an accident with another vehicle. The victim of a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence is entitled to compensation for damage of or destruction to property. This includes the motorcycle itself and all associated gear.
If the other motorist was particularly reckless in causing the accident in question, the injured party may be entitled to what are called punitive damages. For example, if the other motorist was intoxicated at the time of the accident, the injured biker may be entitled to punitive damages because the other driver is deemed to be particularly reckless in operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. At their essence, punitive damages are designed to punish a particularly reckless party, to punish a person who engaged in particularly egregious conduct. Punitive damages are not available in all cases. A layperson typically is not in the best position to effectively pursue punitive damages in a case. A lawyer is in the best position to effectively pursue a claim for punitive damages on behalf of a client.
Contact Pierce County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys to Protect Your Rights
If you have been injured as the result of a motorcycle accident, you best protect your legitimate and important rights and interests by engaging the services of a qualified, experienced Pierce County personal injury attorney. The legal team at Greene & Lloyd, PLLC stands ready to protect your rights and interests during this difficult time. An attorney from Greene & Lloyd, PLLC can schedule an initial consultation with you at your convenience. An initial consultation can be scheduled by calling the firm at 253-770-0808. An initial consultation can be scheduled any time at your convenience. If you are unable to get to your offices, we can schedule an initial consultation at a location more convenience and accessible to you. There is no charge for an initial consultation with one of our attorneys. In addition, the Pierce County motorcycle accident attorneys at our firm do not charge any fee unless and until we obtain a settlement or judgment in your favor.