Every year, there are motorcycle crashes that take place in the United States, some of which are fatal. While you don’t want to be one of the statistics, accidents do happen. What you do next can make a big difference.
You will want to report a crash as soon as it happened. This will allow you to get a police report. It’s important to avoid speaking to the responsible party, especially as it pertains to fault.
South Bend motorcycle attorneys can be called as soon as you have had your crash to guide you through what should happen next. Settlement amounts can vary. Smaller accidents may be worth a few thousand dollars while others can go into six or seven digits. There’s no way to tell just how much your injury settlement may be worth until you see a doctor to know what injuries you have sustained.
If you cannot see one right away, you should see a doctor within 72 hours following your motorcycle accident. This will ensure that medical professionals can tie your injuries to the accident and not to something else that may happen in between. You may need prescriptions, surgery, injections, and weeks (or months) of therapy. The more your medical treatment and bills you incur can directly affect your settlement. Often, your settlement is based in part on a multiplier of what your medical care ends up costing. However, an attorney will be able to give you a better idea.
Further, it’s hard to talk about settlement values until you are completely released from the care of a doctor.
What a Settlement Includes
Every motorcycle accident is different based on the amount of property damage and the level of injuries that were sustained. However, a motorcycle settlement will contain many of the same components every time.
South Bend motorcycle attorneys will be able to look at the total cost of your medical bills, your pain and suffering, your lost wages, and your future potential for medical bills to establish a fair settlement amount. This is why it’s critical to work with lawyers who have experience with personal injury cases, and, more specifically, motorcycle injuries. You will also want to make sure that you follow all attorney instructions by keeping a record of all time off from work, receipts for medication, and more.
At Blackburn and Green, you can sit down with an attorney to discuss your case. Having a professional lawyer on your side can make it easier to overcome your motorcycle injury and move forward with your life.