The aftermath of a motorcycle accident is going to be confusing. When an accident happens, the main thing on your mind is getting medical attention for any injuries to you or your passenger. After that, you need to start thinking about how you are going to pay for the medical bills and property damage. At the SMT Legal, our knowledgeable and experienced team is going to get to work on your behalf today. Let our knowledgeable Pittsburgh motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to secure the compensation you deserve.
The dangers of a motorcycle accident
Motorcycle accidents can lead to severe consequences. During the latest reporting year for Pennsylvania, there was a total of 3,194 motorcycle accidents. Out of those, there were:
- 185 motorcyclist fatalities
- 3,052 motorcyclist injuries
Looking at those numbers, you can see that motorcyclists are vulnerable to injuries because they are so exposed during a crash. Even when wearing a helmet, a motorcyclist and motorcycle passenger is very likely to sustain one of the following injuries:
- Spinal cord trauma (possible paralysis)
- Head injuries/traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or road rash
What does a fair settlement look like?
If the other party’s negligence or careless actions caused your motorcycle accident, you should be able to recover compensation. Generally, the more severe the injury, the higher a settlement will be. There are many expenses to consider in these cases, including:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Compensation for your property damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent driver
A fair settlement is one that covers all of your accident-related expenses.
What can I do to help my claim?
Immediately after a crash, be sure to seek medical attention for any injuries you have sustained. If possible, work to gather evidence about the crash at the scene or ask someone else to do so. This can include photographic evidence of the damages and causes of the crash as well as gathering eyewitness names and phone numbers.
One of the most important things that need to be done is proving the other party’s fault in the accident. Your Pittsburgh motorcycle accident lawyer will work to thoroughly investigate the incident in order to secure the maximum compensation.
You need to act as quickly as possible
At the SMT Legal, we want to get to work as quickly as possible. Our qualified and experienced team will work to preserve the evidence in your case with the goal of securing a fair compensation for your motorcycle accident.
In many cases, this will be possible through a negotiated settlement with the negligent party or their insurance carrier. If a fair settlement is not offered, we are ready to take your case to trial. When you need a Pittsburgh motorcycle accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 1-888-976-2529.