What damages can be recovered after a motorcycle accident?

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Motorcycles offer riders a different type of driving experience. They can freely cruise on the open road. However, motorcycles are extremely dangerous as they are smaller than other vehicles on the road. It is common for motorcycles to be in obstructed views where other motorists cannot see them resulting in a collision. Motorcycle accidents oftentimes result in fatality. Victims normally do not walk away unscathed. The leading cause of motorcycle accidents is often caused by driver error and negligence. If you or someone you care about has been injured because of another motorist’s negligence, contact an experienced New York City Motorcycle Accident Lawyer who can help you recover reasonable damages for your injuries.¬†

What types of injuries are commonly sustained from a motorcycle accident?

Motorcycle accident victims often sustain devastating injuries that negatively impact their life. Motorcycles offer riders no outside protection. In other motor vehicles, drivers have safety provisions such as seatbelts and airbags. However, motorcyclists only have a helmet to protect them. This leads to significant injuries after a collision. Motorcyclists may suffer minor to life-threatening injuries. Injuries sustained from these types of accidents may include:

  • Traumatic head and brain injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Rib and torso injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Road rash
  • Burns and lacerations
  • Whiplash
  • Organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Disfigurement
  • Amputations
  • Wrongful death

Oftentimes, the aftermath of a motorcycle accident is tragic. Victims may suffer upper-extremity and lower-extremity injuries that can be life-altering. These types of injuries can cause both physical and mental trauma. Victims that are injured due to another person’s negligence are entitled to financial compensation.

What types of damages can victims recover?

Injured individuals may recover economic or non-economic damages to help them get back on their feet. Economic damages are easily quantifiable. Economic damages have calculable financial losses. However, non-economic damages are subjective. These types of damages are harder to put a price value on.

Economic damages 

Economic damages victims may be able to recover include:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Household services
  • Life care services
  • Loss of business opportunities

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages victims may recover include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental trauma and anguish
  • Inconvenience
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of society and companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Disabilities and impairments
  • Scarring and disfigurements

Victims can recover financial compensation for their injuries after a motorcycle accident. As mentioned above, injured individuals may suffer both physical and mental trauma. Physical and mental trauma can negatively affect a person’s life. Drivers of any type of vehicle need to abide by the rules of the road to ensure no collisions or injuries result. To ensure everyone’s safety, motorcyclists and other motorists must remain attentive on the road.

If you or someone you love has been injured due to another person’s negligence, reach out to our dedicated and trusted team members. Our firm is committed to your best interest. Our experienced firm can help you seek the justice you deserve.

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