What Is the Average Settlement for a Motorcycle Wreck?

Motorcycle Laying on Its Side After an AccidentEvery accident is unique, so we cannot estimate the value of your motorcycle wreck settlement without examining your case. But we can discuss the factors that affect the value of your case.

Recoverable Economic Damages After a Motorcycle Accident

Losses that are measurable in dollars and represented by documentation like receipts, bills, invoices, and other business records are economic damages. These can include:

  • Medical expenses. We will collect the records to show all the reasonable medical costs you incurred as a result of the collision. Some examples are bills from the ambulance, emergency room, hospital, surgery, specialists, your primary care doctor, diagnostic tests, x-rays and other imaging services, lab work, prescription medications, equipment and supplies, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical treatment.
  • Lost wages. If you missed time from work because of your injuries, treatments, and recuperation, we will seek your lost wages as part of your economic damages.
  • Property damage. The cost to repair or replace your bike is an economic damage.
  • Future medical treatment. If we can link them to the accident, the negligent party will be liable for future medical treatments that are necessary and reasonable.
  • Decreased earning potential. Severe injuries can have residual effects that make a person no longer able to perform a previous job or require switching to a different career path. If you suffer physical or cognitive impairments that reduce the amount of money you can earn, we can work with a vocational expert and include the calculated amount of loss in your damages.
  • Disability. Sometimes people are unable to work at all after a significant motorcycle collision. You may qualify for compensation for losing your livelihood, and we can work with vocational experts to determine the value of this loss.
  • Long-term care. The cost of long-term care can be astronomical, particularly if you are relatively young at the time of the motorcycle wreck. We will include these expenses in your claim for damages.
  • Wrongful death. If your loved one lost their life in a motorcycle accident, we can file a wrongful death action to recover compensation for this tragic loss.

Recoverable Non-Economic Damages After a Motorcycle Accident

Although non-economic damages are harder to prove, our experience in handling motorcycle crashes gives us the tools we need to determine the fair amount of compensation you should receive. Your non-economic damages can include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychological distress, anxiety, and depression
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

Comparative Negligence Affects Settlement Value Too

Some motorcyclists may face a bias after an accident in that many view motorcyclists as reckless. If the other party alleges you contributed to the wreck, your comparative negligence could reduce the value of your claim.

For example, if the other party successfully argues you are 20 percent at fault for the wreck, it would reduce the value of your claim by 20 percent.

But First, You Must Establish the Defendant’s Liability

To recover any compensation in the first place, your claim must establish the four factors of personal injury liability:

  1. Duty of care. Every driver must follow the rules of the road and operate their vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner.
  2. Negligence. Failure to meet the standards of the duty of care is negligence. Driving while intoxicated, for example, is negligent. So is driving aggressively or running red lights and stop signs.
  3. Causation. Your case must prove that the defendant’s negligent actions led to your accident.
  4. Damages. Finally, your case must establish that you suffered physical, emotional, and/or financial damages because of the motorcycle wreck. These include the economic and noneconomic damages listed above.

If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact Max Meyers Law. Call us at 425-242-5595 to set up a free consultation.

Max Meyers
Max is a Kirkland personal injury attorney handling cases in Seattle, King County & surrounding in WA State.