Getting into a motorcycle accident can change your whole life for the worse. If you indeed survived your accident, you could be left with permanent disabilities. Even if your injuries are temporary, they could be quite severe, and you could be left with time away from work that could put you into an economic tailspin.
Fortunately, there is help. Our motorcycle accident attorneys can take your case and work to get you compensation for all of your damages, potentially reversing hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. This can get your life back on track and make a huge difference when it comes to dealing with permanent injuries and even repairing or replacing your damaged motorcycle.
Call Howe Law’s motorcycle accident lawyers today to find out more at (844) 876-4357.
What Is My Sandy Springs Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?
It is hard to know what a motorcycle accident case is worth without having your motorcycle accident lawyers review the facts of the case and go over your specific damages. Every case is different, and people can face completely different outcomes depending on their age, their health, and what happened in the crash. Chance also plays a huge role in things; some people walk away from accidents that look exactly like the accidents that leave others with permanent injuries.
Nonetheless, it is possible to take a preliminary look at your own case and estimate what your case could be worth. First, save any bills and receipts from expenses related to the accident, including motorcycle repair costs, medical bills, and other costs you have to pay because of your injuries, such as alternate transportation costs and care costs for your children while you are hospitalized. Next, keep track of any time lost at work and multiply that by your average wages. If you can still work but are receiving lower wages because your work tasks or job changed, subtract your new wage from your old wage and use that difference in your calculations instead. If you are permanently out of work or will face reduced wages going forward, the calculations are different, and you should consult with our attorneys.
Calculating non-economic damages like pain and suffering is harder to do on your own. It is important to analyze how the injury has affected your daily tasks, how it has affected your mood and your emotional well-being, and how much physical pain you are in. Scarring, disfigurement, and other issues are also factored in. Overall, our attorneys can help you with this step so you know what your potential case could be worth.
How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Motorcycle Accident in Sandy Springs, AL
After an accident, you might have dozens of questions about what you should do next. Our attorneys can guide you and help take care of your case while you focus on your recovery. We are also able to collect evidence, gather medical records, and build a strong claim so that when we file your case, it is ready to go. Moreover, we can seek to negotiate with the insurance companies involved to try to get them to pay you more than just a “nuisance settlement,” potentially getting you what your case is worth, not what the insurance company wants to pay to end the case quickly. Lastly, we can fight victim blaming and protect you from accusations that motorcycle riders are unsafe or that you contributed to causing your own injuries by virtue of riding a motorcycle instead of driving a car.
Evidence Needed for Strong Motorcycle Accident Claims in Sandy Springs, AL
To make sure that your case is as strong as it can be, you should collect the following information and evidence, or at least work with your attorneys to collect this evidence:
Information on Who Hit You
To find the driver who hit you and either file an insurance claim against them or take them to court, you have to know who that person is. At the scene of the crash, if you are well enough to stay and do so, get their contact information, insurance information, and vehicle information so you know who to file your claim against.
Information About the Crash Scene
Make notes about what the crash scene looked like on the day of the accident. Specifically, note whether there were any traffic control devices (signs, traffic lights), what the intersection or roadway looked like (number of roads meeting, number of on-ramps/off-ramps), and what the lighting, weather, and road surface conditions were like. This information is vital to building your case properly. For example, if the roadway was dry and the sun was shining, another driver should not be affected by those conditions; if the road was wet and it was dark, it could be harder for the other driver to control their vehicle.
Especially if you were injured and rushed off to the hospital, you might not be able to collect all of the information available at the scene of the accident. If someone called 911, then a police officer should create a report of the crash, and it should contain information about where the accident took place, who was involved, what injuries resulted, and other important details. Getting a copy will be required by some insurance companies, and our attorneys can use the police report in building your case as well.
Photos and Videos of the Crash
If you can, take pictures of the scene of the accident and get a good visual record of what happened, where the vehicles were, and what damage and injuries resulted. If anyone recorded the crash on a dashcam or helmet cam, or if a nearby security camera caught the crash on film, get copies of those recordings as well.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident and Injury Attorneys in Sandy Springs, AL
For a free review of your injury case, reach out to Howe Law’s Birmingham motorcycle accident lawyers at (844) 876-4357.