Compensation After a Clinton Motorcycle Accident
A motorcycle accident lawsuit cannot prevent motorcycle accidents or undo the physical harm that a motorcyclist suffered in such a crash. However, a motorcycle accident lawsuit can provide the injured motorcyclist with financial compensation and assistance in addressing the many costs and burdens he or she is likely facing. If another individual caused the motorcycle crash, the motorcyclist may be able to recover the following damages from the at-fault driver:
- Medical costs and expenses, including ongoing or future medical expenses that are reasonably foreseeable;
- Lost wages due to time missed from work;
- The loss of opportunity to advance in one’s career or obtain bonuses from his or her employer (if applicable);
- Mental pain, suffering, and anguish, including stress and pain that comes from suffering disfiguring injuries or amputation injuries;
- Loss of enjoyment of life (in other words, the mental stress that accompanies a realization that one cannot participate in many of the activities in which one used to participate);
- Damage to one’s personal property.
In short, any loss or expense that can be shown to have been caused as the result of the negligent motorist’s actions may be able to be compensated through a motorcycle accident lawsuit.
Before you start up your motorcycle to cruise through Clinton and the surrounding area, think safety. Not only can your own actions play a significant role in determining the extent of your injuries, your failure to take reasonable precautions can negatively impact your ability to recover compensation. Specifically, failing to take reasonable steps to protect yourself from injury in a motorcycle crash can reduce the amount of compensation you would otherwise receive. In certain cases, you may not be entitled to recover any compensation at all. For these reasons, be sure to take appropriate and reasonable safety measures when riding:
- Always wear a properly-fitted and certified helmet. Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of suffering serious brain injuries in a crash. Wearing a helmet significantly reduces the chances of this happening;
- Wear protective clothing, including long sleeves and pants, to reduce the chance of “road rash” – serious abrasions that can result from sliding across the pavement during a crash;
- Make sure your motorcycle is in good working order before riding. Make certain that the tires, brakes, lights, and other essential components of the motorcycle appear to be in good repair;
- Obey traffic laws and drive defensively. It is especially important that you not ride in another vehicle’s blind spot and that you make every reasonable effort to make yourself visible to other drivers. Driving aggressively, weaving in and out of traffic, or attempting to pass in between lanes of travel is an invitation for a wreck.
These tips will not prevent all motorcycle accidents from occurring. However, they will help you realize two important goals: (1) First, your risk of suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident will be reduced; and (2) your opportunity to recover the maximum amount of compensation as possible from the at-fault, negligent party will be preserved.