Motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause severe injuries that can impact your life forever. From costly medical care to long-lasting physical pain, these consequences can lead to lasting challenges. It is only fair that the person responsible for causing your injuries is financially responsible for their actions, and a St. Petersburg motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm could hold them accountable.
An attorney from our firm could assist you with every aspect of your personal injury case. We know motorcycle accident law, and we can use our experience to help you get the best possible outcome in court. Before you file a lawsuit on your own, consider discussing your options with a St. Petersburg injury lawyer.
What to do after a motorcycle accident in St. Petersburg
Your actions following a motorcycle accident in St. Petersburg can directly impact the outcome of a future personal injury lawsuit. You can take steps that protect your health and your legal claim, or you could make missteps that put that case in jeopardy.
The following steps are a good idea in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident:
1. Call the police immediately
If your motorcycle sustained damage and/or you sustained injuries, be sure to notify law enforcement of your accident as soon as possible. For your safety, move out of the roadway while waiting for the police to arrive.
2. Stay at the scene
You have an obligation to remain at the scene of an accident in most cases. Leaving the scene not only makes it more difficult for you to pursue an injury claim against the other driver, but it could also result in criminal charges. You must stay at the scene of a crash any time there are:
- bodily injuries;
- or major property damage.
3. Collect evidence
When possible, it is helpful to collect the evidence available at the scene. This could involve taking photos of the scene of the crash. You could also obtain contact information for any witnesses present at the crash scene.
4. Seek medical care
Your health is your top priority. If you suffered injuries in your accident, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. For severe injuries, call an ambulance and seek emergency medical care. In these situations, it is fine to leave the scene of an accident for treatment. If your injuries are less severe, it is still a good idea to see a doctor right away.
5. Talk to a lawyer
This list would not be complete without the suggestion to speak to an attorney. If you believe your accident was the fault of the other driver, experienced legal counsel could help you pursue a civil lawsuit. You should talk to an attorney sooner rather than later, as you have limited time to file legal action.
Additionally, you need to contact your vehicle insurance company as soon as possible to make a claim. The longer you wait, the more complicated it could be to file the claim. However, it is not necessary to contact your insurance company immediately. Insurance companies will look for any reason to withhold or minimize compensation, so we recommend speaking with a lawyer first.
What is my case worth?
If you are considering a motorcycle accident injury lawsuit, you are wondering what your case might be worth. While an attorney cannot guarantee success or provide you with a specific amount of compensation you will recover, our firm can help you understand what is possible.
Damages you could recover compensation for
Personal injury lawsuits are made up of several categories of damages you could receive compensation for. Some of the damages that could result from your serious injuries include the following:
For many people, paying for the medical bills that result from a motorcycle accident is a top priority. Medical care is expensive for serious injuries, but even minor injuries can result in steep medical bills. If your lawsuit is successful, you could be entitled to damages based on the cost of your care.
Some of the treatment your lawsuit could pay for might include things like
- prosthetic limbs
- physical therapy
- emergency room care
- or pain management.
Not only could you recover damages for your past medical bills, but you could also be entitled to expenses related to future care.
Lost wages make up a major part of many motorcycle accident injury cases. If your injuries prevent you from working, you could lose out on weeks or months of your wages. Replacing those wages could be possible through a successful civil lawsuit.
Pain and suffering
Physical pain is a major issue for many people injured in motorcycle accidents. This pain could serve as the basis for part of your financial compensation.
Pain and suffering damages are known as non-economic damages. This means they are subjective and cannot be objectively measured. Despite these challenges, our firm could show a judge or jury why you are entitled to compensation for your pain.
Your civil lawsuit is not limited to recovering compensation that results from your physical injuries. You could also be entitled to a monetary award based on the damage to your motorcycle. This could include the cost of either repairing or replacing your motorcycle depending on how severe the damage might be.
Diminished future earnings
In addition to your lost wages, you could also have a viable case for compensation based on your diminished future earning power. If your physical injuries resulted in a permanent disability that limits the type of work you can perform, you could be entitled to damages based on the future wages you will miss out on.
Types of injuries common to motorcycle accidents
There are countless ways you could suffer an injury in a motorcycle accident. These injuries can impact any part of the body, and they are often severe. This is because motorcyclists are offered little in the way of protection in the case of a crash.
Motorcycle injuries generally result from two specific situations. First, an injury can occur from the direct impact of a car or truck striking the motorist. Second, many injuries occur when a rider is thrown from their bike. In either case, some of the most common injuries include the following:
- Road rash
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Severe burns
- Fractured bones
- Spinal cord damage
Any severe injury could impact your quality of life. These injuries could also serve as the foundation for a successful civil lawsuit moving forward. If you hire experienced legal counsel, you could recover the maximum compensation for the injuries you sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Choose Kogan & DiSalvo for your motorcycle accident claim
If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash in St. Petersburg, you have the right to seek financial compensation from the responsible party. The team at Kogan Injury Law is ready to help you pursue justice following your crash. Contact us today for a free consultation with a St. Petersburg motorcycle accident lawyer.