How Do Motorcycle Accidents Differ From Other Auto Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents are typically worse than auto accidents, as far as the injuries suffered by riders. Serious injuries are often seen, orthopedic injuries, and head injuries, and some serious road rash. There is also the risk of being hit by a following vehicle. Motorcyclists simply have less protection in the environment where the collisions occur. I have ridden since I was old enough to get a bike and the truth is there is less protection surrounding you if something happens.
How Are Damages Valued In a Motorcycle Accident Claim? Are Future Medical Costs taken Into Account?
There are projected life expectancy tables and future medical costs in motorcycle accident cases. You need the representation of someone who is competent to prepare a life care plan. For example, if you have a hip replacement, you will normally have additional hip replacements in 15 or 20 year increments. It’s going to take expert testimony to present what all your future costs and harms are going to be.
If My Motorcycle Accident Case Involves A Ticket, Is My Claim Doomed?
Whether you case will be affected by a traffic ticket at the scene depends on what the ticket is for. Did the ticket have anything to do with the liability? If you got a ticket for expired license tags, that has nothing to do with whether you caused the wreck. If you didn’t even have a license that has nothing to do with cause of the wreck. If you caused the wreck and got a ticket that can be a problem. Municipal tickets are not controlling in civil court matters and normally not admitted.
What If I Was Partially at Fault For The Motorcycle Accident? Do I Have Any Chance For Recovery?
Under comparative negligence, you can still recover for your injuries, even if you were partially at fault for causing the wreck. As long as your negligence was less than the defendant’s
Are Operators And Passengers Of Motorcycles Required To Wear Helmets And Other Safety Gear?
In South Carolina, you are not required to wear a helmet if 21 years old, under 21 must wear helmet. or over. However, many other states do require helmets.
Does It Impact My Injury Claim If I Wasn’t Wearing A Helmet?
You will want to move to keep evidence of the lack of helmet out of the case. After all the problem was someone ran a light, or failed to yield right of way etc. and now they are trying to make it your fault! You are legally entitled to ride without a helmet, and you have the right to expect fellow motorists to follow the law. That is not to say that isn’t a good strategy because you can feel how it seems to make sense! Juries may decide from the evidence that you didn’t wear a helmet and it may have some prejudicial effect. After years of practice I will comm to saying we are a most interesting species. We can have great compassion and equally powerful prejudice and hatred. The heart controls and the head follows…
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