A motorcycle accident is a major ordeal to go through. Enduring a motorcycle is scary enough without having to worry about the financial burden it will cause you. When a negligent party causes your accident, you deserve to have your damages covered. The number of your damages can typically be resolved through the other party's insurance provider. Unfortunately, insurance coverage may not cover all the costs you need to be made whole. In this instance, you may want to consider a personal injury lawsuit to recoup your damages instead of an insurance settlement. Here are a few factors that can help you decide how much you need to sue for after a motorcycle accident.
How Much Was Your Motorcycle Worth?
One part of a lawsuit is recovering the costs of your personal property. In the case of a motorcycle accident, a major part of your personal property damage will be the damage to your motorcycle. A motorcycle is an expensive investment, so you should sue for the fair value of the bike or for the cost to repair the bike if it is salvageable.
How Much Are Your Medical Expenses?
Any injuries you have as a result of the motorcycle accident should be covered by the negligent party. Even if you do not think you are injured, you need to go to the hospital to be checked out. You may have some injuries you do not know about initially that have not yet presented themselves.
Your settlement should include any costs that are associated with your injuries from the accident. This includes all hospitalization costs, co-pays from seeing your doctor, expenses for visits to a specialist, costs of physical therapy, surgery expenses, medication costs, costs for any special medical equipment you need as a result of your injuries, the cost to modify your home if you need to make it more accessible, and anything else you may need. If your injury has resulted in your need for ongoing care for any extended period, the costs for the care should also be considered when you sue for damages.
Should You Include Pain and Suffering in a Lawsuit?
When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, pain and suffering are compensatory expenses. This is in addition to the physical pain you suffered. If you endure any emotional trauma or mental anguish, you can sue for pain and suffering. Motorcycle accidents can result in mental and emotional damage. Your attorney will determine a figure that's fair to sue for based on your experience.
For more information, reach out to a motorcycle accident personal injury attorney near you.