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Updated March 7, 2021
Every motorcycle accident is different, and determining your claim’s worth is split between two types of damages or losses: special damages and general damages.
While special damages can pinpoint an exact dollar amount, general damages—also referred to as pain and suffering—can’t be calculated.
Special damages are monetary losses such as medical expenses and lost wages. For pain and suffering, on the other hand, there aren’t strict guidelines to determine a specific dollar amount. If your case goes to trial, the amount of money you’re awarded depends entirely on the jury; what they decide is appropriate is the amount of money you’ll get. You can go to trial and state your expectation, but there’s no guarantee.
Following a motorcycle accident, your insurance may cover many of your expenses. However, insurance typically won’t cover lost wages, missed opportunities, or pain and suffering. There may be large deductibles you will have to pay before coverage begins. Some motorcycle insurance policies have limits on the amount they’ll pay to accident victims.
One of the first thoughts following an accident is who to fault. If the other driver involved in the accident was not negligent, or you can’t prove the accident was their fault, you likely can’t pursue a lawsuit for injuries or monetary losses. If you aren’t quite sure who was at fault, you’re not alone. Accidents are complicated, especially motorcycle accidents. If you are unsure, it is best to contact an attorney and receive a case evaluation.
If you or a loved one have been injured in motorcycle accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can show you how to calculate damages for your accident and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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