If you are a biker, you understand there is a real risk when it comes to riding your bike in traffic. The drivers of passenger vehicles often don't see you and you can end up being involved in an accident before you realize it.
If you are hit by a vehicle at an intersection, you might be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver who is liable for the crash. Some damages you might pursue in a personal injury claim include medical expenses, property damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future loss of earnings.
Damages to Your Motorcycle
If your bike is hit at an intersection, it can suffer serious damages. Here are some common damages that might be suffered in a crash of that nature.
Total loss- Your bike might be too damaged to be repaired. In this case, you will need a new bike or a replacement.
Engine damage- When the bike overturns or suffers a direct impact, it can result in major damage to the motor.
Handlebars- The handlebars can be bent and damaged during the crash, which will require replacement.
The costs of repairing or replacing your bike can be pursued as property damages in your personal injury claim. You will need to provide receipts and/or any written estimates.
Injuries You Might Suffer in an Accident at an Intersection
Serious motorcycle accidents can occur at intersections. Suffering a high-speed impact from the side can cause life-altering injuries. The speed of the vehicles, the angle of the impact, and the severity of the impact all come into play when there is an accident an intersection.
While several things come into play regarding the severity of the injuries, here are some common injuries that result from accidents at intersections:
Broken arm - Being thrown from your bike or struck directly can result in broken bones, particularly a broken arm.
Serious lacerations- Hitting the pavement or being hit by a vehicle can result in serious lacerations. These lacerations will require ongoing care and might result in permanent scarring.
Concussion- Even if you are wearing your helmet you can suffer a head injury. Concussions can be serious and might require extensive medical care.
You can include the costs of your medical care, including future medical needs, in your personal injury claim. Your pain and suffering is based off the amount of your medical expenses.
Your personal injury attorney can help you with your claim and calculate your personal injury damages. Generally, the type of injury you sustained and it's severity can have an effect on your claim.
Getting Help Today
If you were involved in an accident with a vehicle at an intersection while riding your motorcycle, you should consult with an attorney experienced in motorcycle accident injury law before filing a personal injury claim.
Because personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, you have nothing to lose and you will not pay out anything up front. Your lawyer won't get paid until you get a settlement or a judgment.
Schedule a free case evaluation today.