When a vehicle hits a pedestrian it can be a traumatic experience both physically and emotionally, regardless of what type of vehicle was involved.
Even though motorcycles are smaller and lighter than most cars, they tend to travel at higher speeds and still have quite a bit of weight behind them, with the average motorcycle weighing between 500 and 1,000 pounds.
This means that a pedestrian who is hit by a motorcycle when walking may incur just as much injury as those who are hit by cars, and the recovery process and medical expenses are very similar. A pedestrian who has been hit by a motorcycle can find themselves facing a long recovery process with lost wages and mounting medical bills, adding severe financial strain to an already difficult situation.
Injuries Commonly Suffered by Pedestrians Who Are Hit by a Motorcycle While Walking
The injuries suffered by pedestrians who are hit by motorcycles while walking are similar in nature to the injuries one would face when being hit by any other vehicle. Oftentimes bones will be fractured or broken. Bruising and abrasions are very common as well. In severe cases, concussions and swelling of the brain may occur. Some accidents may even result in spinal cord injuries and other internal injuries.
When a pedestrian is hit by a motorcycle while walking, it is very important to determine fault. This is due to the fact that who is at fault will significantly impact the outcome of the situation.
If the pedestrian is at fault, for example: running into traffic in front of the motorcycle, the pedestrian will be responsible for his or her own medical expenses and may even be responsible for any damages the driver of the motorcycle may have suffered.
If, however, the driver of the motorcycle was at fault, such as running into a pedestrian who had the right of way in a crosswalk, then the motorcycle driver would be responsible for damages suffered by the pedestrian such as lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
What Damages Am I Entitled If Hit By a Motorcycle?
If you were hit by a motorcycle and you successfully win the claim, you will be entitled to damages that will compensate you fairly for your injuries. You may be awarded compensatory damages, which help compensate for losses that include medical bills, any lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you were by by a motorcycle and the driver was found to be at fault, you could be awarded punitive damages, which are damages that are intended to punish the defendant. You may be able to receive punitive damages on top of your compensatory damages.
The exact dollar amount that you could receive if you were hit by a motorcycle depends on the situation at hand. By working with a personal injury lawyer, he or she will be able to calculate and advise you on the types of damages and the exact amount that you could be entitled to receive.
Filing a Claim against a Motorcycle Driver
To file a claim against a motorcycle driver you will need his or her name and contact information as well as his or her insurance information. You will need to contact the driver’s insurance company to report the accident and file a claim, but before doing so you should ensure that you have enough evidence to prove who was at fault and the extent of your damages. In this regard, you may want to consider retaining an attorney to help you with your claim.
An attorney will know what evidence you will need to prove fault and hold the driver responsible for your damages. He or she will also know what damages you are entitled to including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you work directly with the insurance company, it is not necessarily in their best interests to disclose all of the damages you may be able to seek. Working with an attorney, however, will ensure that you are able to seek all damages that you have a right to after being hit by a motorcycle while walking.