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What Damages Can I Receive After a Motorcycle Accident?

Most motorcycle riders will do everything in their power to avoid an accident. They protect themselves and others from serious injuries or even death by taking the necessary precautions. But if an accident happens at no fault of the motorcycle rider, they have every right to seek damages. In particular, motorcycle riders may be eligible to receive both general and special damages.

General Damages

This damage is awarded to a person who has suffered physical or emotional injuries. General damages are also awarded to someone who has sustained property damage due to another person’s negligence.

Some examples of general damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

This type of damage can be difficult to quantify. A jury will often decide the amount of general damages a person should receive. The amount can vary greatly depending on the facts and circumstances of each case.

Special Damages

This damage is awarded to someone who has suffered quantifiable losses, such as medical bills or lost wages.

Some examples of special damages include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Property damage

Special damages are more straightforward to quantify than general damages because they typically involve objective costs, such as medical bills, that can be easily calculated.

Are Damages for Motorcycle Accidents Different Than Car Accidents?

Motorcycle riders can usually seek the same damages a person injured in a car accident can receive. The most considerable difference between motorcycle and car accidents is the seriousness of injuries. Usually, a motorcyclist is more prone to be injured in an accident than a person in a car because they are less protected.

When to Call an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you might be entitled to damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other compensation. The dedicated motorcycle accident attorneys at The Roth Firm, LLC can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Reach out to our team day or night, online or by phone. (404) 777-4899