As motorcycle attorneys, our goal is always to get you a fair settlement for your motorcycle accident to compensate you for any loss – the goal is to get you fair compensation; it is not to go to trial.
It is important to note that when you contact me to help you with your motorcycle accident claim, you are not “suing” anyone. You are simply inquiring how I can help you handle the negotiations involved in recovering money for the expenses the other driver caused you to incur.
What we are doing, once you hire me, is simply making sure the insurance companies are aware that a motorcycle accident attorney has been hired, and is making sure the claim is properly set-up.
This keeps them honest! They know that when motorcycle lawyers are involved they can’t get away with bullying tactics.
Average Motorcycle Accident Settlement
The number one question one everyone’s mind after someone turns their life upside down is “what is an average motorcycle accident settlement worth?” Knowing an average amount won’t be any good to you.
The amount of the demand package we put together can range anywhere from about $5,000 to several million dollars, depending, of course, on the severity of your injuries, and what level of pain and suffering you are experiencing.
There are other factors to be considered, but they are usually fact specific, so again, it is nearly impossible to give you an idea of your situation from an average insurance settlement for motorcycle accident.
To give you some idea, our firm focuses on accidents that naturally involve serious personal injuries, our average motorcycle accident settlement in Pennsylvania is very close to the six-figure range.
Remember, this is merely an average settlement as we have had multiple cases which have settled for well over a million dollars and then we have had many accident cases, which based on the personal injuries involved where worth more than a million dollars.
This is much more than the typical rider can negotiate on his or her own.
Attorneys Get Larger Accident Settlements for Victims
Motorcycle attorneys typically get larger settlements than insurance companies offer victims themselves, without representation. Insurance companies use professional and trained negotiators. Most of my clients are not negotiators by trade. We are.
So How Much is a Good Settlement for a Motorcycle Accident?
Nobody wants to settle for less than they are entitled to, so the next question is usually, “how much is a good settlement for a motorcycle accident?”
A good settlement is when we get all of your expenses covered, current and future. This is largely determined by the amount of insurance money involved. This is usually a combination of the other driver’s insurance coverage and your own.
I’ll explain that in more detail when we speak.
Your Motorcycle Injury Settlement
Why Call Lee? You definitely want an experienced motorcycle injury attorney to protect your rights. I’ve seen it all, and am very confident in my process. We will get you the best motorcycle injury settlement amount possible.
Call 888-292-5352 to discuss my process.
There is no such thing as a “motorcycle accident settlement calculator”.
You can read more about the motorcycle personal injury claim process, but the following is the process after we have completed our investigative work.
To begin the settlement process, I set up a call with you to go over the entire case from accident to our investigative findings to making sure we have all the information about what the accident has cost you to date, and what any medical issues you may face in the future.
We investigate the incident thoroughly and have facts from viewing the scene and talking to witnesses, not to mention photos showing your injuries and the damage to your cycle or any property damage from your accident on our way to a final number.
I will discuss my views on the value of the claim and advise you.
Together we come up with a number which would fairly and adequately compensate you, without the need for litigation. This motorcycle accident settlement amount becomes our demand, which along with all of our supporting evidence, is forwarded to the insurance adjuster, to be reviewed.
I listen to all of your concerns about your injuries and how you have recovered to determine a fair settlement.
Once the demand package has been reviewed, we can generally tell from the initial response whether the claim will be resolved or need to be litigated with a motorcycle lawsuit.
Fortunately our law firm rate of amicable motorcycle injury settlements, with client approval of course, is approximately 93%!
The remainder of the claims may end up in some form of litigation, which usually resolves through a more formal accident settlement proceeding known as Mediation or Arbitration, with an even smaller percentage making it through all the way to trial.
Again motorcycle attorneys are typically trying to settle without going to trial.
If you have been in an accident and have lost wages as a result, you should also be aware that I will help you recover lost wages as well.
Free Consultation and Accident Review
Accident verdicts and settlements vary greatly. Negotiation is the key to getting the most from the insurance companies. That is where a good motorcycle injury attorney is invaluable to you!
One is an outright motorcycle personal injury settlement wherein we submit all the medical records, reports, bills, etc. to the insurance company and we reach an agreement on an amount that will adequately compensate my client for his/her pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and any liens. That is known as a “negotiated settlement”.
The other traditional way, if my motorcycle accident client and I cannot reach an agreement with the insurance carrier on a number that everyone is satisfied with, is with a motorcycle accident lawsuit filed against the individual who caused the accident.
Generally clients prefer an amicable personal injury settlement to litigation for obvious reasons. The most obvious being the time factor.
However, if motorcycle accident settlements prove impossible and it appears as though a jury trial is imminent, the way we try to get a realistic figure on compensation for the injuries caused in your accident – that is to use a mock jury.
Motorcycle Personal Injury Settlements: Negotiated, Trial, or Mock Jury
A mock “jury trial” is set up and controlled by the injury victims’ motorcycle accident attorney who puts on an abbreviated trial, including opening and closing arguments, and presents the evidence that would be presented at a real jury trial to the jurors that have been selected at random to hear the evidence.
It is essentially a dress rehearsal for a real trial, however the big advantage is that we put your case in front of anonymous jurors and then ask them to deliberate and come up with a number that they feel would adequately compensate the injured party.
Mock jury trials usually prove effective because a motorcycle accident lawyer puts out all of the evidence that would be put out in a real trial and then get opinions of the jurors as to what they each feel your case is worth.
We also get to speak to each one of them as to what other evidence they may want to have heard and this can be of great assistance in helping both sides reach personal injury settlements during the next rounds of settlement talks.
By the way the jurors don’t do this for free, but we absorb the cost at the time, and payment comes from the settlement amount. We contact companies that will set up the entire mock jury processes.
Lee D. Gaber will determine what is best for your particular situation. If you have been injured in a PA motorcycle accident call 888-292-5352 (888-cycle-law) for your free consultation and assessment.