With months of beautiful weather and miles of gorgeous landscapes, it comes as no surprise to many people to hear that Mississippi is a popular state for motorcycle enthusiasts.
However, all too often other drivers on the road are not paying attention to motorcycles, and when accidents happen the results can be catastrophic for the motorcyclist.
At Harris Law Firm in Greenville, our experienced personal injury attorneys have represented many clients in motorcycle accident lawsuits and fought for the compensation they deserve after a serious accident.
Call or contact our office today to learn more about your legal options.
Motorcycle Accident Common Causes
While all vehicles have an equal right to the road, oftentimes the drivers of larger vehicles are not looking for motorcycles and that is when accidents occur. As a result, there are many different reasons why motorcycle accidents happen in Mississippi. The most common cause is distracted driving.
Texting, playing with the radio, or distracting passengers results in drivers failing to pay attention to motorcycles nearby. Also, another common cause of motorcycle accidents is driving under the influence. This means another driver is driving drunk, or high, and unable to safely operate their motor vehicle.
Failure to check blind spots before changing lanes or turning causes many motorcycle accidents, with left hand turns being particularly dangerous for motorcycles. In addition, speeding, failure to use turn signals, and other violations of traffic laws by drivers of larger vehicles also lead to a number of accidents involving motorcycles.
Not leaving enough space between vehicles and dooring accidents also cause a number of injuries to motorcyclists every year in Mississippi. Regardless of the reason, motorcyclists deserve the same level of attention and respect as every other driver on the roadways. If you have injuries due to the negligence of another driver on the road, you deserve full compensation for your injuries.
Injuries Suffered in Motorcycle Accidents are Often Severe
Given the lack of protection a motorcycle provides its driver compared to other vehicles on the road, the injuries sustained by motorcycle accident victims are often far more severe than those suffered by the other drivers involved in larger, fully surrounded vehicles. Motorcyclists are often thrown from their vehicles, and the force of impact by a car or truck on the road often leads to catastrophic and permanent injuries.
Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries our office encounters when representing motorcycle crash victims includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial trauma
- Lost or broken teeth and jaw
- Neck injuries
- Bulging and herniated discs
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Burns and lacerations
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve injuries
- Amputated limbs
- Spinal cord damage
Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents in Mississippi
The average settlement for a motorcycle accident is often a significant sum, given the severity of many motorcycle accident injuries. It is critical that you have an expert motorcycle injury attorney by your side during the settlement process who truly understands what your claims are worth. Accepting a lower settlement can result in significant financial burdens on top of the stress of your recovery.
Compensation for motorcycle accidents includes payment for economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are the out-of-pocket expenses caused by the accident. This includes, compensation for present and future medical bills, property damage, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and the loss of future income and benefits.
Noneconomic compensation covers damages for emotional distress, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and the loss of enjoyment of life. In Mississippi, the cap for noneconomic damages for motorcycle accidents is $1,000,000. However, there is no cap for economic damages in this type of accident.
In the worst cases, where the victim of a motorcycle accident dies as a result of their injuries, the family can also seek additional compensation for wrongful death. This includes payment for final medical expenses, reasonable funeral and burial costs, and for the loss of love, support, security, and companionship. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will be able to review the facts of your case to determine the full value of your injury claims.
How Our Office Can Help
Harris Law Firm in Greenville has years of experience helping the victims of motorcycle accidents and their families get the compensation they deserve after an accident. So, from the moment you call Harris Law, our experienced personal injury attorneys are on the case.
We serve as a shield between you and the insurance companies who do not have your best interests at heart. They are constantly trying to get you to make a statement that will mitigate their costs for settlement or try to blame you for the accident. By hiring a lawyer, law requires insurers to go through us for all communication and settlement offers on your case.
In addition, we initiate our own investigation into the case by reviewing witness statements, photos and videos of the scene, and any other evidence that can help prove liability and damages for your case. We prepare the best possible arguments for your claims to ensure that you receive a full and fair settlement for your case.
If the insurance companies are not willing to offer you the compensation you deserve, the Harris Law Firm is not afraid to take your case to trial. We will support the behalf of all motorcycle accident victims. Our law firm understands the physical, emotional, and psychological toll that this type of accident can have on the victim and their loved ones.
Do Not Hesitate To Call Harris Law Firm Today
A motorcycle accident can be devastating to the victim and their loved ones, but you do not have to go through the process of settling your injury claims alone. Contact the Harris Law Firm in Greenville to schedule a free consultation. One of our personal injury attorneys will discuss your legal options following a motorcycle accident in Mississippi.