Why are motorcycle accident claims more complicated?
Motorcycle accident claims tend to be more complicated than your typical car accident case for several reasons.
For one, liability is often vigorously contested in motorcycle accident claims. Many people have negative perceptions and stereotypes of motorcycle riders. They view all motorcyclists as reckless motorists who speed and weave in and out of traffic. A driver who hits a motorcycle rider may argue that because he or she did not see the rider, the rider must have been driving illegally or recklessly.
Also, motorcycle accidents tend to result in serious, sometimes life-threatening injuries. A rider may take months of medical treatment to recover. The rider may find that the at-fault driver does not have sufficient insurance to cover all of the rider’s damages.
Even if the driver has sufficient financial resources to compensate the injured rider, it can be difficult to calculate the rider’s total damages since treatment may be ongoing at the time of settlement negotiations or trial.