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What Can Be Claimed in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?

What Can Be Claimed in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?

June 4, 2019

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating in terms of bodily injury and property damage. If you are in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, you may have a case for a lawsuit to recover the damages you incurred, including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.

Mr. Karl Truman is an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your rights and options for motorcycle accident lawsuits in Kentucky and Indiana. In addition to representing many motorcycle accident victims, he is the author of The Guide to Protecting Motorcyclists in Indiana & Kentucky, a book intended to steer motorcyclists into decisions that could save their lives and help them make responsible insurance coverage choices. With the help of Mr. Truman and his team, you can find out if you have a case and how to best pursue getting the compensation you deserve.

Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to payment from the liable party or their insurance company. If the negligent party was an uninsured or underinsured motorist, Mr. Truman will weigh various factors to determine the best course of action. It may be possible, even in these circumstances, to recover damages related to your accident and the ways it has and will continue to impact your life.

Compensation is often separated into two categories: special damages and general damages. These categories are alternately referred to as economic and non-economic damages.

Special damages

Special damages (economic damages) include your medical costs, lost wages (present and future), and damage to your motorcycle. This category of loss involves specific, documentable dollar amounts.

Medical expenses:

The cost of medical expenses for someone injured in a motorcycle accident can be staggering. Ambulance transport and emergency room costs alone are substantial. Then there may be follow-up visits, medications, physical therapy, and other rehabilitation.

In the case of severe injury, your home may need to be modified or you may need a prosthetic device. You may also need certain devices or technology to be able to perform your normal tasks.

These costs are overwhelming, especially when you have ongoing pain and treatments. Mr. Truman will fight for you to help get these expenses covered by the responsible party.


If your injuries cause you to miss work, you may be eligible for reimbursement of your lost wages. You may also be awarded payment for future lost income if you are looking at a lengthy recovery or permanent disability.

motorcycle laying on the highway after a motorcycle accidentProperty damage:

Replacement or repair of your motorcycle will be expensive, and you may also need transportation during the repairs or replacement process. Mr. Truman will work to secure payment of these costs as part of your compensation. 

General Damages

Without an experienced attorney by your side, it can be difficult to get compensation for general damages like pain, suffering, and emotional trauma. This is largely because general damages (non-economic damages) refer to costs that come without an actual bill or easily calculable total.

Mr. Truman and his team will discuss with you how your life has been and will be affected by the accident and your injuries. Then, he will compile documentation of your distress as part of the case he will present on your behalf.

Pain and suffering:

The severity of your injuries will determine the amount of compensation you can seek for this type of general damage. The nature of your injuries and required treatments will be the main factors here, and you will want an effective and persistent lawyer to help you face the insurance company

Emotional trauma:

Motorcycle accidents are traumatic. You may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other emotional challenges as a result of the accident. Mr. Truman believes that emotional distress takes a significant toll and should be factored into your compensation as a victim of a motorcycle accident.

Contact us for a Free Case Evaluation

At the Karl Truman Law Office, we want to help you move forward from your motorcycle accident. We will review your case for free to see how we can help you recover financially from the effects of a motorcycle accident in Louisville, Kentucky; Jeffersonville, Indiana, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at 812-282-8500.