How Much Is My Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Case Worth?
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If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Wrongful death claims are difficult due the inherent discomfort many of us feel with attempting to place some monetary value on a person’s life. However, these types of death typically bring the family not only emotional pain but also serious financial burdens. You may be entitled to significant compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, loss of income and benefits, pain and suffering, and much more.
What Is the Value of My Claim?
There is no perfect way to determine adequate compensation in a motorcycle wrongful death claim. However, insurance companies and courts have settled on a variety of factors that they use to determine how much the deceased loved ones are owed in a wrongful death claim.
The factors can be split into two types of damages: econonic and non-economic. Economic damages attempt to place a value on the deceased life itself by using their age at time of death, their health prior to the motorcycle accident, their income or future earning potential, any specialized education or training, medical bills incurred, and future benefits that were lost due to the person’s death.
The non-economic factors are encompassed in the subjective value of the person’s life as determined by the insurance company or jury and the pain and suffering experienced by the deceased’s living family members.
What to Expect in an Insurance Settlement Negotiation
Ultimately, the settlement amount must be supported by evidence and cannot simply rest on guesswork. The factors listed above are flexible and depend in large part on the facts of the specific accident. Often, the cause of the deceased’s death can swing the amount of compensation awarded by an insurance company.
Motorcycle accidents are less common than car accidents and are thus much less predictable in front of a jury. The insurance company attempting to settle your claim is aware of this and should factor it into their offer.
Insurance companies know that people often view motorcycle accidents as egregious miscarriages of justice, particularly when the accident was caused by the carelessness of another driver. They are aware that motorcycle riders are often seen as victims of distracted drivers in other vehicles. Additionally, the nature of a motorcycle accident may often lead to more gruesome injuries and a much greater amount of pain suffered by the deceased prior to their passing.
Many of these things can be difficult to think about. However, they are integral parts of your motorcycle wrongful death claim. If your loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident that led to their death, it’s important that you gather all the facts regarding the accident itself. Otherwise minute details can swing the subjective valuation of a case in your favor.
Our Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help
It is nearly impossible, not to mention unethical, for any attorney to guarantee you any settlement amount in your wrongful death case. Each case is unique, and settlement value is determined according to many different factors. Minor distinctions in available evidence can be the difference in tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
While we can’t guarantee you a settlement amount, the nationwide wrongful death lawyers at Zinda Law Group are experienced in these types of cases and are capable of helping you seek the compensation you deserve to make sure that your loved ones are provided for.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our experienced motorcycle accident wrongful death lawyers.
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