Motorcycle accident cases are some of the most complex personal injury cases out there. It takes real experts to win these cases, people who have engaged with the unique challenges they present.
The team at Merchant Law has decades of experience helping riders just like you. We’ll help you get the settlement money you need to pay for your medical bills, long term care, lost wages, and lost earning capacity.
Why should I get a lawyer for my motorcycle accident case?
If you don’t get a lawyer you are 40% less likely to collect any money at all. This is especially true in a motorcycle case.
Insurance companies tend to be a lot less willing to pay out on motorcycle cases. The injuries are usually far more extensive than they are in car accident cases, and there’s a stigma against riders. The result? They fight twice as hard to increase your percentage of liability.
Alberta is a comparative negligence province. This means that your award is reduced by the percentage of liability assigned to you. Some juries believe that riders are reckless just because they ride. Without a lawyer who can paint a vivid picture of the other driver’s conduct it can be impossible to get what you need.
How long does it take to resolve a motorcycle accident case?
You should expect your case to take anywhere from 12 to 24 months. These cases do not move quickly. This is especially true if your lawyer is unable to settle with the defendant and the matter moves to trial.
Fortunately, having a lawyer on your side helps with more than collecting funds. If you have medical creditors calling you day and night then you can refer them to your lawyer, who can let them know their payment is waiting on a settlement. They can put in paperwork that ensures the creditor gets paid out of said settlement, which ends their need to harass you for money.
How much is my motorcycle accident claim worth?
No two claims are alike. Claims cover your medical bills, ongoing care bills, and bills for any domestic services you need to retain while you’re recovering. They also cover lost wages and lost earning capacity. These claims will be available up to the amount you actually spent.
There are also non-economic pain and suffering damages. In Alberta this amount is capped at $370,000. It’s difficult to predict what your pain and suffering award might look like without knowing the facts of your case.
Finally, in some cases there will be a chance to collect punitive damages. This happens when the other driver did something worthy of punishment, like texting while driving or driving under the influence. Punitive damages are rare, but might be a factor in your case.
Why Merchant Law?
Our team of lawyers has handled hundreds of motorcycle accident cases. Experience matters: there’s nothing insurance companies can throw at us that we haven’t seen before. When you work with us, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will be taken care of.
Call (403) 237-7777 to schedule your free consultation. Our team is standing by 24/7/365 to make sure you get the help you need.