No two motorcycle accidents are ever the same, which means no two motorcycle accident settlements can be identical. As a result, it is difficult to give an exact number as to how much a good settlement is. On average, motorcycle accident settlements are approximately $80,000.
Victims should keep in mind, however, that this is not the typical settlement, and the vast majority of claims settle for far lower. Insurance policies have limits, and auto insurance companies will typically not exceed them. For instance, if a policy has 50/100, coverage limits bodily injury compensation to $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident. If your damages exceed those numbers, you may have to look to other sources to obtain additional compensation.
How long an accident settlement will take varies case by case, but here are the best and worst-case scenarios:
Best-Case Scenario: 30 Days — Texas auto insurance companies attempt to resolve motorcycle accident claims within 30 days. The insurance adjuster will reach out to you and evaluate your claim, including investigating your crash and determining the amount of compensation they believe you should recover. They will offer you a settlement. If you believe the offer is fair and accept it, they will require a signed release of liability before cutting your check. Once that form is received, it will typically take a week or more for the check to be mailed to you or your attorney.
Worst-Case Scenario: Months to Years — if your injuries are severe, your attorney will advise you to hold off on settling until you recover or reach maximum medical improvement (MMI). On the other hand, if liability is disputed, the insurance company refuses to settle for a fair amount, or if multiple parties are involved, you may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. Complex cases, such as these, can take years to resolve.
Can You Sue For Pain and Suffering in Texas?
Yes, you can sue for pain and suffering in Texas. Pain and suffering is a catch-all term and legally known as general damages. They are not financial losses and include anything from emotional distress to physical pain. Permanent injuries, disabilities, and an inability to work are all losses that count under this category and increase the amount of compensation you are entitled to.
What is Considered a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
When someone acts negligently and harms you, such as a reckless driver, they have legal responsibility for your resulting injuries and losses. When another party is at fault for your motorcycle accident, you can seek compensation for damages through a personal injury case. These cases are handled in civil court, and both parties typically have attorneys to represent them.
Reach Out to Us Today
It can be frustrating to have to deal with someone else’s insurance company when you’re trying to recover from motorcycle accident injuries. With a Houston personal injury lawyer at your side, you can rest assured that your rights will be protected, and you will receive the compensation you deserve. Give Ramsey Law Group a call today at (888) 335-7477 for a free initial consultation.