What Kinds of Damages Can I Include in My Motorcycle Wreck Claim?

June 12, 2023
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If you have been injured in a motorcycle collision in South Carolina due to someone else's negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. Securing a payout won’t erase what happened, but it could help alleviate the financial strain and provide a sense of justice.

Let’s take a look at the various types of damages that can be included in your motorcycle accident claim.

1. Economic Damages

Economic damages refer to the financial losses you have incurred as a result of the motorcycle accident. These damages are tangible and can be calculated based on actual monetary expenses. Examples of economic damages include:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes the cost of emergency medical treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, and future medical expenses related to your injuries.
  • Lost Income: If your injuries have caused you to miss work or have affected your earning capacity, you can seek compensation for the wages or income you have lost. This includes future income or earning potential that has been diminished due to your injuries.
  • Property Damage: If your motorcycle was destroyed in the crash, you can pursue funds for the replacement cost of your motorcycle and also personal possessions or property on your person or inside the motorcycle.

2. Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are more subjective and cover the physical and emotional impact of the accident. These damages aim to compensate for the pain, suffering, and diminished quality of life caused by the injuries. Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and Suffering: This includes physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, and the overall suffering experienced as a result of the accident and your injuries.
  • Emotional Distress: Motorcycle wrecks can have a significant emotional impact, leading to anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or other psychological conditions. Compensation can be sought for the emotional distress caused by the accident.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: If your injuries have limited your ability to engage in activities you once enjoyed or have negatively impacted your overall quality of life, you can seek compensation for the loss of enjoyment and the resulting emotional impact.

3. Punitive Damages

In certain cases where the at-fault party's actions were particularly egregious, you may be eligible to seek punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish the responsible party and deter similar behavior in the future. However, punitive damages are awarded in limited circumstances and require a higher burden of proof to establish willful or reckless conduct.

4. Wrongful Death Damages

If the motorcycle wreck resulted in the death of a loved one, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death damages can include funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and other losses suffered by the surviving family members.

Call 864-585-3873 to Discuss Your Case with a South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If your life was turned upside-down by a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial hardships you have endured as a result. For help seeking it, turn to Hodge & Langley Law Firm.

We provide compassionate counsel and aggressive representation to injured parties who have been wronged by others. Call 864-585-3873 or complete our Contact Form to schedule a free case review with a motorcycle accident lawyer in South Carolina.



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