Our motorcycle accident attorneys understand that in a motorcycle accident case, there is often more than one party who is responsible. Sometimes the injured person is partially to blame. All drivers have a responsibility to comply with the rules of the road, and must comply with the rule of “ordinary care.” If more than one person is negligent in causing a motorcycle accident, a jury is asked to compare the negligence of everyone responsible for causing the accident.
If a person suffers injury in a motorcycle accident as a result of the negligence of an auto or truck driver, he or she is entitled to make a claim for damages. The categories of damages include wage or earnings losses, medical, hospital and related expenses, and pain, suffering and disability. A spouse, child or parent of an injured person may have what is called a ”derivative claim,” sometimes known as a loss of consortium claim, or even a claim for their emotional distress if they witnessed the event. A motorcycle accident lawyer with Murphy & Prachthauser will explain that these claims are highly fact dependent, and you should consult an experienced attorney for more details. Our motorcycle accident attorneys understand that if aggravating circumstances exist on liability, for example, if the other driver was intoxicated, there may be a punitive damage claim. The law is developing in this area, but texting while driving may be another area for damages which are designed to punish the offender: punitive damages.