Motorcycles are by nature very dangerous. Inexperience and simple mistakes can lead to catastrophic results. In addition, the average age of motorcycle riders is increasing. Ten years ago, the average age of a motorcycle rider was 40. As of 2010, the average age is 47. Also, the injuries sustained by older motorcycle riders tend to be more severe than injuries suffered by younger riders. Broken bones, road rash, back and head injuries can be quite serious. Injuries that heal faster for a younger rider may result in weeks and even months away from work for an older motorcycle rider.
Those who are injured in car or motorcycle accidents due to another party’s negligence may be entitled to seek recovery for financial losses such as medical bills and lost wages. Click here to read about making a claim to obtain medical bills in a motorcycle accident lawsuit in Pennsylvania.
Lost Wage Claims in a PA Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
Pennsylvania motorcycle accident law recognizes two kinds of lost wage claims: past lost wages and future lost wages or loss of earning capacity. Past lost wages can be calculated and proven with wage statements, pay stubs, employer statements, etc. Proving future lost wages will usually require a medical doctor’s opinion and report which explains that due to the motorcycle accident, the rider is unable to return to work or must work limited hours or limited job duties. A report from a forensic economist may also be necessary. Learn more about damages in a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident case.
How to Make a Claim for Lost Wages in a Motorcycle Accident Case
Most motorcycle insurance policies exclude any coverage for first party benefits, such as medical benefits and lost wage benefits. In other words, motorcycle insurance policies in Pennsylvania will usually not provide any coverage for medical benefits or lost wages. However, it is still important to check with your motorcycle insurance company to see if any lost wage benefits are available.
Assuming the other driver was at fault for the accident, the plaintiff in a motorcycle accident case can make a claim against the driver for past lost wages and future lost wages, if appropriate. This can be accomplished by filing a claim with the other driver’s car insurance company and/or filing a lawsuit against the driver.
For more information, contact a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer.
More Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Legal Articles:
- What to Expect in a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
- Investigating Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Cases for Liability Beyond the Other Driver
Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Law Firm
Schwartz & Blackman handles motorcycle accident cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area:
- PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia
- NJ: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Camden, Cherry Hill, New Jersey shore cities
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