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October 13, 2016

What is an average motorcycle accident settlement?

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, how much compensation could you receive?

According to research by Thomson Reuters, between 1999 - 2006, the average motorcycle accident settlement was $73,700. While this data is over ten years old, it is difficult to give an average figure for how much compensation you can receive for a motorcycle accident. Just like any accident, there are many factors to consider and they significantly affect the final figure you get.

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September 15, 2016

Key facts to check before starting your motorcycle accident claim

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Before starting your motorcycle accident claim, there are key facts you need to check.

Starting any type of personal injury claim requires you to get the right facts and figures. Otherwise any miscalculations or incorrect information can significantly reduce the amount of compensation you could win.  

Before approaching a motorcycle accident lawyer, these are the key facts you have to check.

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September 05, 2016

What to look for in a trusted motorcycle accident lawyer

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When you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you need a trusted lawyer to look after your case.

Unlike being in a car accident, being on a motorcycle in any kind of collision can cause serious life-changing injuries. While many bike riders enjoy the thrill of riding a motorbike, there are higher risks.

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June 01, 2016

How to Get Back on Your Motorcycle After an Accident

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An old biker adage says “There are two types of bikers. Those who have been down and those who are going down.” While certainly not everyone who rides a motorcycle will be involved in an accident, those who are can suffer much more than physical injury.

Most will agree that a motorcycle accident is an extremely traumatic experience—from the split second terrifying realization that a crash is imminent, to the falling or being thrown, then the trip to the emergency room.

A motorcyclist is tremendously vulnerable to injury when hit by an automobile, as there is no metal cage, glass, airbags and seat belts to protect the body. Motorcyclists who survive a collision with an automobile will almost always suffer grave injury, requiring a hospital stay and a lengthy physical rehabilitation process. A few lucky ones may walk away with a cast, stitches and/or bandages. Whatever your level of injury, you may have wounds that cannot be diagnosed or treated with an x-ray or a bandage.

PTSD Symptoms Following a Motorcycle Accident

Many people who are involved in a motorcycle accident find themselves suffering from symptoms of PTSD, in addition to dealing with the physical injuries. PTSD symptoms include:

  • Frequently reliving the motorcycle accident;
  • Recurring nightmares about the accident;
  • Images of the trauma which seem to haunt you wherever you go;
  • Avoidance of things, situations, people or places which remind you of the accident;
  • A feeling off numbness, and
  • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns.

It is estimated that as many as 8 percent of Americans will develop PTSD at some time during their life. PTSD following a motorcycle accident can occur soon after the accident, or can appear suddenly even six months after the accident.

Even when full-blown PTSD is not an issue for a motorcyclist who has been in an accident, there may still be a serious lack of confidence as far as getting back on a motorcycle. Some riders will get back on their bike, and, in time, their confidence level will return. Others may ride again, but never be the same. Some will never ride again.

Getting Back on Your Bike

The first time you get back on your motorcycle following a serious accident, you will feel strange, to say the least. Most bikers say getting back on sooner, rather than later, is best, as the longer you wait the harder it may be to ever ride again. This may mean you have to try taking short rides, even when it is very difficult, psychologically, to actually climb on the bike, start it up, and ride.

It is important to allow yourself a period of adjustment; don’t make the mistake of thinking you will immediately ride as before.

If the accident was in any way your own fault, then you may doubt your riding capabilities, making you overly cautious (Being cautious, in itself is not bad, however being overly cautious can actually end up causing an accident).

Try to be more alert, to practice before getting out on the road, and consider signing up for an advanced rider’s course. If you developed PTSD following your accident, and you don’t see how you will ever get back on your bike, consider breathing techniques, and possibly even hypnosis.

A good therapist can help you with relaxation techniques which can help calm your fears regarding getting back on your bike. If your motorcycle accident was due to the negligence of another, speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney could help change your future while protecting your rights.

Contact Our Jackson Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, or anywhere in the State of Mississippi, the best thing you can do is to contact an experienced Mississippi motorcycle accident attorney who will protect your rights and assist you in receiving a fair settlement for your injuries.

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March 12, 2016

The Deadliest Days of the Year for Car Drivers

The National Safety Council estimates that in 2015, more than 38,000 people were killed in car accidents across the United States. This was the deadliest year on American roads since 2007. While a car accident can occur at any time and on any day of the year, there are certain days that are deadlier than others for car drivers. These days see an increase in car accidents, largely because of drunk or intoxicated drivers mingling with increased traffic or young drivers. Some months are also deadlier than others – due to increased vacation traffic. So, what are the deadliest days of the year?

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July 09, 2015

JPD Motorcycle Cop Injured

Earlier this week, a motorcycle cop with the Jackson Police Department (JPD) was injured in a crash. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on I-220, near Watkins Drive. This one-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes sent the police officer to the hospital. Although very few details have been released, we do know that portions of I-220 were blocked as crews and first responders worked the scene. Apparently, the motorcycle officer was riding on uneven pavement at the time of the crash. Thankfully, he is expected to recover from his injuries.

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June 04, 2015

Motorcyclist Killed in Jackson Crash

On Thursday morning, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Jackson. According to WAPT News Channel 16, the wreck happened at the corner of Woodrow Wilson and Bailey Avenues. For currently unknown reasons, 22-year-old Torrance Jackson's motorcycle crashed into a Dodge Ram truck. Apparently, the truck was turning onto Woodrow Wilson Avenue at the time of the crash. Very few details have been released about this collision, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

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