Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who is responsible to pay compensation when a driver and/or owner is at fault?
A. The driver and/or the owner, of the car or truck are liable for compensation to the motorcyclist and
motorcycle passenger. If the motorcyclist is at fault for the accident, he or she cannot sue for
compensation. However, if the motorcyclist was carrying a passenger at the time of the at-fault accident
and the passenger suffers injuries, the passenger can file a lawsuit against the motorcycle operator to
Q. What does it mean to receive compensatory damages?
A. This means that the injured party is compensated for loss or damage.
Q. What does it mean to receive punitive damages?
A. This is an award of damages that is used in some cases to penalize or make an example of the defendant
in the case. This type of damage is only recovered in certain cases, usually when the defendant has acted in
a reckless manner or with disrespect for the rights of others. This type of award is unusual and many times
appellate courts will either reduce the amount of the punitive damages or dismiss them completely.
However, the risk of this type of award will often make the defense offer a larger settlement.
Q: What is comparative negligence?
A: Under the doctrine of comparative negligence, a party who is partially at fault for his or her own injuries
can still recover for those injuries from another party whose negligence also contributed to the injuries.
Basically, the fault of every party involved is compared. The amount of compensation awarded to an
injured person will be reduced by his or her share, or percentage, of the total fault.
Q. How much is a motorcycle accident lawsuit worth?
A. The value of each motorcycle accident lawsuit will vary. There are many factors in a motorcycle accident
that need to be considered when determining compensation such as medical expenses, injuries sustained,
loss of work, property damage, and possibly future medical expenses.
Q. When should an injured motorcyclist seek legal advice?
A. After being involved in a motorcycle accident an injured person or their family should seek immediate
legal advice from an attorney specializing in motorcycle accident lawsuits.
Q. Is compensation automatic?
A. The types of compensation listed above are not automatically awarded in every case. It is up to you to
prove what expenses you have incurred, or will incur in the future, and how much those expenses were or
Q. How long will my case take?
A: The length of time a case takes depends on a number of factors. A complex case, with several different
parties, all with different claims, can take longer to resolve than a relatively simple case, involving one
injured party and one party who caused the injury. Many straightforward cases are resolved in four to
eight months. It is possible, but unusual for a case to take much more than one and a half years to resolve.
Our Expertise and Experience:
For over 25 years the motorcycle lawyers at The Law Office of Waverly R. Nolley & Associates, have
successfully represented injured motorcycle riders with outstanding reults. Motorcycle ccident law is a
very specialized area of law that requires the experience and expertise of a motorcycle lawyer, with a
proven track record.
We are very aware of the great bodily harm a motorcycle accident can cause, and our lawyers and legal
staff will do everything possible to get you through the physical, financial, and emotional challenges of
Contact Us Now:
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