Because of the limited protection a motorcycle offers during a collision, accidents can cause very serious injury. Protective motorcycle gear such as jackets, gloves, pants, boots, goggles/helmet visor, vests, earplugs and helmets offer some protection, but it is not always enough.
Motorcyclists will encounter other drivers on the road, some of whom do not “share the road” or stay alert for motorcycles.
Even careful drivers who are familiar with counter-steering and other accident maneuvering can have accidents that result in head injuries, soft tissue injuries, broken bones, nerve damage, disfigurement, paralysis, permanent disability, and even death.
Motorcycle accidents can change your life. In a matter of minutes you can go from cruising down the road to being seriously injured. This can result in very high medical expenses, loss of wages, and other damages.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you have a better chance of receiving full/maximum compensation if you have an attorney assisting you.
What to Do When You Are in a Motorcycle Accident?
When possible here are guidelines for what to do at the scene:
- Remain at the scene of the accident.
- Call the police immediately or have someone call the police for you.
- Do not admit fault.
- Seek immediate medical attention, even if you think you are not injured. It is likely you may have injuries that will come to light later.
- Get the license number, personal and insurance details, and name of the other driver involved.
- Ask for the details and contact information of any witnesses present at the accident scene.
- Seek legal assistance as soon as possible. There are legal deadlines in your case that must be met.
What About Injuries That You Don’t Feel Right Away?
Many people involved in accidents experience severe shock immediate after the collision, so injuries may not be immediately apparent. You should not let this stop you from getting medical attention immediately. If symptoms arise sometime after the accident you may still be entitled to compensation and should seek medical treatment.
Should I Deal With the Insurance Company on My Own?
This is a simple NO. It is always worth your while to at least speak to an attorney about your case before you work with the insurance company.