Motorcycle accident tips and steps to take
Motorcycle accidents can cause severe physical and emotional injuries and financial distress due to medical costs, lost wages, property damage and more. Attorneys with Mann, Wyatt & Rice are dedicated to helping those who have been injured in a motorcycle accident pursue fair compensation to help cover those expenses along with the cost of pain and suffering and emotional trauma.
If you or a loved one are a victim of a recent motorcycle accident, we are here to help!
First, the facts:
– Motorcycle accidents are 60% more likely to lead to serious injuries or fatalities than other auto accidents.
– Helmets are legally required to be worn for those 18 years and younger in most states, and STRONGLY encouraged to be worn by all other drivers in the U.S. (laws vary state to state regarding helmet use).
– Because of the instability and lack of protection offered to motorcycle drivers, stationary objects and those not following basic traffic laws may cause an extremely hazardous driving environment for motorcyclists.
– The risk of suffering permanent and even debilitating injuries while driving a motorcycle is much higher than when driving other automobiles. Injuries such as:
o Traumatic brain injury
o Spinal cord injury
o Bone fractures
o Bruises and Lacerations
– Compensation for motorcycle accidents usually includes medical bills, property damage and lost wages, but it takes legal negotiation and sometimes litigation for fair compensation, especially if the person who caused the accident does NOT have insurance.
– Personal injury attorneys work primarily on a contingency fee basis and will only be paid if you win your personal injury claim.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, there are important steps to take to assure you are properly taken care of physically, legally, and financially.
Helpful Tips & Steps:
– Statutes of limitations apply for all personal injury claims, which begins counting down at the time the injury occurs, so don’t wait.
– Get information from everyone involved in the motorcycle accident including names, driver’s license numbers, VIN, and insurance information.
– Take photographs of the motorcycle accident scene. Evidence can be crucial to making your case if the facts of the accident are disputed.
– Collect information from the police officer, including their name and their badge number.
– Seek medical care immediately after the accident, especially if you were not taken from the scene of the accident in an emergency vehicle.
– Contact YOUR insurance company about the accident, but do not talk to another insurance company without first contacting your accident attorney. An accident attorney is trained to answer questions from other insurance companies and is able to assist in protecting your rights.
– Do not accept any type of settlement offer without first understanding the long-term effects of the accident, especially your injuries. Your attorney will help in this.
– When negotiating with insurance companies you will need copies of traffic citations issued, medical records and bills, contact information for all witnesses involved, and documents related to lost work expenses – to start with.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident and you have not followed these steps and were unaware of the processes mentioned above, don’t worry! Click below to sign up for a free consultation with a Mann, Wyatt & Rice attorney.