Most motorcyclists are careful riders. They understand that getting in a motorcycle accident is more likely to result in death or serious injuries than other kinds of accidents – even if motorcycle crashes are not more common.
Unfortunately, many insurance companies try to use popular stereotypes about motorcyclists to shift the blame to the biker. At the Sloan Firm, we don’t let them get away with it.
If you or someone you love was recently involved in a motorcycle accident, we are here for you. You may be asking questions like:
How can I afford medical care?
How can I support my family while I’m out of work during recovery?
Will I have to pay out of pocket for accident expenses?
We are here to answer your questions and provide you with the help you need after a motorcycle accident. At Sloan, Hatcher, Perry, Runge, Robertson and Smith Law Firm, our clients come first. When you contact our firm, your concerns become our concerns. We encourage you to contact us to receive a free assessment of your motorcycle accident case.
Motorcyclists know that one of the most basic difficulties with riding a motorcycle is making sure that other motorists see you. Drivers of other vehicles often look out for cars and trucks but do not take the time and effort to notice motorcycles. Being aware of the common ways motorcyclists can get into accidents may help motorcyclists and other vehicle drivers avoid those types of situations.
Some of the most common factors in motorcycle accidents include:
Driving between lanes (lane splitting)
Vehicles making left-hand turns
Road hazards and obstacles
Head-on collisions are the most common type of motorcycle incidents, accounting for around 56 percent of deaths in motorcycle crashes.
Though head-on collisions are often fatal especially when the rider is not wearing a helmet, the most dangerous situation for motorcycles is when a vehicle makes a left turn in front of them. Because of the size of the motorcycle, other drivers may not notice them as they make a left turn.
Motorcycle accidents are also common when road conditions are subpar. That includes rainy weather which leads to slippery oil puddles for motorcycles and road obstacles such as debris, potholes, gaps or road kill.
Types of Compensation Available for Victims of Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcycle accident injuries can have a lasting impact, not only on the victim, but also on his or her family. The costs for both short-term and long-term medical care may be huge. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you may no longer be able to work, may need help with simple, everyday tasks, may suffer from long-term pain or disfigurement, or have difficulty focusing.
You may be entitled to seek compensation for the expenses related to a motorcycle crash. The type of compensation available depends on the type of your injury and how bad it is. It may include:
After a motorcycle accident, the most important thing to do first is to get to safety. If your injuries are minor, move your motorcycle to the shoulder or to a location that is not in direct traffic. If the accident is more serious or your bike cannot be moved, call 911, put on your hazard lights and divert traffic around your vehicle until the police or emergency services arrive.
It is advisable to seek medical attention even if you are able to walk away from the accident. Some serious injuries are not immediately noticeable. You may suffer from internal bleeding, a brain injury or a spinal injury, for example, but not realize it until later. Make sure to be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible after the accident.
The time immediately following a motorcycle crash is crucial. After calling emergency services and obtaining medical attention, you should remember two things:
Do not provide a verbal or written statement to any insurance company.
Do not admit fault, even if you believe you were at fault.
At the time of the accident, you may not be aware of the whole picture as far as contributing factors go. The most important thing is to collect what information you can and let the professionals do their jobs. If the insurance company for the other party to the accident asks for a written or recorded statement, politely refuse. If your own insurance asks for a statement, come see us for a free consultation before providing them with a statement.
After the accident, try to document as much as you can either at the scene of the accident, or whenever you are able to return or make a note of the sequence of events. Try to do the following:
Get information from the other driver. Ask to see their driver’s license and insurance card. Write down their name, phone number, and the make, model, color and license plate number of the vehicle.
Get witness information. If there were any witnesses at the scene of the accident, get their contact info. Eyewitness testimony can be very important in establishing the facts of the accident.
Take pictures of the vehicles and scene of the accident. Many people have cameras on their phones now, but if you don’t, carry a small camera in case of an accident.
Report the accident to your insurance company. Do not delay reporting an accident to your insurance company, and be careful in deciding to pay for the accident damage yourself. The costs may end up being significantly more than they appear at the scene of the accident.
File an accident report if the police did not. If the accident caused obvious property damage or resulted in injuries, the police will come to the scene and file a report. If it was a minor fender bender, however, the police may not come out. If no accident report is filed at the scene, you can go to your local police station to file an accident report or perhaps even file online. An accident report will make things easier with your insurance when filing a motorcycle accident claim.
Hire a motorcycle injury attorney. Soon after the accident, talk to an attorney to help with your case. If you wait too long after the accident, you might lose your witnesses or evidence. Your attorney can handle all communications with insurance companies for you.
Why You Should Choose the Sloan Firm for Your Motorcycle Crash Case
Our firm has one goal with each case we handle: to providecompassionate, effective service that helps our clients achieve their goals. We are committed to helping motorcycle accident victims and their families get their lives back. Motorcycle accidents can result in severe and even lifelong damage. Make sure you entrust your case to a motorcycle injury attorney who cares about your recovery.
We understand that if you were injured in an accident due to another driver’s negligence, you should be compensated for your injuries and damages. This is why it is even more important than ever that you seek counsel from a knowledgeable lawyer at our firm, so that we can help you protect your rights and interests. We understand how expensive medical bills and car repair bills can be. Our objective is to provide you with the aggressive legal representation you need.
Contact us today for a no-cost, risk-free consultation about your case, so our motorcycle accident lawyers can help you on your path to complete recovery.