If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation to help you cover expenses related to pain and suffering or medical bills.
If you ride a motorcycle, you might not consider the impact an accident can have on your life. Even a small accident can lead to months of recuperation or physical therapy.
What Happens When You Crash?
Motorcycle accidents are likely to be fatal, especially if they involve a collision with another vehicle. When you crash a motorcycle, the items you’re wearing, as well as the location, can have a major impact on what happens to you. Wearing the correct gear can help protect your body from scrapes, cuts, bruising, and more from impact, but only if you wear it. Wearing a helmet is incredibly important to staying safe. But, even if you do all of these things, you might still be injured or even killed in an accident.
Some injuries you may suffer include:
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractures or broken bones
- A concussion or brain damage
Stay smart when you drive; if you’re tired, cold, too hot, or hungry, take a break. You need to be concentrating on the road, not on distractions. If all these things are done and you drive safely, your chances of injury will drastically reduce. But, crashes do happen.
When a motorcycle is involved in an accident, you may be thrown, shoved against walls or pavement, dragged, or injured in other ways. This can break bones, tear ligaments and muscle, give concussions, or be the cause of a fatal motorcycle accident. If you see the crash happening, you might tense up. This can make injuries even more severe than if you’re relaxed when it happens. Either way, the impact from another vehicle can be very serious, and you should know a few things that you’ll need to do at the scene, provided that you are aware after the accident.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, call us today. We can help you understand your legal rights and if you’re able to receive compensation for your injuries or pain and suffering.
What Do I Do in a Crash Situation?
First, call the police. It’s important to get the situation documented soon after it occurs. If you’re injured or the other party is injured, you’ll also be able to request medical attention at this time. Despite the emotions involved in a vehicular accident, the health and safety of everyone there is the most important thing to be concerned about at the time.
After this is taken care of, make sure you identify the witnesses who can tell the police what happened. If anyone admits fault, it should be documented by police at the time of the crash. If you have injuries, be sure to have a hospital or doctor document them as well. Make sure someone is able to stand up for you at the scene if you’re unable to remain there.
Finally, call us. We can help you work out your legal rights and whether you’re entitled to compensation.
Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
Most accidents are caused by drivers who are negligent, although some may be caused by motorcyclists. Like any vehicular accident, a motorcycle accident can happen for many reasons. You might be too tired and swerve into traffic; a driver may lose control based on a mechanical accident or distractions. However, many accidents happen because the driver simply doesn’t see the motorcyclist coming until it was too late to stop. A motorcyclist can help protect himself by wearing brightly-colored gear, but this isn’t always 100-percent foolproof. According to a study, motorcycle accidents occur most often when you’re trying to pass in a blind spot or in the 10, 11, 12, 1, or 2 o’ clock area surrounding a vehicle. These are the most difficult areas for a driver to see you.
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, stay calm. Once you’re taken care of by a medical team and police, contact us so we can help. We can help you determine your legal right to compensation in any kind of motorcycle accident, whether it is a small impact or one that has left you severely injured. Families of those who have suffered from a wrongful death may also have legal rights to compensation.
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