Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcyclists face a myriad of dangers when on the road – drivers often do not see them, potholes can send motorcyclists flying and a simple unexpected swerve can lead to a major accident. The truth is, motorcyclists are more likely to get hurt in an accident, but most of those accidents are not the rider’s fault.
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Serious Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are vigilant about their safety, but they fall victim to:
- Driver inattention
- Road damage
- Unexpected traffic changes
- Motorcyclist inexperience
- Machinery malfunction
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are at more risk for injury because of the exposure to the elements and lack of safety features when accidents occur. Even in the best cases, the result can be devastating, requiring multiple reconstructive surgeries, months of rehabilitation and physical therapy and lifelong medical care. In the worst case, your loved one may die or never be able to live independently again.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence on the road. Whether you are cruising along Interstate 581 or riding through the streets of Roanoke or Salem, the risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident is ever present. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you may be feeling shocked and unsure of what to do next. While a personal injury lawyer can assist you in your case, there are steps you can take immediately after the accident to protect yourself and your future case.
What Should I Do First After A Motorcycle Accident?
Your safety and health should be your first priority after a motorcycle accident. Check yourself for injuries and if you are able, assist any other injured parties. If necessary, call 911 and request emergency medical assistance.
It is also important to contact law enforcement as soon as possible. A police report will document the accident and will be helpful for your future case. Even if there are no injuries, it is still recommended to call the police.
What Else Can I Do After A Motorcycle Accident?
If you are able, take pictures of yourself and your motorcycle to document the damage. It is also important to notify your insurance company of the accident, even if you were not at fault. Your insurance company can provide guidance on towing and storage of your motorcycle.
If the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, you may need to rely on your own insurance policy. Contact your insurance provider to ensure that you have the proper coverage.
What Will The Police Do At The Accident Scene?
The police will investigate the accident and file a police report. The report will include information such as the names of the drivers and witnesses, insurance information, traffic violations, and a description of the accident. In personal injury cases, the police report will be a valuable piece of evidence for your case.
It is important to obtain a copy of the police report if possible. If you are unable to do so, a personal injury lawyer can obtain a copy for you using a Freedom of Information Act or FOIA request.
Why Should You Hire A Lawyer After A Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may try to settle with you early. However, it is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer before accepting any offers.
A personal injury lawyer can help ensure that you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to. They can also assist you in navigating the complexities of insurance claims and legal proceedings.
Consulting with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident is often the key to protecting your rights and obtaining the compensation you deserve.
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Fishwick & Associates PLC‘s attorneys are known across the state and nationwide for their commitment to justice. We believe accident victims deserve help, and we do not stop fighting on your behalf, even if it requires trial. Get the financial support you deserve. Call us at 540-643-9772.