There is no question that riding a motorbike is a fun activity. However, motorcycles are also associated with a much higher risk of injury. Even the safest motorcyclist who obeys all the traffic laws can be involved in an accident. The reason is that in many cases, it is the other drivers on the road who overlook motorcycles or are careless around them, thus causing accidents and injuries.
Unlike a car accident, determining the cause of a motorcycle accident is not always simple. If you were in a motorcycle accident, you should speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, here are some key challenges you may face when you file a claim:
Different from a car or truck
Even though motorcycles are powerful and can go at fast speeds, many accidents have nothing to do with speed. In many cases, the cause of the motorcycle accident is because the other road user(s) fail to see the motorcyclist or the road surface may be slippery/uneven. A motorcycle can easily be unbalanced with a slight touch from another car or even a pedestrian. At night it is difficult for the motorcyclist to know if the roads are slippery or if there are any potholes or oil spills. In some cases, loose pieces of gravel or small stones can easily cause a motorcycle to slip.
Always blame the motorcyclist
It is well known that many motorcyclists ride fast and unfortunately when accidents happen, the other party will either blame road conditions or argue that the motorcyclist was speeding, which resulted in the accident. While this may be true in some cases, it is not always the case, But since motorcyclists have a bad reputation, the first assumption is always that the accident was the motorcyclist’s fault.
The injuries are serious
The one fact about a motorcycle is that unlike a car, it offers no protection if there is an accident. And when a motorcycle accident occurs, the injuries are a lot more serious which makes it even more challenging for motorcycle accident victims to recover. Some of the very common injuries following a motorcycle accident include spinal injuries, brain trauma, facial injuries, fractures of the long bones, internal injuries, skin abrasions, and muscle damage. In addition, there is also psychological trauma which may present much later with a loss of memory, panic attacks, and anxiety.
When a motorcycle accident occurs, in many cases the rider is confused. Most just feel lucky that they are alive and forget about the cause of the accident. However, if the accident was the fault of someone else, it is vital to collect all the evidence if one is mentally alert. Obtain images of the accident, the location, names of witnesses, and road conditions. If you are injured, go and see a healthcare provider because if you refuse, you generally have no case. The more evidence you collect, the greater the chance of winning a lawsuit. Remember in many cases, a motorcycle accident is not the fault of the rider but other road users.
A motorcycle accident is not a trivial matter and can have lifelong repercussions. Many accident victims suffer serious, long-term injuries. They often incur high medical bills, require long-term hospitalization and expensive procedures. All this is something that is difficult to manage for an average, middle-income individual. That is why it is important to file a claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve. Don’t waste too much time and talk to a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible so that they can initiate the process and take control of the legal aspects of your situation.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as you are able as there is a statute of limitations on how long after you can file a claim. Call our motorcycle accident attorneys at Hare, Wynn, Newell and Newton LLP so that they can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
You have to understand that the other party will try to blame the accident on you. This usually happens in motorcycle accidents. But our motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help you get justice. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with our motorcycle accident lawyer.
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