After taking one look at a motorcycle it is easy to see what makes them one of the more dangerous modes of transportation. As opposed to a car or a truck, motorcycles do not come equipped with airbags, seat belts or any enclosure separating the rider from the environment.
Riding a motorcycle is definitely an experience unmatched, but with that comes the clear dangers of riding without the safety features of a car or truck.
In the event of a motorcycle accident (and more often than not) motorcyclists end up severely injured. Motorcycle accident injuries can range from road rash, which is not as passive as people think, to severe injuries like broken bones or traumatic brain injury.
On top of the physical injuries and recovery, other outcomes of a motorcycle crash involve insurance claims, figuring out who is at fault, trying to get compensated and trying to get your life back on track.
In order to make sure you put yourself in the best position to maximize your recovery from a motorcycle accident, there are some steps you should take in the events following the incident.
- If you’re lucky enough to walk away from a motorcycle crash, you should still seek medical treatment. You should, as quickly as possible, get a doctor to look at your injuries and treat them accordingly. Also, make sure to follow through on any additional medical instructions. Taking these steps and being a model patient can help in the long run when you seek compensation later on down the road.
- You will naturally contact your insurance company about the incident but keep in mind it is in your best interest to be wary of the insurance adjuster assigned to your accident. The adjuster’s job is to make the claim go away with as little cost to the insurance company as possible, which can mean less money for your in terms of compensation.
- Be sure to document everything involving the incident. Outside of taking photos of the actual accident, you should keep track of things like medical records and time off from work. These help prove just how much the accident affected your day-to-day life.
- Always be honest when discussing anything having to do with the accident. Even though most motorcycle accident injury claims get settled out of court, you want to be prepared if you end up going to court. Being honest about your injuries and the impact on your life will be important to your credibility, especially when it comes to a jury.
- Regardless of the level of the injury, it is important for you to get an experienced attorney who is well versed in motorcycle accident cases. They will take care of the legal related matters so you can concentrate on physical therapy and recovery.
At the end of the day, following the aforementioned tips can make all the difference between you getting compensated accordingly and you getting nothing at all. The attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A., have more than 35 years of experience when it comes to representing injured motorcyclists.
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