Motorcycle Accidents and Your Legal Rights
Riding your motorcycle can be one of the most enjoyable and pleasant recreational activities. Unfortunately, the reality of being involved in a motorcycle accident is also at the forefront of many riders minds.
Motorcycle accidents on the roads and highways today are often caused not by the motorcyclist, but the dangerous and reckless driving of the vehicles sharing the roads with riders. Cars, trucks, commercial trucks, big rigs and 18-wheelers are often involved in some of the most horrendous and even fatal motorcycle accidents.
Most accidents involving cars or trucks with motorcycles are due to the inattention, recklessness or complete disregard for the motorcycle riders on the road. Drivers fail to look for motorcyclist and by the time they realize it is too late.
As a personal injury attorney, some of the most horrific and devastating injuries I've seen are a result of motorcycle accidents. This is because lack of protection the rider has between him or herself with other cars, the pavement and other surroundings. Of those injured in motorcycle accidents often suffer broken bones, amputations, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, brain damage or even death. Some require years of ongoing treatment and therapy, while other require surgery and continued medical care and attention.
If you or a loved on has been involved in a motorcycle accident, here is some important information you should know:
- If the accident just occurred, seek immediate medical attention. If possible, call the police and take the names of the officers who arrived on the scene. Exchange insurance information with the other party involved in the accident and get the traffic collision report number from the police officer. If there are any witnesses, make sure to get their names and phone numbers.
- Do not accept blame for the accident or speak with the insurance adjuster regarding your claim without first speaking with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. There are instances where you may think that you caused the accident, but in fact, the law states otherwise. It is important not to accept blame for the accident or give a recorded statement with the insurance adjusters regarding your accident unless you have already spoken with an experienced motorcycle lawyer regarding your accident.
- Keep a timeline of all events that happened prior to the accident, when the accident occurred and after the accident. Who you spoke with, which hospital you were taken to, the doctor who treated you and any insurance adjusters who you spoke with. Keep all receipts and any documentation regarding your accident.
- Chances are that you have been seriously injured in your motorcycle accident. It is important to make sure that you visit with your primary care physician or a physician outside of the emergency room for further treatment, examinations and care. You may need to consult with an orthopedic regarding your injuries or need physical therapy for your recovery. If you do not have health insurance, our law firm routinely works with doctors across the state and can help you seek the proper medical attention for your injuries.
- Speak with an experienced motorcycle accident law firm that can aggressively pursue your case and seek the maximum compensation allowable by law for your injuries. You may have unpaid medical bills, and your motorcycle maybe totaled or damaged. You may have serious injuries and need an experienced law firm to properly and effectively handle your case.
If you or a loved on has been involved in a motorcycle accident, call now for a free consultation of your case by one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers.
Slaughter & Slaughter is based out of Southern California and has recovered millions for their clients. For more information on motorcycle accidents
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