As freeing, efficient, and enjoyable as riding a motorcycle may be, its
dangers cannot be ignored. Due to the exposed nature of motorcyclists
and their vast size and weight disadvantage when compared to other vehicles
on the roads,
motorcycle accidents can cause riders to suffer
catastrophic injuries and endure a lifetime of debilitation and costly medical treatments. Unfortunately,
injured riders often encounter great difficulty during their pursuit of
compensation due to the complexity of motorcycle accident claims and disputes
between insurance companies over fault for the accident. For this reason,
it is vital that motorcycle accident victims be aware of their rights
and take proactive steps to protect them.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the following
tips can help you strengthen your subsequent
personal injury claim:
See a doctor immediately: While many motorcycle accident victims are injured so severely that emergency
medical transport is required, others may have less-serious injuries or
feel more or less fine after their accident. Even if you believe you are
not hurt, seek a full medical evaluation immediately. Due to the adrenaline
rush your body can experience following a traumatic event, it is possible
that you have sustained critical damage and may not feel any symptoms
until days or even weeks later. Seeking medical help will not only ensure
your injuries are identified and treated, but it will also establish a
causal link between the accident and your injuries. Be sure to adhere
to all medical treatments as prescribed and stay in the hospital as long
as recommended by your doctor.
Contact the police: Even if you think your accident is not serious, get the police involved
anyway to ensure your accident is documented. The police will record all
material facts of the collision as well as any potential implications
of fault in their report.
Do not fix your bike: Your damaged bike is a considerable piece of evidence to your claim,
as it shows the severity of your collision and may be necessary for accident
reconstruction purposes. Forego having your bike repaired until your attorney
gives you the go-ahead.
Document everything: The more evidence you have regarding your accident and damages, the better
your chances will be of securing a fair settlement. If you can, take photographs
of all damage, weather conditions, road signs, and your injuries before
and after treatment. Likewise, keep track of all expenses related to your
accident, including lost wages, property damage, and medical bills.
Stay away from social media: Do not talk about your accident on social media or any part of the internet.
Since insurance companies are sure to be on the lookout for any information
that contradicts your statements, avoid posting anything that may be misinterpreted
as evidence that your injuries are not what they seem.
Contact an attorney: By far the most important step to maximizing your potential compensation
is to retain the services of a powerful lawyer. Your attorney will be
able to prepare legal documents, handle negotiations with insurance companies,
attend legal proceedings, and enlist the help of other professionals to
substantiate your claim. In many cases, motorcycle accident victims who
retain legal help are able to secure settlements that are multiple times
greater than what they would have been able to recover on their own.
Trust in a Firm with 150+ Years of Trial-Tested Experience
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your
own, our passionate Kingston motorcycle accident attorneys at Mainetti,
Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. can provide the strong legal guidance
you need to get back on your feet as smoothly as possible. Do not hesitate
to find out what our award-winning team of advocates can do for you – call
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