Motorcycle Accident? What’s Next?
Get Medical Treatment:
First things first, you need to contact the authorities and make sure everyone is safe and uninjured. If you can, try to move your motorcycle off the road and out of the way. If any injuries require consistent treatments in the future, make sure to keep track of all of your medical providers and all information on your treatments.
Take Pictures and Notes:
Document your injuries, the damage to vehicles and all property involved in the accident. Do not sign any documents until you have consulted with an attorney. Signing statements can affect your legal rights and can result in inadvertent admissions of fault or liability.
Gather Contact Information:
A police report would have a lot of the pertinent information about the accident, but in California a police report is not required unless the accident resulted in injury or death. Therefore, whether there is a police report or not it is recommended to gather the following information from all parties involved.
1. Full Name
3. Residence and business phone numbers
4. Drivers license number and State
5. Insurance company and policy number
6. Make, Model, and License plate number
7. Witness or Passenger names, and phone numbers
Document How Your Injuries Affect You:
Include how it has impacted your daily life, missed work days, and other activities.
Use Caution Discussing the Accident:
Do not admit fault and only talk to the police, your attorney, and your own insurance agent. Do not talk to the other party’s insurance agent before consulting with an attorney at Smith Trial Group.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Attorney:
The personal injury attorneys at Smith Trial Group handle all types of motorcycle and auto accident cases and can represent you and your loved ones and help you to be “made whole” again after any type of injury from an accident. Contact Us at 855-202-2232 anytime.
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What Causes Motorcycle Accidents
The number 1 reason that motorcyclists get into accidents is because they are NOT SEEN by other drivers. You can wear a bright jacket or have your headlight turned on but to make sure you avoid any accidents you will need to just be more aware of the cars around you and use all precautions possible. Some other causes of accidents to be aware of are as follows:
Driving Under the Influence:
Stats from the Insurance Information Institute shows that 29% of fatal motorcycle crashes from 2009-2018 involved an alcohol blood level over the legal limit.
Whether it is Semi Truck tires that have blown, something falling off of a trailer, or just a rock flying towards you, debris on the road can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists and are the cause of quite a few accidents every year.
There is a dilema amongst everyday drivers on the road where they are easily distracted by texting, eating, talking or just cell phone use in general. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to those who are driving distracted.
This Lane Splitting bill was passed in 2016 so that a motorcycle can split the lane between cars stopped or slowly moving as long as there are two or more lanes on that same side of the road. This can be dangerous for motorcyclists if cars are not aware of them and pinch the lane or if they swerve without notice, or change lanes without notice. Here are some tips on how to safely lane split from the California Highway Patrol.
Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcycle accident can be incredibly dangerous especially if you are not wearing a helmet. The CDC shows that helmets save lives, lots of lives. In 2016, over 1800 peoples lives were saved by wearing a helmet while driving a motorcycle. It shows that simply wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury by approximately 70%!
Even though a helmet reduces your risk of injury you can still suffer significant head trauma from an accident. The injury may be only a minor bump on the skull or a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. This is a serious brain injury that affects how the brain works usually caused by a blow or puncture to the head.
Spinal Cord Trauma:
A traumatic injury leading to damage to the spinal cord, resulting in temporary or permanent change to neurological function, including paralysis.
Any broken bone or fracture ranging from a finger to a fractured pelvis. Broken bones are common in motorcycle accidents.
A type of friction burn or skin abrasion that occurs when you scrape your skin against something rough like the asphalt road. If you lay down the bike at any speed it is easy to suffer road rash if you are not wearing enough protective clothing.
How Compensation is Calculated
Within a personal injury motorcycle accident claim there are multiple aspects of the incident that can be combined to obtain maximum compensation on your claim.
- Medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost income if you are not able to work
- Cost of rehabilitative therapy
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Earning capacity lost
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent injuries and disabilities
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Emotional distress