According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists die each year in traffic accidents, and another 200,000 are injured. However, only a small fraction of these victims get the justice and injury compensation they and their families deserve.
Why Don't More Motorcycle Accident Victims File Claims for Their Injuries?
It's an unfortunate fact that many motorcycle accident victims aren't sure of their rights. Popular assumption is that if they're in an accident, it was probably their own fault. They're not sure if they have a basis for a claim, and they're not sure where to turn if they do.
Motorcyclists are inherently at more risk than drivers of cars, and therefore require additional safety measures. Unfortunately, these “required” precautions tend to work against motorcyclists when it comes to accidents.
Factors Leading to a Motorcycle Collision Claim
A common assumption is that when a motorcycle accident occurs, the fault lies with the motorcyclist because he obviously wasn't taking the necessary precautions or maneuvering properly to avoid a collision. This assumption is completely false. Just because an accident occurs, doesn't necessarily mean that the biker was at fault. Unfortunately, this fact doesn't keep him from suffering the majority of the injuries.
This is why it is important to not only know your rights as a motorcyclist, but also know when you need the help of an experienced lawyer.
After a Crash, You'll Know You'll Need a Good Lawyer If:
- You were severely injured. If the accident caused a clear and decisive injury that required or requires medical care, call an attorney.
- You were riding your motorcycle safely. If you were “goofing-off,” or blatantly mishandling your bike, you may not be eligible for injury compensation. However, if you were taking precautions and handling the bike properly during the time of the accident, you may be eligible for damages.
- The accident was caused by someone else. If someone else's neglect, reckless behavior, or error in judgment directly led to the accident and your injuries, you're eligible for damages.
- You immediately sought medical attention after your accident. A good injury claim needs evidence of injury and cause. This is why seeing a doctor following a collision isn't only important for your health, but making sure you have hospital records dated no more than three days after the crash can help verify the effects of the collision for your claim.
- Your injuries have caused lost wages. Collision injuries can be expensive and recovery can cause you to be unable to work and support your family. In these cases, you deserve compensation for your medical expenses and for the wages your injuries cost you.
Justice For Injured Motorcyclists When It's Needed Most
Are you a motorcyclist who has been injured by the carelessness of another driver? Let us help answer your concerns, as well as hear more about your opinions on motorcycle accidents and etiquette by leaving your thoughts and questions in the comment section provided.
If you need help with your injury claim, contact us today. We'll determine whether your injuries warrant compensation. We'll then fight to make sure you get the justice you deserve. The consultation is free, but the advice, guidance, and support you'll receive could prove invaluable.