motorcycle accident injuries

Being in a motorcycle accident is a terrible experience. You’re going to be shaken, scared, and shocked. At first, you might not know exactly what’s happened, and if you’re injured.  If you are involved in an accident, you should go to a doctor right away. Some bike accident injuries aren’t apparent at first but could become serious quickly.  If the accident wasn’t your fault, it may be possible for you to get financial compensation. While we can’t avoid accidents, we can limit the likelihood of being injured. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the most common motorcycle accident injuries, and what you can do to protect yourself from them. Traumatic Brain Injuries Traumatic brain injuries are caused when the brain experiences trauma. This can be a crushing blow, an impact, or penetration by a foreign object. Different types of traumatic brain injury include: Concussions. Contusions, a bruise on the brain which can bleed. Cerebral laceration, where the brain tissue is cut or torn. These injuries can be fatal. If they are survived, they can cause a host of different long-term effects, including difficulty talking, walking, and breathing. They can also alter the victim’s personality. How You Can Avoid Traumatic Brain Injuries TBIs are one of the most common motorcycle injuries, but they’re also one of the most easily avoided. Wearing a helmet helps to prevent injury and death, and helmets are thought to save thousands of lives per year. Broken Bones While broken arms and legs are usually quite obvious, some fractures may be difficult to detect. The symptoms of a fracture can include swelling, bruising, and being unable to bear weight on that area. Although most broken bones can heal naturally, you will need to go to the doctor, and some may require surgery to fix. How You Can Avoid Broken Bones Fractures can be made less likely by wearing full protective gear. This means wearing leathers that have pads for the knee and elbow joints. However, this is one of the more difficult injuries to avoid completely.  If you think you’ve broken a bone in a motorcycle accident, visit a doctor immediately. Road Rash Road rash is a horrendous motorcycle accident injury but one of the most common. This is deep skin abrasion, caused by sliding along a concrete or tarmac road at speed. In particularly bad cases, such as when the person is shirtless and traveling at speed, the skin can be rubbed down to the nerves, causing serious damage. Road rash can, depending on severity, cause serious consequences. The large area of the wound can lead to infection, scar tissue formation, and serious damage to the affected area.  How to Avoid Road Rash Road rash can be avoided by wearing heavy leathers while riding your motorbike. Always wear thick leathers that cover your entire body, with pads for the elbows and knees.  Whatever the weather, you should never ride your motorcycle without a shirt or long pants on. Spinal Cord Injuries One of the most common motorcycle accident injuries is also one of the most common. A spinal cord injury can be classified as either incomplete, where movement is possible below the affected area, and complete, where you are paralyzed below this area. An example of a complete spinal cord injury is a severed spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries can be lifechanging. Complications can involve: Long-term paralysis. Difficulty breathing and being unable to control bodily functions. How to Avoid Spinal Cord Injuries The most important steps to take to avoid spinal injuries are: Wear appropriate gear. Ride safely, and don’t attempt dangerous maneuvers, particularly at speed. Neck Injuries Neck injuries are common in motorcycle crashes. These can involve broken necks, which can paralyze or kill you, and more minor injuries, such as a broken collarbone.  How to Avoid Neck Injuries It is important to choose gear that protects your neck. This may involve buying a separate piece of protection, such as a brace if your leathers don’t already include it. You should try to avoid having your neck exposed. Arm and Hand Injuries When you’re in a motorcycle accident, you will likely be thrown from your bike. As the natural instinct is to throw your arms out in front of you to break your fall, arm and hand injuries are some of the most common bike injuries. These can be minor, such as a sprained wrist, to serious, such as a compound fracture or severed digits. Long-term effects can include nerve and muscle damage.  How to Avoid Arm and Hand Injuries The most important step to avoiding arm and hand injuries is wearing the correct gear. As well as wearing leathers that cover and protect your arms, you will also need a pair of hardy gloves. A good pair of gloves can protect your hands incredibly well, preventing the worst kinds of injuries. Muscle Injuries Strenuous impacts can tear a muscle, and cause bleeding, difficulty moving, and swelling. Torn muscles must be treated by a doctor immediately, to avoid any complications, and to make sure it heals correctly. How to Avoid Muscle Injuries As with the other motorcycle crash injuries on this list, the best way to avoid muscle injuries is to wear appropriate gear. If your body is cushioned, traumatic injuries like these are far less likely, even if you are in a crash. Have You Suffered One of These Motorcycle Accident Injuries? If you’ve suffered one of these motorcycle accident injuries, we hope that you’re recovering well. If the accident wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, and more.  We offer a free case evaluation, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch with us. Take a look at our clients’ testimonies, and if you think we can help you, contact us, and we’ll do our best to help you.

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average motorcycle accident settlement

Being in an accident is serious enough, but when it happens to you on two wheels, the results can be absolutely devastating. We all know that motorcycles can be deadly, but you never think it will happen to you or someone you know. If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a motorcycle accident, you already have a taste of the harrowing journey involved. There is the obvious need to seek immediate medical treatment for any injuries you may have sustained. If you have lost someone as a result of a bike wreck, the emotional toll can be overwhelming. But there is also the need to be compensated for the harm caused to you. Finding out average motorcycle accident settlement amounts isn’t exactly common knowledge. So, where do you go? If you have a motorcycle accident claim and are looking to obtain a settlement, it is important to know the ins and outs of settlement negotiations. Here, discover all the various facets of motorcycle accident claims, as well as what you can do to maximize any potential settlement. Average Motorcycle Accident Settlement To start things off, let’s make something clear: having a seasoned and competent attorney by your side throughout any negotiations or court proceedings will result in your final settlement being far higher than if you go about this on your own. Another thing to keep in mind is the unfortunate fact that giving an actual number for your motorcycle accident claims is impossible. Every accident is a unique circumstance, and the final amount you wind up with depends on various interconnected factors.  The good news is, you can get a feel for what your settlement amount might be if you know the factors involved. Also, you need to not commit any blunders to hurt your own case. Let’s take a look at some of those factors. Trial Or No Trial, That Is The Question… A first and pivotal factor in your quest to figure out average motorcycle accident settlement amounts is whether your case is going to go to trial. Fun fact: over 97% of civil cases get settled before reaching the trial stage.  This may seem like a crazy high number, it actually makes sense when you consider what goes into taking motorcycle accident claims to court. First and foremost, there are high costs involved in going to trial. Both sides will incur rather large costs in order to prepare and collect all the necessary information to prep for a trial. These costs can be avoided if the parties stay away from the courtroom and settle it mano a mano.  How Your Injuries Affect Settlements Perhaps just as important as whether you go to trial or not, exactly what injuries you sustained in your motorcycle accident will make a big impact on your eventual settlement. Injuries from an auto accident can be deadly and gruesome. Indeed, the risk of serious injury or death from a motorcycle accident pales in comparison to vehicle accidents. Let’s take a look at what kinds of injuries can affect your ultimate settlement. Physical Injuries This seems obvious on its face, but it actually is extremely important in determining your ultimate settlement. Whether you have suffered broken bones, scrapes and bruises, lacerations, or even more extensive injuries, it is vitally important that you receive treatment for them. You simply cannot expect a substantial settlement if you only go to the hospital once and never have any follow-ups.  So, whether your injuries were minor or severe, be sure to go to all your doctors’ appointments, keep records of all your procedures and medical intervention. This will help build your case to the other side, showing that your injuries are worthy of substantial compensation. While you will likely be compensated for your medical costs, there are other kinds of attendant claims that go along with your injury. This is where a prominent injury attorney will be instrumental in helping you. These other injuries include your pain and suffering damages. These are damages designed to compensate for the anguish and ordeal you have been through due to your injuries. There is also lost wages and the potential for claims of future wages in some circumstances. Other than this, there is also loss of consortium, where you are compensated for your diminished intimate relationship with your spouse or children.  Emotional Injuries When it comes to motorcycle accidents, the entire experience can be rather traumatic, especially if you have suffered rather vivid and debilitating injuries.  This is where the claim of emotional distress may come into play. If you need to seek medical treatment for your mental distress from the accident, this may be compensable as well How To Kill Any Chance Of A Good Settlement This may seem blunt, but it’s the difference between a fair settlement and no settlement at all.  When you are undergoing settlement negotiations or are preparing for trial, you need to remain consistent. What does this mean? This means that if you hurt your neck, you should not be caught at the theme park riding roller coasters. If you hurt your back, do not go to the gym and squat 400 pounds. Whether you are dealing with an individual or insurance company, the potential that you will be investigated is there. Private investigators are hired all the time to document evidence that your injuries are not real or not as severe as you claim. The bottom line is to be sure to not do things that are inconsistent with your claims. All We Do Is Auto Accidents We hope this article may shed some light on determining an average motorcycle accident settlement.  Whether you have been in a motorcycle wreck, car wreck, or otherwise, we got you covered. Our entire practice is solely focused on automobile accidents. Contact us today to get a free case evaluation.

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why are crotch rocket motorcycle death rates so much higher?

Below, our team of motorcycle attorneys examine the extreme dangers posed by crotch rocket motorcycles and are continuing to increase at a rapid rate. Studies show that “crotch rocket” motorcycle riders are much more likely to die in a motorcycle crash than other types of riders.  Some estimates show that the increase can be as much as four times.  I have also observed this same trend in my own practice as a motorcycle accident lawyer, because we have a much higher percentage of motorcycle accident victims who sustain serious injuries riding crotch rockets. What is a “Crotch Rocket”? A “crotch rocket” is a high-speed, high-performance, sport motorcycle that generally has an aerodynamic body shape which requires or encourages the rider to lean forward.  Crotch rockets are often called sport bikes, super bikes, supersport motorcycles, or racing bikes.  These motorcycles are light-weight, aerodynamic, and built on racing platforms that have been adapted for street-legal use. The appeal of crotch rocket motorcycles is the same thing that can make them so dangerous if not handled properly: high speed.  We have all had that moment driving in our cars down the interstate and hearing a loud engine scream by and be out of sight in no time.  Crotch rockets and “supersports” motorcycles have significantly more horsepower than “normal” motorcycles, and some can reach speeds upwards of 200 mph! Motorcycle accident injuries are more likely to be severe or fatal It is important to note that motorcycle riders have an increased chance of serious injury or death in a crash.  Studies have shown that motorcycle riders are over 25 times more likely to die in a crash than in a car. They are also five times more likely to be injured than car drivers or passengers.  Further, even though “crotch rockets” only account for less than 10 percent of motorcycles out on the road, they account for over 25 percent of motorcycle rider deaths. Combine these statistics with the fact that Georgia motorcycle fatalities are steadily on the rise, and you can see that “crotch rocket” motorcycles are the most dangerous way to injury yourself on the road.  Crotch Rockets: Need for Speed The reason riders like a “crotch rocket” is the speed.  They want to go fast. After all, that is the whole point of a sport motorcycle.  However, there is a downside to this speed and adrenaline. This serious speed can significantly increase the risk of death and serious injuries in a motorcycle crash.  Studies show that speed is one of the most significant factors contributing to fatal motorcycle crashes in Georgia.  In fact, over half of “crotch rocket” motorcycle fatal crashes are a direct result of excessive speed. Further, Georgia statistics show that young riders are the most likely to die in a “crotch rocket” crash.  The age group 20-29 has the highest percentage of supersport motorcycle deaths in Georgia.   Regardless of the type of motorcycle you ride, always be sure to wear protective equipment and ride safely.  It could save your life.  Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident?  Our motorcycle accident attorneys can help you. If you or someone you know has been in an motorcycle accident, read our guide on what you should do immediately after getting in a motorcycle accident. At Georgia Auto Law, every member of our team specializes exclusively in Georgia motorcycle, car, and truck accidents.  We are the only law firm in Georgia handling only these case types.  This means that we do not focus our time, research, or resources on anything except winning you the most money on your motorcycle accident case.  You are welcome to call one of our motorcycle accident attorneys at any time, day or night, at (404) 662-4949.  You can also complete our consultation form, and one of our motorcycle accident lawyers will reach out to you within minutes.  With our No Fee Pledge™, you pay nothing. We are here for you. 

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Georgia Motorcycle Accident Statistics

In this article, our team of motorcycle accident lawyers review and explain some of the most important Georgia motorcycle accident statistics.  There is no doubt that there can be many benefits to riding a motorcycle.  You spend less on gas than you would in a car or truck and you have better maneuverability and agility on the roadway.  No to mention the fact that you get to feel the wind and fresh air every time you are out riding.  However, as we all know, there are some dangers to riding motorcycles that make them a more dangerous way to get around town.  Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents happen very often and they can be very serious and even fatal. Open air equals less protection The sad truth of motorcycle riding is that one of the things that can make it so fun and freeing is the very same thing that can make is so dangerous: exposure.  On your motorcycle, whether it is 2-wheeled or a trike, you have less protection than a passenger vehicle in the event of a crash.  In other words, you are more exposed to the roadway and other vehicles in the event of a crash.  Additionally, motorcycles are much, much smaller than cars and trucks.  This means that bikers have a higher chance of serious injury or death in the event of an accident. Regardless of the risk that they may pose, motorcycles have a right to be on Georgia roadways just like every other vehicle.  However, it can be beneficial for motorcycle riders to understand the statistics in Georgia about motorcycle accidents in order to be better informed about the dangers they might face.  We hope these statistics will assist bikers to ride as safely as possible and exercise caution when riding.  Georgia Motorcycle Accident Statistics The statistics we are using were published form the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).  This organization provides motorcycle accident statistics by year in each state. The statistics provided by the NHTSA include: Number of people killed in motorcycle crashes Which age groups are affected by motorcycle accidents Helmet use Accidents involving alcohol  And much more In this article, our Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys will cover statistics published on the NTHSA’s fact sheet for 2016 which was published in 2018.  This information deals with motorcycle accident statistics for all U.S. states, including Georgia. Motorcycle Crash Statistics in Georgia The following are some introductory stats for motorcycle accidents in the entire United States for the year 2016: There were a total of 5,286 motorcycle riders killed in auto accidents. Motorcycle riders accounted for 14 percent of all traffic deaths in 2016 and 17 percent of all deaths involving passengers and drivers on the roadways Out of the motorcycle fatalities, 94 percent were the drivers and 6 percent were passengers Georgia Motorcycle Fatalities and Helmet Use There were 167 motorcycle riders killed in Georgia in the year 2016.  If this 167, 154 of these riders were indeed wearing helmets during the crash.  This is 90 percent of these deaths wearing helmets. It is estimated that helmets saved approximately 1,859 riders lives in the year 2016.  The NHTSA estimates that, if all riders had been wearing helmets, approximately 802 lives could have been saved.  Studies show that helmets can prevent around 37 percent of motorcycle accident deaths for riders and around 41 percent of deaths for motorcycle passengers. Georgia law requires that every motorcycle rider must wear a helmet while riding. Georgia Motorcycle Deaths and Alcohol Use The following statistics examine the effect of alcohol use related to motorcyclists killed in Georgia: Of the total number of motorcyclists killed in Georgia in 2016, 25% had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .01% or higher 21% of motorcyclists killed had a BAC of .08% or more (.08% is the legal limit in Georgia) 10% had a BAC of .15% or more When it comes to alcohol, motorcyclists are more likely to be involved in an alcohol related motorcycle crash.  In fact, motorcyclists that were injured or killed in crashes in Georgia were more likely to be under the influence of alcohol than any other type of motor vehicle driver.  This includes drivers of passenger cars, truck drivers, and tractor trailer drivers. Motorcycle accident fatalities by age Motorcycle riders that are killed generally are above the age of 40.  In 2016, 54 percent of all motorcycle riders killed in crashes were over the age of 40.  What are the common types of motorcycle crashes? Over half of all deadly motorcycle accidents involve another motor vehicle.  In 2016, 55 percent of all fatal crashes involved at least one other vehicle. Here are some statistics regarding locations of impact and type of collision that occurred in Georgia: The vast majority, 72 percent, of motorcycle crashes were hit in the front Only 7% of crashes impacted the rear of the motorcycle In 41 percent of fatal crashes involving another vehicle, the motorcycle rider was either passing or going straight while the first vehicle was making a left turn In 23 percent of motorcycle accidents, both the other vehicle involved and the motorcycle were traveling straight Motorcycle accidents can also involve fixed objects as opposed to other cars on the road.  In fact, motorcycle riders are more often killed in crashes with fixed objects than other types of vehicles.  In 2016, 23% of all fatal motorcycle crashes involved collisions with fixed objects. Speeding-Related Motorcycle Accidents Motorcycles are fast, it is no surprise that many fatal motorcycle accidents involve excessive speed. In 2016, thirty-three percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involved a speeding rider.  Compare this to 19 percent for passenger cars.  “Speeding” related accident means that the responding officer found that the operator was driving too fast for the conditions at the time of the crash.  This would include a collision where the driver received a citation for a speeding offense. Motorcycle Crashes Related to Time of Day Because of the social nature of motorcycle riding, most motorcycle fatalities...

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Is a motor trike safer than a 2 wheel motorcycle?

At Georgia Auto Law, we want everyone to get home safe and sound.  So, one of our main goals is to do what we can to help make the roads a safer place.  Today, we are looking at the difference between the “motor trike” and the regular 2-wheeled motorcycle, and we are discussing which is a safer option. With better traffic visibility, a motor trike can be a safer, however 3-wheelers do have some of their own, specific dangers. The motor trike–or three-wheeled motorcycle–is a relatively new phenomenon compared to the normal motorcycle.  However, we are seeing more and more motor trikes on the roads today. There is no doubt that they turn heads, with the look of a state trooper motorcycle from the front and a sort of futuristic hover-craft from the rear.  We have heard them described as part hog part street car, and the names for them are wide ranging: “three-wheelers,” adult tricycles, “trikes,” and even motorcycles with training wheels. As a motorcycle accident attorney, I have begun to see injury cases that involve these three-wheel motorcycles.  For the most part, these cases involve crashes between the three-wheeler and other cars.  When I first looked into the safety differences, I assumed that with three wheels instead of two the trike was a safer vehicle than the standard two-wheeled motorcycle.  The theory is that with three wheels grounding the trike, there is less of a likelihood for “laying down” as there is with a normal, two-wheeled motorcycle. If you are considering buying a motor trike for your first step into the cycle-world, or maybe are thinking about converting your current chopper into a three-wheeler, keep these safety points in mind as you make your decision. Attract More Attention As I said above, the overall design of the motor trike certainly turns heads.  There are many times when I have seen a trike on the road and took a second look.  It could be because it is bigger, or because it just looks different than what we are used to seeing.  Regardless of the reason, it turns out that other drivers and motorists on the road are also noticing motor trikes more often which helps with safety. In my motorcycle accident practice, most of my motorcycle injury clients were injured because other drivers did not see the motorcycle because they either did not bother to look, or they looked too quickly and “missed” the motorcycle.  Research shows that car drivers are generally looking for other cars and trucks on the road when they look around and are not looking for motorcycles. When I deal with lawsuits for my clients injured in motorcycle crashes, I regularly speak with experts who all agree that the most dangerous factor facing motorcycle operators are other drivers on the road.  So, to the extent that a cycle can be more visible is a definite safety improvement.  Two rear (or, sometimes, front) wheels, side-by-side, creates a wider frame and a better chance to be noticed by other drivers on the road.  Also, with their widened frame, trikes have much larger center brake light helping visibility. Getting More Attention There was an extensive report done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1981 called the Hurt Report, and it says that approximately 77 percent of crashes involving standard, two-wheeled motorcycles come from the front position (the 11 o’clock to 1 o’clock position).  The primary reason for such a high percentage of crashes in these positions is lack of visibility by the other driver. In my practice, I have seen the same thing over and over again in the motorcycle injury cases I have handled. What does this mean?  By standing out on the roadways, a motor trike is more likely to be seen by other drivers, which means that the chance of a rear-end collision is reduced.  Additionally, because of the wider frame, a motor trike is not able to fit into as narrow of spaces as a standard crotch rocket. So, motor trike riders are not able to weave in between cars in traffic thus lowering the chance of hitting an opening car door or getting pitted by an impatient driver trying to quickly change lanes.   A 3 Wheel Motorcycle Handles Differently Although better visibility will certainly decrease your chances of getting into an accident with a car or truck, there are certain aspects whereby motorcycle trikes are just as dangerous as two-wheeled cycles. The motor trike has different physics and handling than standard motorcycles.  Think about riding a bicycle as a kid. We all start with training wheels to keep us upright until we learn how to properly balance.  However, when we finally take those training wheels off, we learn that we not only have to steer to make a turn, but we also have to lean into the turn as well.  The same idea applies to motor trikes and motorcycles. Anyone who has ridden a trike knows that you have to learn that handling a motor trike is more similar to riding/steering a car.  Whereas a motorcycle rider might use her body to help lean into a turn, trike riders use the handle bar only to properly execute turns and curves. Motor Trikes: Your Body is Still Exposed There is no doubt that motorcycle and trike riders love the openness and freedom of riding.  The wind, scenery, and fresh air blowing across your face is an amazing feeling. However, this experience that makes motorcycles and trikes so freeing is also what can make them very dangerous.  On a motor trike, your body is still dangerously exposed in the event of a crash. This means that your chances of sustaining a catastrophic injury when riding a motor trike is much higher than if you were in a regular, enclosed passenger car. You are not secured in a passenger compartment with metal frames, airbags, and other safety features to protect you in the event of a crash.  Because most motorcycle accidents occur from the...

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what to do after a motorcycle accident

We see those “watch for motorcycles” stickers all the time when we’re on the road. Unfortunately, though, those well-meaning stickers can’t ensure anyone’s safety. In fact, 5,286 people died in motorcycle crashes in a single year—a 5.1% increase from the year before. Even with increased awareness, accidents happen. What you say and how you act afterward can ensure you protect yourself down the road. After a motorcycle accident, you need to remain calm, assess the situation, and take the right steps. With the following tips regarding what to do after a motorcycle accident, you’ll have an action plan in place that’s best for your health, rights, and any future legal action you need to take. Let’s get started!  1. Check for Injuries After a motorcycle crash, everything can feel a little disorienting. Before doing or saying anything, take a breath. Then, assess yourself and your injuries.  If you, passengers, pedestrians, or other drivers are injured, call 911 right away. You might not experience symptoms immediately following the accident. Internal injuries, joint pain, and back pain could present hours later. Don’t delay getting medical attention, even if you don’t think you need it.  Insurance companies will assume you weren’t injured if you refuse or delay treatment. They might even think you’re lying if you wait too long after the motorcycle accident to receive care. If you’re trying to remember what to do after a motorcycle accident, put this at the top of your list.  You’ll feel an adrenaline rush immediately following the accident. Adrenaline can make you say or do something that might be misconstrued later on. For example, you might feel compelled to apologize, even if the accident wasn’t your fault. Don’t. Otherwise, you might have a difficult time making a claim. Instead, focus on moving everyone out of the roadway and into safety. Leaving your vehicle in the way of ongoing traffic can cause future accidents. If it’s safe to, try to remove any debris as well. Otherwise, you might be held responsible for another injury or accident that occurs as a result.  2. Collect Information Once everyone is safe, start collecting contact information from everyone involved in the crash. This should include: Names Phone numbers Addresses Insurance information License numbers License plate numbers Car make and model Take photos as well. If you can, take a photo before anyone moves their vehicles. Otherwise, take photos of the damage and the area you’re in. Snap photos from a variety of different angles. If there’s a sign nearby, take photos of the road you’re on as well. You can also add these details to your notes to make sure it’s thorough, including: Location of the accident Time of day Road conditions Weather Lighting Speed limits Direction any vehicles in the accidents were traveling Documenting the scene can help during a court case or with your insurance claim, so be thorough.  Keep all of your notes organized. If multiple drivers are involved, you don’t want to risk mixing up insurers or vehicles.  3. Call the Police If you haven’t already called 911, contact the police and let them know there’s been an accident. Make sure you don’t say anything to anyone about the accident until the officer arrives on the scene.  Ask the officer to fill out a police report. That way, you have an official document to support your case. They’ll take note of any property damage within their police report.  Also let the police know if you’ve suffered any injuries.  If you try to recover damage to your bike or for your injuries, an official police report is essential. Their records of the event can help build your case.  Don’t forget to ask for the police report number, the officer’s name, and their badge number. This information will help your attorney follow up to gain more information for your claim.  4. Talk to Witnesses When deciding what to do after a motorcycle accident, take a look around. Did anyone else see what happened? Eyewitnesses can help support your case as well.  Try to interview anyone who witnessed the accident. Ask what they saw while it’s still fresh in their mind. You can either write down or record the interview to add to your notes.  Make sure to get their name, phone number, and email so your lawyer can follow up.  5. Alert Your Insurance Company Once you’ve collected all of this information after a motorcycle accident, contact your insurance company. Provide them with all of the information listed above, including the witness accounts and photos.  Remember not to admit fault, even to your insurance agent.  Sometimes, the exact cause of the accidents remains unclear to everyone. In other cases, adrenaline can impact what you remember. Either way, make sure to only state the facts. Otherwise, the statements you make following your accident could have legal repercussions down the road.  6. Call a Lawyer Motorcycle deaths accounted for 14% of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2017. If you or a loved one was in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. Even if the accident didn’t result in death, there are a number of benefits to contacting a lawyer. It’s possible: You’re innocent but the other party is blaming you for the accident You’ve experienced physical injuries and costs as a result of the accident Your insurance company denies your claim Your damages exceed your policy limits An experienced lawyer can help you gain the compensation you’re owed for damages.  The Road to Making Your Claim: What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident Don’t leave the scene with a damaged vehicle and the blame. Now that you know what to do after a motorcycle accident, you can receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.  Contact us today for a free case evaluation. If you or a loved one recently received injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident, we’re here to help. 

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