The freedom you feel when driving a motorcycle cannot be duplicated in any other vehicle. This feeling alone is one of the leading factors in choosing to drive a motorcycle.
Unfortunately, driving a motorcycle does come with risks. Motorcycles do not provide you with the same physical protection that a passenger vehicle does, making accidents more serious when they occur.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in or around Philadelphia, it is important that you consider legal representation by a Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer.
Insurance companies are quick to place the blame on the motorcyclist for the accident in an effort to reduce or deny the claim.
Motorcyclists often are blamed for the accident even when it was evidently not their fault. This is why it is very important to have legal representation when facing a motorcycle accident claim.
Protect your rights as a motorcycle accident victim and schedule a free case evaluation today. Call us at 833-323-4448
Common Injuries That Happen In A Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are always serious events for the person on the motorcycle. Even with protective headgear and clothing, catastrophic or life-changing injuries can occur.
The most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:
- Traumatic head or brain injuries
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Serious lacerations
- Internal injuries
- Road rash
Additional injuries or multiple injuries are also possible in these events. Since many motorcyclists are thrown from their motorcycle during these events, the chance for multiple serious injuries is increased.
Many of the injuries received in a motorcycle accident will require extensive medical care to treat. It is important that the responsible party cover these expenses so that the injury victim can concentrate on their recovery.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
An accident can happen at any time and for any reason. However, there are certain conditions that are more often associated with motorcycle accidents.
The most common reasons for motorcycle accidents are as follows:
- Car turning left and does not see motorcycle in oncoming traffic
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Poor weather conditions
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Unsafe lane changes
Many drivers of the passenger vehicles state that they did not see the motorcycle before the accident occurs. As a measure of safety, all motorcyclists are encouraged to keep their lights on, even during the day.
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Interesting Facts About Motorcycle Accidents
The National Highway Safety Administration has issued the following facts: :
- Over 70 percent of all motorcycle accidents involve one motorcycle and one passenger vehicle.
- Over 80 percent of all motorcycle drivers are injured during an accident.
- Over 95 percent of all motorcycle drivers that are injured are men. Almost 100 percent of all that are injured are female.
- Over half of all motorcycle accidents result in the gas tank of the motorcycle rupturing resulting in a fire and potential burn injuries.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
Everything that you do after a motorcycle accident can have an impact on your case. If possible, you are encouraged to follow these steps after an accident.
Notify Emergency Services
You will need to contact emergency services to report the accident. At this time, you should also request an ambulance if necessary. You will need this police report to file a claim for compensation.
If you are not injured, you are encouraged to gather information. Contact and insurance information from the other party is the best place to start.
If there were witnesses, ask for their contact information. If you can, videotape or take pictures of the accident scene,
It is important to remember that if you are injured, this step can be overlooked. Your attorney can gather a lot of this information later. Stabilizing your health is the most important thing at this time.
Watch What You Say
Do not admit fault in any way, not even partial responsibility. You should even avoid saying “I’m Sorry” to the other river because this can be seen as an admission of guilt.
Keep your answers simple and very basic. If asked what happened, it may be in your best interest to just say, “at this time, I am not sure.”
Get Medical Attention Right Away
It is always in your best interest to get medical attention at the time of the accident. Even if you do not require an ambulance, you should go to the ER as soon as the accident is released by the police.
Many injuries are not noticeable at the scene of the accident. Head and neck trauma may just feel like a stress headache from the accident. Internal bleeding may just feel like an upset stomach.
It is better to be checked out right away than have a small injury turn into a complicated condition because it was left untreated.
Inform Insurance Company
You will need to report the accident to your insurance company so a claim can be started. This ensures that your medical bills will be covered right away.
You will want to refrain from giving a full statement at this time. It is impossible to know what the extent of your injuries is or what losses you will have just an hour after the accident.
Politely decline from giving an official statement at this time and inform the insurer that you would like to speak with an attorney before issuing a statement.
Contact a Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
As soon as possible after the accident, you are encouraged to speak with a Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorney. This is the best way to protect your rights as an injury victim.
Compensation Available For Motorcycle Accident Victims
As the victim of an accident, you are entitled to receive compensation for your losses. There are several types of compensation that may be available to you based on the facts of your case.
Your attorney will discuss with you the types of compensation that you will be able to All compensation packages ill include this in the amount.
Lost Wages and Benefits
If you were unable to work during your recovery period, you would be reimbursed for the lost wages and benefits you did not receive.
Future Earning Capacity
If you cannot return to work after your accident, or if you cannot return at full capacity to your previous job, you will receive compensation for the future lost wages.
If you have other expenses directly related to the accident, these may be covered as part of the compensation package. Some of the covered expenses may include:
- Changes to your home to accommodate your injuries such as a wheelchair ramp
- Changes to a vehicle to accommodate your injury
- Costs for over the counter supplies required for your care
- Cost of replacement dental work or prescription eyeglasses damaged in the accident
Pain and Suffering
Many cases will be awarded a non-economic type of compensation for their pain and suffering. This is a unique type of compensation and will differ with each case.
You may also be entitled to additional forms of compensation based on the facts of your case. Your attorney will explain in detail to you what compensation you will receive based on your case.
Schedule A Free Consultation With A Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
There is no reason to delay speaking with an attorney after an accident has occurred. Our law firm offers free initial consultations to all injury victims.
There is never a fee for our services unless we win your case. We are so positive we will win your case we do not get paid until we deliver on our promise.
You did not deserve to have your life changed by the negligence of another person. It is only right that the responsible party compensate you for your losses.
Have your questions answered and protect your rights by speaking with a Philadelphia motorcycle attorney today. Call 833-323-4448