What Happens If I Was In A Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcyclists experience a feeling of vulnerability when they realize the driver of the car in front of them does not see them. As a rider heads into an unavoidable crash, there is a moment of helplessness and uncertainty about what lies ahead. If you have been in an accident, you could have life-changing injuries. Or perhaps your family member was severely injured or killed. The law firm of Allen Wellman McNew Harvey, LLP, has several decades of experience in assisting clients who have been injured in accidents.
About 100,000 motorcycle accidents happen in America every year. Costs run into billions of dollars for needed medical care, rehabilitation and lost wages. If you are suffering because a driver caused your injuries and losses, you are entitled to compensation to help pay your expenses.
Negligence Causes Many Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riders have the same rights and privileges as drivers of any other vehicle, and other drivers must respect those rights. Many motorcycle crashes result from the negligence of other drivers. They happen when the other driver does not act with the caution required from a reasonable person.
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include unsafe lane changes; a driver who opens a door in the path of a motorcycle; speeding; driving under the influence; sudden stops in front of the motorcycle; and inexperienced motorcyclists.
Passengers Can Also Experience Life-Changing Issues
If you were injured as the passenger on a motorcycle, you may face unique challenges trying to obtain compensation for your injuries. If the driver of the motorcycle was at fault, you might be faced with suing a family member or a friend. An experienced attorney can help you with these challenges.
How Can You Protect Your Claim?
It is important to preserve evidence to protect your claim. After an accident, you should:
- Get medical attention to determine your condition and injuries.
- Call the police.
- Write down the details of the accident and get the names and addresses of witnesses.
- Take photos of the scene, your motorcycle, the other vehicle and any other physical evidence.
- Don’t talk to claims adjusters until you talk to a lawyer.
- Keep all records, including medical records.
- Call an attorney.
If you have been injured too severely to take these steps to preserve evidence, be sure to ask someone close to you to do it for you.
Central Indiana’s Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers
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