You have found riding a motorcycle to be an easier and better way to travel. As a bike rider, you know the importance of safety. That is why you are watchful, vigilant, and alert when you are on the road. Unfortunately, not all your fellow drivers share this attitude.
Most accidents involving motorcycles are caused by persons in the larger vehicle. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that owes to the negligence and inattention of the other driver, you do have legal options.
The Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are smaller and more agile than cars, SUVs, and trucks. You have the capacity to move in ways that they don’t. If a driver is not paying attention and does not check their rear and side view mirrors before they turn, they will smash into you when they turn. Drivers must also be sure of what is near them in inclement weather. Even if you signal, a driver may not see you if they are not paying attention or are distracted by something or someone in the car.
Why You Need a Lawyer
The first person you should contact after an accident is a motorcycle accident attorney. You should do this even before you contact your insurance company to report the accident. Your lawyer will advise you of your rights as a policy holder.
The insurance company of the person who hit you will want to interview you as part of their investigation into the accident. You should not sit down with anyone without your lawyer present. If the accident was clearly the fault of the other driver, their insurance company may offer you a low-dollar settlement. You should not take the money until your attorney has had an opportunity to review it.
If the offer covers your medical expenses and lost wages and adequately compensates you for the pain and emotional turmoil you’ve suffered, then your lawyer may advise you to take it. However, if you have been seriously injured in the accident, you may need to press for more money.
The Impact of a Serious Motorcycle Accident
A severe motorcycle accident can put you on your back for weeks or months. During this time, you will be unable to earn money to pay your monthly bills and ever-increasing medical expenses. Once you are released from the hospital, you will need to undergo months of physical rehabilitation. In the worst case, the accident will leave you too debilitated to resume your livelihood.
How an Attorney Can Help
A lawyer who specializes in motorcycle accident cases can help you get the justice you deserve. The first thing they will do is launch their own investigation into the accident. This may turn up fresh facts, witnesses, and forensic evidence. It can strengthen your case and the likelihood of getting a fair and adequate settlement.
You need not go to trial. With the right evidence your lawyer can pressure the respondent into giving you a dollar sum that is commensurate with what you have endured.