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Motorcycles are not just a mode of transportation but a thrilling hobby or even an entire way of life. Unfortunately, drivers that share the road with bikers are not yet conditioned to keep a sharp lookout for motorcycles, and their negligence frequently results in a terrible wreck.
Other negligent parties might be a faulty manufacturer of the motorcycle or even a party who knowingly leaves a hazard in the middle of the road. Motorcycles are only about two percent of vehicles on the road, yet they are involved in ten percent of all accidents. Regardless of the parties responsible, the injuries inflicted by their negligence are catastrophic and often fatal. Because of the increased risk of bodily injury from riding a bike, the damages from a motorcycle crash cost victims not only thousands in medical bills but also pain and suffering, lost time at work, or even their lives. Because the compensation owed to bikers under the law is so high, at-fault parties spend a great deal of resources to deny legitimate claims for compensation. Victims of motorcycle crashes must hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to perform a thorough investigation and fight for your rights under the law.
What Should I Do After Motorcycle Accident?
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Immediately After The Acccident
If you were in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is to check for injuries. Make sure you and any passenger who is in your vehicle is okay and able to move. If at all possible, move the vehicles involved in the accident away to a safe location. Moving the vehicles may help prevent more accidents and will likely ease the flow of traffic. Distance yourself from a vehicle that may cause more harm to you. For example, steer clear of any vehicle that is leaking gasoline, as it could be prone to combustion.
If anyone has sustained an injury, or if the damage to the vehicles is severe, make sure to call the police and have them fill out a police report. The information contained in the police report could be important if you decide to file a claim, so when in doubt, go ahead and call the police. If another driver was involved in the accident, be sure to exchange information with them.
Determine if there are any witnesses. If so, it will be essential to talk to them and record whatever information they have as to the events surrounding the accident. Make sure to get their contact information in case you need to speak with them again.
One of the most important things to keep in mind after an accident is that you should not admit fault. You may be tempted to apologize for the accident, especially if the other driver has sustained more serious injuries than you have. However, it is important in these circumstances to remember that you may not have all the facts as to the root cause of the accident. Reserve judgment of who was at fault until you can discover more information, and do not admit fault yourself.
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In The Aftermath
Be sure to see a doctor if you have sustained any serious injuries resulting from the accident. Some injuries may not reveal themselves for a few days, as the lingering adrenaline from the accident may mask the effects of the injuries. Follow your doctor’s orders and keep records of any doctor’s visits and medications you take.
As soon as possible, contact your insurance company. You will need to give the insurance agent all of the relevant information you were able to collect at the scene of the accident. Your insurance company will determine whether they will cover your claim based on the information that is provided to them, so it is important to have kept a thorough record.
Lawyers who specialize in motorcycle accident cases will be able to help you in any of the possible legal issues that may arise from the accident. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you recover for your injuries or protect you against another person’s claim against you.
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Types of Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Soft Tissue. Bumps and bruises naturally happen from a collision with another object on a motorcycle. However, “road rash” is the informal term for soft-tissue damage sustained from the rider sliding across the abrasive, and frequently uneven, surface of the roadway. The skid tears at the soft-tissue and rips skin and muscle off the bone, leaving scarring and other types of permanent disfigurement on the rider. If he or she is not wearing a helmet, the road rash can lead to the face being maimed for life.
Head Injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control, helmets can reduce the likelihood of a motorcycle crash fatality by 37% and head injuries by 69%, but hardly any states, including Arizona, have a universal helmet law. Not only can people lose teeth or collapse their eye socket in a crash, but trauma to the brain is also likely; whether it be a concussion or even a traumatic brain injury.
Spinal Injury. Like injuring the head, damage to the spinal cord could lead to some permanent changes in the rider’s quality of life, such as paralysis. Studies show that older riders tend to be more prone to thoracic injuries, which means their “trunk” statistically bears much more of the brunt of the impact in a motorcycle crash. Regardless of the age of the driver, he or she cannot wear a helmet or re-enforced denim that protects the spine from the impact in a wreck or being thrown from the bike.
Thoracic Injury. In addition to the spine, injuring the trunk of the rider can lead to broken ribs and damage to the delicate internal organs contained within the abdominal wall. According to the National Institute of Health, if one anatomical region of the body is affected in a motorcycle crash, then that some region will likely have multiple injuries. Therefore, if the rider only feels the pain of bruised or even broken ribs, he or she should get checked for more internal injuries at that same location.
Lower Extremity. This is the most common form of injury on motorcycles; specifically broken bones being the most frequent result. Even though these injuries are not as typically severe as injuries to the head, chest, or abdomen, the median hospital bill still runs a lucky biker around $21,000; according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. These types of injuries include damage to the pelvis, hip, thigh, leg, knee, ankle, or foot. When multiple lower injuries occur, the cost of their treatment in the hospital jumps to a median of $59, 000 per motorcycle crash.
Wrongful Death/Fatality. Motorcycles, much more than framed motor vehicles, have a startling probability of killing the rider. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per 100,000 vehicles involved in a crash, just over thirteen cars were involved in fatal crashes, while that number increases to over 72 for fatal motorcycle wrecks. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of another, you need the experience and resources of the team of motorcycle crash attorneys at Zinda Law Group to ensure you are compensated to the full extent allowed under the law.
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