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6 Things To Do After a Motorcycle Accident

October 26, 2012 | By More

Motorcycle accidents are often some of the deadliest accidents that occur. Motorcycles offer little protection to riders in the event of an accident and the resulting injuries are often severe, requiring long recovery periods. If the rider is not wearing a helmet, injuries can include massive head injuries and even brain death.

Often, motorcycle accidents are not the biker’s fault, although may ARE due to rider error. Due to the size difference between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle, motorcycles are harder to see and are frequently lost in the passenger vehicle’s blind spot. In addition, the narrow profile of an oncoming motorcycle is foreshortened and it is difficult for a car driver to discern the speed at which the rider is traveling, and that is IF the driver sees the motorcycle at all! Because of this, biker’s are often sideswiped by vehicles that simply did not see them.

Some shocking statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that motorcyclists are 32 times more likely to die in an accident than passenger vehicle occupants, and 6 times more likely to suffer injuries. It is important to remember that bikers are entitled to compensation for injuries due to someone else’s negligence as well as passenger vehicle drivers. Motorcyclists have a right to be on the road and have the same rights as car drivers.

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident it is important to remember the following things:

  1. Report the accident to police. The police report is helpful to your auto accident injury lawyer in determining fault.
  2. Record the names and statements of witnesses to your accident. Take pictures and record any unusual circumstances or whether that may have contributed to the accident. This will be especially useful should your case go to court.
  3. Do not speak with any insurance agents or adjusters that may show up at the scene. This is an unscrupulous tactic sometimes used to get people to admit fault or say something that could hurt their claim.
  4. Call your insurance company to report the accident. Do not speak with the other party’s insurance carrier. Let your motorcycle accident injury lawyer deal with them.
  5. Even if you feel you haven’t sustained a serious injury, it is a good idea to get checked out by a physician. Some brain injuries do not show up right away and insurance companies may be reluctant to pay for an injury later on.
  6. Contact a motorcycle accident injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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Linda Carruth is a freelance illustrator and designer who enjoys riding her motorcycle. Her professional work can be seen at lwwallace.com, but her motorcycle, humorous, and motivational designs are available at MadDashRiot.com, LinesByDesignBoutique.com, and at MadDashRocket.com.

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