MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
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FAQs About Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcycle accident claims can be complicated because the injuries frequently are serious. To make things easier for you, we’ve created a list of frequently asked questions.
Although both motorcycle and car accidents are vehicle-related incidents, they’re quite different. Because motorcyclists are exposed to the road or other objects when they crash, the injuries tend to be much more serious.
As a result, many motorcycle accidents can result in higher compensation. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, you should speak directly with a motorcycle accident attorney. We’ll help you ensure you get the type of compensation you deserve.
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, the first thing to do is to move away from the flow of traffic. Then, alert law enforcement and medical services of the accident.
Next, you should take photos of the scene of the accident. This will serve as evidence of the accident and can help back up your case.
Finally, it’s time to file a claim. You can get a motorcycle accident attorney involved to make the process easier and to ensure you receive an award for any damages.
After a motorcycle accident, the first thing to check is if you have a personal injury clause under your own motorcycle insurance policy. Many times, your insurance company will cover some of your medical bills.
However, that’s not always enough. Sometimes, you can also work with a motorcycle accident attorney to seek additional damages. This can help you pay your medical bills and get you on the road to recovery after this staggering accident.
Some of the most dangerous causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Lane changing: lane changing can be tough, and motorcycles often get into cars’ blind spots, leading to accidents
- Left-turning vehicles: a large percentage of motorcycle accidents occur because of cars making left-hand turns that cross a motorcycle’s path
- Head-on collisions: when vehicles leave their lane to move into oncoming traffic, accidents can occur. The majority of motorcycle accidents occur because of this
- DUIs: intoxicated drivers often lead to serious accidents and fatalities
- Speeding: driving too fast, either on the part of the car or the motorcyclist, can cause serious accidents
- Road Hazards: hazards on the road in combination with any of the other incidents on this list are common causes of motorcycle accidents
- Lane splitting: driving in-between lines of traffic can put motorcyclists in blind spots and can lead to accidents
- Cell phone use: Also not legally permitted, many people drive while using their cell phones and become distracted which makes them especially dangerous to motorcyclists.
There are many other causes of motorcycle accidents out there, too. Speaking to a motorcycle accident attorney can help you determine whether your accident warrants a lawsuit.
Unfortunately, insurance companies do often show bias against motorcyclists. This — in combination with other biases stemming from age, veteran status, and other factors — can cause motorcyclists to take the blame in accidents that are not their fault. In our experience, motorcyclists are some of the safest drivers on the road. They operate in a safe manner. Don’t let the insurer try and blame you for an accident that’s not your fault.
Although you can navigate a motorcycle claim on your own, this isn’t always the best idea. Involving a lawyer can help you get more complete compensation and receive the support and assistance you deserve.
On top of that, motorcycle accident attorneys have experience negotiating tough claims. They can ensure you’re fairly represented against insurance companies and parties that are biased against motorcyclists.
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