Bikers and cyclists, even when following all state safety protocol, such as wearing helmets and protective gloves, pants, boots and jackets, have comparatively little protection when colliding with a motor vehicles or coming across common road hazards like potholes, ice, cracks, or slick roads.
In addition, California is one of the few states that allows lane-splitting, a dangerous practice in which motorcyclists can drive on the lane divider between slowly moving or stopped vehicles. Unfortunately, drivers don’t always know to look for a lane-splitting biker, and may pick up speed when the traffic begins to clear without checking for someone alongside them or allow them back into the lane. Motorcycle accident injuries are often serious – even fatal.
Serious injuries often range from broken bones, bruises and scrapes to spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Motorcycle accidents can leave riders, as amputees, or with other types of permanent disability. While the hospital bills for a single injury alone can put financial strain on the biker’s family, those who are permanently disabled in bike crashes often face a lifetime of medical bills and an inability to work.
Dealing with the aftermath of a Motorcycle accident is extremely complicated. Rather than focusing on their health and getting back on their feet, many bikers are left to deal with the maze of police reports, insurance adjusters, medical bills, and repair shops on their own. Without the right knowledge, victims of negligent drivers often lose out on compensation and suffer unnecessary long-term injuries.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER I’VE BEEN INJURED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT?
There’s a few things you should know and do immediately after you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident in order to protect yourself and strengthen your claim. First and foremost, you should never admit fault and always get a police report. If there were any witnesses to the accident, be sure to get their contact information. After this, it is important to follow these four steps:
1. See a doctor
It’s important to go to a doctor immediately after you’ve been in an accident, even if you are experiencing little to no pain. The reason for this is because many pain symptoms do not show up until a couple days later, and it’s good for you to make sure that you aren’t suffering from a spinal injury, a traumatic brain injury, or broken bones.
2. document the damage
Make sure that you take photographs of the damage and the area or street where you were injured. Also remember to save any receipts for any costs made such as rental cars and repairs.
3. say nothing
An adjuster from the other driver's insurance company will probably call you and ask for a statement. Keep in mind that they are searching for any way to reduce the compensation they’ll have to pay you. To best protect yourself, get their name and phone number, but do not speak about the accident, your injuries, or agree to sign any documents.
4. call a personal injury attorney
Calling the right attorney will not only help you get the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering, but will guide you through the legal minefield that victims are often left to deal with on their own. Don’t hesitate to get the help you need and deserve, attorney Fernando Brito is ready to fight for you. Give us a call today.
The Law Office of Fernando Brito Jr. works hard to make sure our clients receive the medical care they need and get the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one are a victim of a Motorcycle accident, you may need a car injury lawyer to file a lawsuit so you can be compensated for your personal damages and injuries. Fernando Brito Jr. is an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who is ready to fight for you and will guide you through this complicated process, every step of the way.