Fatal motorcycle crashes remain a top concern for law enforcement, insurance companies and security organizations. According to statistics, motorcycle crashes are 28 times more frequent than passenger car crashes. This is why motorcycle riders need extra help.
If you are involved in an accident, it is essential to hire a professional motorcycle accident lawyer to protect your interests. Of course, it’s best to avoid such accidents, but if there is one, having a reputable law firm by your side will make it much easier, especially if you need to collect compensation.
Tips for avoiding motorcycle accidents
Unfortunately, motorcyclists have little protection against injury. Experts consider bikers to be one of the groups most vulnerable to the risk of accidents. You are riding protected from the elements and accidents usually result in the bike being thrown. Concussions and bone fractures are common. The following tips can strengthen your injury compensation case:
- Call the police
Regardless of the severity of your accident, it is essential to report it to the police to obtain the correct documents. The police report will contain essential information about the accident. This information includes contact details for the other driver, insurance company, vehicle information and identity confirmation. The report will also check if the other driver has received a ticket.
- Don’t fix your damaged bike
While it seems counterintuitive, not repairing your bike after an accident can strengthen your claim. Your damaged motorcycle serves as concrete proof of the severity of your wreckage and injuries. Defendants can call in accident reconstruction experts, and the condition of your motorcycle tells the story in a forensic fashion.
- Get medical treatment
Injuries from motorcycle crashes often become seriously debilitating, and the best corroborating evidence comes from medical experts. Therefore, you should start and continue your treatments until you reach the point of maximum medical improvement. Also known as MMI, the concept is that additional medical treatment is unnecessary. Getting to this point helps your lawyer set a fair settlement amount based on all of your medical bills.
- Take photos of the vehicles and the crash scene
If you are able to take photos, you should definitely do so. Take photos of the damage to your bike, the other vehicles involved, the property damage, the crash scene, the other driver, and witnesses to the crash. You should ask your doctor to take pictures of your injuries to document them. Road signs, weather conditions, and road obstacles can be critical in your case.
- Interview witnesses and get contact details
If you are badly injured, there is not much you can do because your priority is still getting treatment. However, you might be mobile enough to get contact details for witnesses and basic descriptions of the accident.
- Keep notes
It is important to take notes to help you remember the details of the accident and contact details. You should also keep track of any personal expenses you incur as a result of the accident. These can include the price of the taxi, stabilizing your motorcycle, moving it safely to storage, renting secure storage space, and other expenses.
- Avoid discussing the case with anyone other than your lawyer
Idle speculation and the allocation of blame for the accident should only be discussed with your lawyer. Do not even admit partial responsibility for the accident. Don’t discuss your case on social media. Your thoughts and assumptions can come back and damage your case if you recognize some level of fault. Even if you categorically state that the accident was the fault of the other driver, it gives your opposition some prior knowledge of your pursuit strategy.
Strengthen motorcycle safety
According to NHTSA, 5,019 motorcycle riders died as a result of accidents. Motorcycle riders have a duty to prove that they are safe riders, and you should always wear a helmet.
Helmets are the most important safety feature for motorcycle riders and passengers. You must also pay close attention to the road, the traffic and obey the rules of the road. Avoid drinking and driving, and choose to stay home (or take a car) instead of riding in bad weather. Make sure your motorcycle is in good condition every time you take it on the road, and seek the advice of knowledgeable attorneys if you get into trouble.
Author: With a law degree under his belt, Mark Scott understood early on that legal communication was a relatively neglected field. He decided to help people by “translating” the language and offering information and advice in a clear, useful and actionable way. For this reason, instead of finding him in court, you will most likely find his name online, where he is very active and successful as a legal columnist. His part in making the world a better place is to make the law a less complicated labyrinth. It aims to make it easier for people to understand when and how to consult a lawyer, how to proceed in a large number of legal matters and to find the appropriate resources so that they can defend their rights.