You don’t need anyone to tell you that riding motorcycles is dangerous. Unlike car drivers, motorcyclists are more susceptible to getting into an accident and sustaining life-threatening injuries. This is because motorcycles don’t have a heavy metal body and airbags surrounding the rider to cushion the impact during an accident. You will be surprised to know about the statistics regarding motorcycle injuries and fatalities that take place every year.
- There are several situations in which motorcycle accidents are likely to take place:
- When line of sight is obstructed of either the motorcyclist or the vehicle driver.
- When vehicle drivers cut motorcyclists from the front to make a left-hand turn.
- When road conditions are dangerous such as slippery road due to snow or rain, railroad tracks, potholes, and wet pavements.
- When a vehicle driver changes lanes without knowing a motorcyclist is riding next to them.
- When a motorcyclist rides in a vehicle’s blind spot.
The following are some common questions which motorcyclists who have been in an accident ask in order to know their next move:
Question #1: I have been in a motorcycle accident. What should I do now?
First, you should get medical attention as soon as possible, as motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries. Make sure that all of your injuries are treated properly. Next, document the accident with the police and gather information of the other driver and any witnesses. If you want to build a strong case, your best bet is to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney, as they can help you get maximum compensation for your injuries and suffering.
Question #2: How much compensation can I expect for my injuries?
With the mounting medical bills and lost wages (or other forms of income), compensation is the only way you can make ends meet while you recover. Your case will be evaluated based on the seriousness of your injuries, the time you missed from work, and circumstances leading to the accident. The amount you are entitled to receive from the responsible party will most likely cover for things such as property damage, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and future earnings, and the impact of the accident on your family and relationships.
Question #3: If I was not wearing a helmet at the time of accident, will it affect my case?
There is a good chance that it will, especially if you have suffered any head injuries. This is because it was negligence on your part, and if you were wearing a helmet, some injuries would’ve been avoided. Helmet laws vary from state to state, but it is strongly advised that you wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
Question #4: How long will it take to resolve my case?
Every case is different and it is difficult for anyone to estimate how long it may take to resolve. Simple cases, in which the facts are known and the responsible party is willing to cooperate, hardly take a few months to resolve. However, complex cases can take years.
The easiest way to get your claim without undergoing exorbitant amount of stress is to let a reliable motorcycle accident attorney handle your case. Contact The Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C. at (847) 395-2200 or online to schedule your initial legal consultation and discuss the specifics of your case.