What Should You do if You are in a Motorcycle Accident?
The National Highway Safety Administration reported that 92,000 injuries occurred from motorcycle accidents during 2014. Motorcycle riders may experience far more severe injuries than car drivers or passengers in the event of a crash. Due to the makeup of motorbikes, severe injury or even loss of limb or death can occur.
Motorcycle riders put themselves in harm’s way when they ride busy streets and highways in the United States. It is easy for drivers to not see a motorcycle, and by the time they do it is sometimes too late to prevent an accident.
However, it is not just motorcycles colliding with cars that kills and injures riders. Riders can also slam into each other, killing and hurting the other rider. Recently, in Daytona Beach, a man was killed while riding his motorcycle after he struck another bike. Three others were injured in the accident.
If you are in a motorcycle accident, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you receive compensation for any injuries you incur.
Call an Ambulance
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, it is important to call for an ambulance right away. Even if you feel well, symptoms could present themselves once the initial shock or adrenaline has passed. It is important you get evaluated by a medical professional to make sure nothing is seriously wrong.
Call the Police
Make sure you call the police because a police report about the accident will be needed. The report will be used in court if you seek compensation. The report will help determine who was at fault for the accident. If you cannot call the police yourself, be sure to ask a witness or someone nearby.
If at all possible, get the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of any witnesses who saw the accident. These will make it easier if you go to court. The witnesses can give information on what occurred. This is especially important if the driver neglected to see you.
Once the accident has occurred and you return home, it is important to make note of any doctor visits you make. You should also note any days you miss from work. You can receive compensation for any missed days of work due to the injuries you sustained from the accident.
Car Drivers Ignore Motorcycles
In 2015, there were 606 motorcycle crash deaths in Florida. The state led the US in motorcycle fatalities, and many riders feel they are ignored by car drivers. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are being injured on a daily basis in Florida. The very nature of a motorbike makes injury and death a possibility when riding.
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If you or a loved one have been a victim of a motorcycle accident, Lulich Legal Attorneys and Consultants can help. Visit our page on motorcycle accidents to see how we can help you. Lulich Legal Attorneys and Consultants can help you with all your personal injury law needs. Contact us today.