If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, whether as the person on the bike or as the driver of the other vehicle, you need to be sure to talk with a motorcycle accident attorney experienced with this type of case. It is not enough to talk with any personal injury lawyer as they might not have a full understanding of motorcycle crashes. Here are a few things you need to understand about the situation in order to work better with your lawyer and get the best results to help you get through things.
Motorcycle accidents almost always have more server injuries than other types of automobile accidents. Even if the rider receives nothing more than road rash, it is more than what would have happened had they been inside a car or truck. It is very important that the rider goes to see a medical professional, regardless of how they feel. Cuts and scrapes need to be cleaned properly to prevent infection. Getting tarmac out of a sore is not easy and is painful. Everyone involved needs to be fully aware of the extent of all injuries so everything can be settled fairly and accurately.
A problem can arise in the case that the motorcycle rider was not wearing protective gear. This includes not only a helmet but also clothing, footwear, and gloves. The vehicle driver's attorney may be able to make a case that the injuries would not have been as severe if the rider had been wearing a leather jacket, boots, and jeans instead of a pair of shorts, a t-shirt, and sneakers. When the insurance companies can argue how much fault each person is responsible for the whole case will take longer to settle, and you may not be entirely covered for all the medical bills.
Another thing that may cause a problem in the case is the road conditions. The driver's lawyer and the insurance company may argue that the weather was not good enough to be riding a motorcycle. This may put the blame back on the rider.
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will be able to get all the needed evidence to ensure that the fault of the accident is placed appropriately. This is the only way to ensure that the final settlement will be enough to pay for all medical bills for anyone involved. If the settlement is not enough, one of the people involved may seek restitution directly from the other party. This often results in no one getting what they truly deserved.
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