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What Should I Do If I’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, call 911 to inform them of the location and any injuries you or others may have sustained. Then:
Call an experienced accident attorney: inform them of your situation, including all the details of the accident.
Don’t: speak to an insurance company about a potential settlement, provide unnecessary accident details to law enforcement or bystanders, or speak to any doctor or hospital representative before speaking with an attorney.
Document the scene of the accident: in general, it’s a good idea to take photos and/or video of the accident, though you should rely on your attorney’s advice in this regard. Your attorney may also ask you to get statements from bystanders who may be in the area.
Remember, insurance companies are not on your side; it’s their goal to provide the minimum possible payout in order to remain profitable. This means that anything you say can and will be held against you when it comes to a potential settlement negotiation or jury trial. Saying the wrong thing means that the amount of compensation you receive could be seriously affected.
When Should I Speak to an Attorney About an Accident?
Like we mentioned before, if you’ve been in an accident, call 911, then call an experienced car accident attorney who can guide you calmly and confidently through the next steps of the process.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, Gallagher and Hagopian’s team of experienced personal injury attorneys will vigorously fight on your behalf. We’ve achieved more than 100 million in settlements and jury verdicts for our clients and will do everything we can to achieve the maximum possible compensation for you and your loved ones.
Remember, when it comes to getting compensation for an accident, knowledge is power. On this page, we’ll review some of the basics of motorcycle accidents, including:
- The most common causes of motorcycle accidents
- The most common types of injuries from motorcycle accidents
- How to avoid motorcycle crashes in the future
- FAQs about motorcycle accidents
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If You’re Injured in a Car Accident in Bradenton, Call An Attorney Immediately
If you’ve experienced an auto accident, the impact can be overwhelming. Pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and a general disruption of your life are the common results of an auto accident.
You should not have to suffer because of another individual’s negligence, but don’t assume that contacting your insurance company will eliminate the burden. Understand that insurance companies are in business to make money, so the less the company pays in policyholder claims, the more profitable they will be.
You may be driving to work, on your way to dinner with friends, making your way across town to pick up the kids, or just heading to the grocery store. Whatever the errand, there exists a basic assumption that if you obey the traffic laws and you operate your vehicle responsibly, you should be able to complete your trip without incident. Unfortunately, the negligent behavior of certain drivers occasionally subjects others to the risk of auto accidents.
What You Should Know About Car Accidents
When it comes to dealing with injuries from a car accident, the more you know, the better. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), nearly 40,000 people die in car accidents each year in the United States alone. An additional 4.4 million people are hospitalized each year as a result of car-accident-related injuries.
While many who die or are seriously injured in crashes are the drivers or passengers in cars themselves, more than 50% of worldwide car accident deaths are actually pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcyclists. Unfortunately, car accident deaths are so common that they’ve consistently ranked as the number one most likely cause of death for Americans aged 1-54.
While some car accidents are truly unpreventable, the vast majority occur as a result of the negligence of one or more parties. Other accidents may occur as a result of mechanical defects in the car, particularly those related to the brake system, tires, and transmission.
What are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
While motorcycle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, one of the most common reasons is simple negligence. Some of the most common reasons for negligence-related motorcycle crashes include:
- Inattentive drivers/driver awareness deficit
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Impaired and imperiled driving (generally driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication)
- Texting and cell phone usage
- Reckless activity in hazardous conditions
- Rear-end collisions
- T-bone collisions/sideswipes
- Mechanical failure (such as brake, tire failure, suspension, or engine problems)
What Types of Injuries Can Occur From Motorcycle Accidents?
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can lead to a variety of injuries. These include:
- Spinal Injuries: Currently, there are an estimated 300,000 individuals with spinal injuries in the United States, with about 18,000 new cases per year. Less severe spinal injuries can cause pain, numbness, headaches, and some loss of function in limbs. However, the vast majority of spinal injuries, however, involve some part of partial (paraplegia) or full paralysis (quadriplegia). Spinal injuries can also lead to anxiety, depression, loss of consortium (problems in intimate relationships), and PTSD. Some studies have indicated that more than 10% of motorcycle accident victims experience spinal injuries after an accident.
- Soft-Tissue Injuries: Motorcycle accident victims are highly likely to experience some soft-tissue injuries, with one study showing between 40-60% of accident victims sustaining injuries through a thin layer of clothing. Soft tissue injuries may be mostly harmless, but they could also be signs of a concussion if the injuries involve the head. Soft tissue injuries in the chest area could also be signs of an organ injury, such as a bruise or abrasion on the heart, liver, lungs, or kidneys.
- Broken Bones: Broken bones are another common symptom of motorcycle accidents. A broken bone can lead to serious debilitation, and may leave an accident victim unable to drive, walk, or take care of daily work and life activities. In addition to often taking months to heal, broken bones can be an incredibly expensive injury. An ambulance ride, combined with x-rays, MRIs, other scans, and follow-up treatments, can easily cost between $5,000 to $10,000.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are injuries that result from significant damage to the head, and therefore, the soft tissue of the brain. The CDC estimates that 1.5 million Americans experience a TBI each year. Mild TBIs can result in headaches and fatigue, while more serious TBIs can result in depression, anxiety, PTSD, changes in personality, learning deficits, and memory issues, among other things.
- Scrapes and Cuts: Scrapes and cuts can often appear minor, but they can become serious if infected. A scrape or cut may also be a sign of a more significant injury, such as a bruised organ or a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
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How Can I Avoid Motorcycle Accidents?
If you’re a driver:
- Always look both ways.
- Drive within the speed limit.
- Look out for small, dark objects.
If you’re a motorcyclist:
- Wear bright clothing.
- Add reflective coverings to your clothes and bike.
- Wear a bright, department-of-transportation-approved helmet.
- Avoid bad weather.
Call Us to Get the Compensation You Deserve
Just because another driver was negligent doesn’t mean that you have to suffer. And, despite the protection insurance companies provide, it’s almost never enough to truly compensate you for your physical, psychological, and economic suffering. Understand that insurance companies are in business to make money, so the less the company pays in policyholder claims, the more profitable they will be.
That’s why you need someone fighting on your side– someone who can help ensure that you obtain the maximum possible compensation for your case.
At Gallagher and Hagopian, we’ve achieved more than 100 million in settlements and jury verdicts for our clients, and we are ready and waiting to look at your case.
While we serve clients throughout the state of Florida, our firm is centrally located in Bradenton, FL. This allows us to conveniently serve you no matter where you live in Manatee, Sarasota, and the surrounding counties on the West Coast of Florida.
All initial consultations are free– and we don’t get paid unless you do. If you’ve been in a motorcycle crash, don’t wait. Call Gallagher and Hagopian today.
Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured as the result of another driver’s negligence, contact an experienced lawyer immediately. As we mentioned earlier, don’t speak to your insurance company, agree to or sign any settlement or discuss your concerns, injuries, or damages with anyone other than an attorney.
In addition, avoid permitting any individuals claiming to represent the emergency room, the hospital, or your doctor until after speaking to your attorney. Gallagher and Hagopian provides free consultations for potential clients and we will come to you– whether you’re at home, in the hospital, or in rehab for your injury.
After working with countless motorcycle accident victims, we understand how serious the impact can be on someone’s life. In addition to the injuries directly sustained in the accident, you can suffer depression, anxiety, or even PTSD in the wake of the event. On top of the physical and emotional damage, you may also face significant medical bills and a loss of income, particularly if the accident forces you to take unpaid medical leave or leave your job entirely.