If you ride, you know that automobile drivers and truck drivers just don’t take the time to scan the roadway and make it possible for them to see you or your motorcycle. The number one cause of motorcycle vs other vehicle collisions is the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic. Car and truck drivers pull out into traffic without looking both ways, they don’t look twice, and they often misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic, especially motorcycles.
Eighty percent of all motorcycle collisions result in injury or death, but many of the more “minor” accidents are not reported and often the motorcyclist with a sore knee or neck will just walk it off and go home with a scratch on the helmet or gas tank and chalk it up to experience. That’s not a prudent move.
Often injuries sustained in traffic collisions don’t become apparent until hours or even days later. That “stiff neck” may actually be a serious injury that will torment you for years to come. A sore knee could actually be a torn ligament that will require expensive surgery to repair.
Some motorcyclists will refer to hitting their head on the pavement as “having their bell rung” but traumatic brain injuries are very serious and often have life-long detrimental effects including headaches, dizziness, and even internal bleeding.
If you’re in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness, do not treat it like a minor incident. Take the time to report the accident to the authorities and document everything that happened. If there are witnesses to the event, speak with them and ask for their contact information. Take photographs if you can of the accident scene, the other vehicle(s), damage to your motorcycle, and any external injuries. Get yourself checked out by a doctor right away and be very thorough about describing your aches and injuries.
Finally, but very important: Contact a personal injury attorney. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident you have rights, but it’s important to understand what to do to make sure they are protected. Waiting can cause a lapse in evidence that may be available only for a short time. Documenting injuries and damage should be done promptly. Witnesses can leave the area or lose their recollections of events. There are statutes of limitations.
South Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The main job of a personal injury attorney is to protect your rights and to see that you receive all appropriate care and compensation for physical injuries, mental and psychological harm, and financial damages that were the fault of someone else. Doing so requires extreme effort because insurance companies don’t like paying out money and we often have to fight them to live up to their duties and responsibilities. We’re on your side from the first consultation, which you can arrange by calling (954) 356-0006.