If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident there are many things that can be done immediately to increase your chances of a future recovery.
- Gather and preserve evidence. The scene of the accident should be video recorded and photographed. This includes damage to the motorcycle or other vehicles, skid marks and damage to guard rails, the road, telephone poles and other physical features. Witness names, contact information and statements should be gathered.
- Seek medical attention for any possible injuries. Every injury you have should be documented by medical personnel and your own photographs.
- Contact an attorney immediately. An attorney can help guide you with the many decisions regarding a future recovery for your damages.
Motorcycle accidents are different from automobile accidents. Insurance coverage is different and injuries sustained are likely to be more severe than in a car accident.
Motorcyclists are not permitted to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP). If the motorcyclist was not at fault they can seek damages from the party causing the accident. A motorcycle accident victim may actually collect more in damages than a car accident victim because PIP restrictions do not apply.
A motorcyclist accident victim may be able to recover for several types of damages including:
Medical expenses: Medical expenses can include payment for medical helicopter or ambulance transportation, emergency rooms fees, surgical costs, and doctor visits. Future medical expenses can also be part of your compensation. Ongoing doctor and/or chiropractic visits can be covered as well as prescription drug costs.
Lost wages: Lost wage compensation can include payment for wages you would have earned but for the accident. Lost wages may also include compensation if your ability to earn income is diminished. You may be able to recover compensation for lost wages in certain circumstances even if you were unemployed at the time of the accident.
Pain and suffering: Compensation for pain and suffering can be for physical and mental suffering. Because motorcyclists have little protection in an accident injuries are more likely to be severe. Bone fractures, head injuries, disfigurement and loss of limbs can all cause terrible physical and mental pain.
Property Damage: In an accident the motorcycle may be damaged or destroyed along with other property such as helmets, jackets, jewelry or clothing. You can be compensated for the cost to repair or replace these items.
If you or someone you know has been in a motorcycle accident call Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden & Kelley today. We can discuss the accident and give you advice on immediate actions to take and let you know your options in the future. All consultations are free. (321) 631-0506.