Motorcycle accidents have claimed the lives of many motorcyclists and pedestrians. Despite the safety measures to minimize motorcycle accidents, they are still rampant and witnessed daily. Regardless of how careful you are on the road, an accident can still occur. Motorcycle accidents can cause life-threatening injuries, which can be costly.
In addition to physical injuries, you have to deal with the emotional and mental effects of the accident. This can be challenging to handle all by yourself. You can reach out to a Richmond motorcycle accident lawyer from Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers for support and legal aid.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are prevalent and can be both fatal and catastrophic. Extra care should be taken when riding motorbikes. Typically, these accidents are caused by negligent drivers who fail to comply with traffic rules or drive while distracted. However, the small size of motorcycles can prevent them from being seen at intersections or on the road.
Nevertheless, motorcycle accidents may also be triggered by other factors. These factors include intoxication, dangerous driving, poor visibility, poor road conditions, sudden braking, vehicle malfunction, unsafe switching of lanes, and many more.
Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers recommend taking safety precautions while on the road to avoid tragedy from hitting you or a family member.
Tips to Prevent Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
While some accidents are unavoidable, there are things that you can do to minimize injuries when they happen. Wearing protective gear such as a helmet can shield your head from injuries during a collision. You should adjust the helmet until it fits your head and wear long pants, elbow padding, a canvas or leather jacket, and eyewear to increase protection.
Before you get a motorcycle, it is important to know how to handle breaks and maneuver in all types of weather. If it has been a few years since you took a road skills test, you can take a riding safety course from time to time to sharpen your skills. Most importantly, it would help if you avoided: riding when drunk, texting when riding, disobeying traffic rules, and maneuvering unnecessarily.
Things to Avoid After a Motorcycle Accident
Actions you take immediately after a motorcycle accident can ruin or increase your chances of getting compensation. Regardless of the physical pain and confusion after the accident, you must be alert. (If you cannot do so, you will need to rely heavily on police and witness statements.)
Don’t record any statement with insurance adjusters because they can use it against you and as a basis to lower the value of your claim. Also, it would help if you didn’t assume that the party at fault would accept liability. Ensure that you take photos of the accident scene, the parties involved in the accident, and your injuries.
It is dangerous to assume that you aren’t injured after a motorcycle accident without being examined by medical personnel. Many injuries only manifest symptoms after several hours of the accident occurring. Also, if you refuse to seek medical help, insurance companies may assume that your injuries aren’t severe or claim that they aren’t real.
It is best to seek medical attention after a motorcycle accident. This can help ensure that you receive fair compensation later.
Damages You Can Sue For
It would help if you didn’t shy away from demanding compensation that you are rightfully entitled to. There are various categories of damages that you can sue for if you get injured in a motorcycle accident. Some damages can be easily calculated, such as compensatory damages, while general damages can be challenging to prove and calculate.
Compensatory damages include:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Any other out-of-pocket expenses that are directly associated with your accident
General damages are non-economic, including pain and suffering, emotional torture, loss of companionship, and quality of life. While it can be easy to sue for compensatory damages, you may need the help of a lawyer to sue for general damages successfully.
Factors That Determine the Value of Your Claim
Several factors are considered when establishing the value of your claim. Typically, the most significant factor that affects the value of your claim is the type of injury you received.
Life-altering injuries such as brain damage, paralysis, and loss of limbs usually attract larger payouts. This is due to the trauma they cause and the high costs required to cater to current medical care, rehabilitation, and future medical care.
Suppose you sustain life-altering injuries from a motorcycle accident. In that case, our lawyers at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers will work to get you the maximum compensation that can support you for the rest of your life.
Our Attorneys Can Help You
After a motorcycle accident, the recovery process can be tedious and lengthy. The negative impact of the accident can hinder you from effectively handling matters concerning your case. Our lawyers at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can be of great help to get you through this.
As soon as you contact them, they can collect the evidence required to create a strong case file. After examining your injuries and assessing your damages, they can calculate the reasonable compensation amount for your injuries and damages.
Our lawyers at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers have over 400 years of combined legal experience. Contact us for a free consultation with no obligation on your part.