Riding a motorcycle might seem like the perfect way to really feel free while on the open road, but it also means there’s an increased risk of you getting seriously hurt. Motorcycle accidents are a serious problem in the United States. Most drivers fail to respect motorcycle riders, and will often pass to close or cut them off. Following an accident, the driver of the passenger vehicle often report that they didn’t even see the motorcycle until it was too late. According to data collected by the federal government in 2013, the number of fatal crashes involving motorcycles was 26 times higher than that involving passengers in cars. What is really alarming is the fact that the number of car/motorcycle accidents appear to be on the rise. In 2012, the Department of Transportation reported that the number of motorcyclists killed in accidents increased 7% from the year before.
When it comes to motorcycle vs car accidents, there are very few times when the person on the motorcycle is responsible. If you were in just such an accident, it’s likely you sustained serious injuries. The insurance companies are supposed to handle both your medical expenses and any lost wages you experience, but sometimes insurance companies don’t do what they’re supposed to, and come up with a wide assortment of excuses about why they shouldn’t have to cover the expenses.
Don’t try arguing with the insurance company. Generally, that’s just a waste of time. Instead, you should take your story to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. The motorcycle accident attorney has the knowledge and the connection sot make sure you’re reimbursed for your medical bills, damaged property, loss of income, and your suffering.
Even though you want to act quickly, you don’t want to align yourself with an attorney that doesn’t have the skills, knowledge, or connections needed to make sure you get the settlement you deserve. Give yourself enough time to research local attorneys. Get an idea about what type of cases they routinely handle and how successful they’ve been in the past. If possible, look for an attorney that has dealt with the insurance company that is giving you a hard time.
When it comes to motorcycle cases, no two are exactly the same. Even though many motorcycle settlements are reached outside of court, from the very beginning, your attorney should approach the situation as if it will be heard before a judge. In order to make sure you get your settlement, your attorney will do more than just file some paperwork and inform the insurance company of your intentions, they’ll also launch and intense investigation that carefully analyzes every aspect of the accident that resulted in your injury.
Once you have enlisted the services of a motorcycle accident lawyer, you need to refrain from having any contact with the people and company on the other side of the accident. If they try to contact you, let your attorney know and sit tight. Any discussions you have with the defendants could jeopardize your settlement.