Motorcycle accident results usually end up worse than a car wreck. The level of protection drivers have around them is completely different. If your motorcycle wreck causes injuries that are not your fault, you deserve compensation. First you have to prove your case. Personal injury attorneys at Springer & Lyle have experience dealing with motorcycle victims. Here are a few things you should know before filing a claim.
Get proper records at the scene of the accident
Some people stereotype motorcyclist as being reckless or daredevils. That may make it more difficult to prove you’re the victim. The best thing to do is follow protocol. Call police to the scene at the time of the accident. Don’t accept blame for something you didn’t do. Take photos, get statements and begin gathering any evidence to support proving your injuries, property damage and that you’re not at fault.
Prepare yourself for comparative negligence
If you file a personal injury claim after a motorcycle wreck, know that other parties may use comparative negligence in their defense. This concept potentially places partial blame on you for the accident. Holding you responsible for you or the other party’s damages could be due to not wearing a helmet, not signaling, or parts missing from your bike. Your attorney can prep you on comparative negligence and how the legal process may go with defendant questions and document requests.
Understand how personal injury compensation works with a motorcyclist accident
The amount of personal injury compensation depends on several factors, including the type of injuries sustained in the motorcycle accident.
Some injuries from motorcycle accidents include:
- Road Rash
- Broken bones
- Facial damage
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death
Compensation can include the financial or economic damage sustained as a result of your injuries. Medical expenses and lost wages can be a part of this. It can also include pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring, disfigurement and permanent impairment. Damages may also consider your quality of life due to mental or physical changes. A good legal team will be able to explain the type of personal injury compensation you may be entitled to.