According to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), those who ride a motorcycle are more likely to face damaging injuries in the event of a crash. In fact, fatalities are 27 times more likely to occur by those riding motorcycles than those who drive motor vehicles. Because there are higher risks to those on these smaller vehicles that we use for leisure time and more, it is important to know how to protect your rights in an accident.
There are many reasons that motorcycle accidents occur on a daily basis in the U.S. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Left-turn accidents when a motor vehicle turns left in front of you, which most frequently occur at intersections
- When a car changes lanes in front of you because you are in a vehicle’s blind zone
- When a car hits you from behind because they don’t see you stopping at an intersection or stop sign
- A car opened its door while you were navigating through stationary traffic
The problem is, some of these accidents may seem like they aren’t very serious. For instance, a motor vehicle that gets hit from behind at lower speeds probably won’t lead to fatalities in such an accident. However, if that same thing happens to somebody riding a motorcycle, they could potentially lose their life if they are thrown from the motorcycle and sustain a brain injury.
Damages After a Motorcycle Accident
Most motorcycle accidents occur because somebody was acting negligently. If you have been injured in a serious motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for certain damages depending on the extent of your injuries. You may be able to recover compensatory damages like money that covers medical treatment of all kinds related to the accident, lost income when you aren’t able to return to work, and other out-of-pocket expenses. If you have sustained some of the most serious accidents, you may need a team of experts on your side to show how your injuries will have an overall effect on your life for years to come.
So, how do you preserve evidence in your motorcycle accident claim that will help you later on down the road when you are attempting to receive compensation? Most importantly, it is vital to seek medical attention. Not only is this beneficial to your health after an accident, but it can also paint a picture of the damages you have sustained and pin a diagnosis to your injuries so that you can show how they will be long-term, as told to you by a doctor. Medical expenses in the form of receipts or bills can also help show the court how much you deserve in compensation, as you have had to pay out of pocket.
It is also important to take pictures after the crash to show damage to your vehicle. This can show the courts how a vehicle came out of nowhere and hit the side of your bike, or hit you in the rear and threw you from your bike. You should also have photographs of your injuries that are dated to the day of the accident. It sometimes helps to have a police report, as this can show that a driver is at fault for your injuries and lay out everything in question in an easy-to-follow way.
Now that you understand a bit about how to move forward after your accident, seek the help of an experienced attorney who can extend a helping hand to you in your time of need. At JD Haas & Associates, we cover a variety of accident cases and would be more than happy to walk you through your motorcycle accident claim. Call us today for more information at 952-345-1025.