Nothing truly beats the freedom of a motorcycle. The downside is that they are notably less crashworthy than other types of motor vehicles. When an accident occurs between a motorcycle and another vehicle (like a car or truck), the motorcycle rider is typically the one to suffer the worst injury. Should you find yourself stuck in these unfortunate circumstances, make sure to follow the four rules of motorcycle accidents to protect your legal rights.
1.Report the Accident as Soon as It Happens
Don’t wait to notify the police and your insurance company of the accident. The sooner you report it, the sooner you can get started on the path to compensation. If you wait, you may end up forfeiting any legal right you have to compensation. That said, remember not to admit fault to anyone.
2.Seek Immediate Medical Attention
It is never a good idea to walk off a serious injury. When it comes to your health, it is best to err on the side of caution. See a medical professional immediately after a crash, even if your injury seems minor on the surface. Internal injuries and road rash are very common in motorcycle crashes. A doctor will ensure such injuries are treated promptly to prevent further complications and infection.
3.Follow Through with Follow-Up Appointments
To preserve your health and your legal rights, make sure to go through the full length of treatment. If you do not, your injury may worsen. What’s more, skipping treatment is a surefire way to lose credibility in your case. For example, the other party may use the fact that you stopped treatment as “proof” that your injury was not so bad, regardless of whether you are still in pain.
4.Never Take the First Settlement Offer
It is pretty well guaranteed that the liable party’s first settlement offer will be less than what you deserve. Make sure you know the value of your claim—calculate your damages and consult a legal professional about your rights. Then, use this knowledge to negotiate with the insurance company.
Bonus Tip: Hire a Professional Lawyer
Hiring a lawyer is not a rule or requirement, but they can help you negotiate with the insurance company and at-fault party. They can also make navigating the legal process a whole lot easier so that you can focus your attention on healing. A lawyer will ensure you are not cheated out of your fair compensation, taking the time to handle all legal difficulties on your behalf.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle crash, contact our Fort Lauderdale attorneys at Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. We will fight to recover your full compensation through a favorable settlement or verdict and, in the meantime, work out a short-term solution to get you the help you need now. Call (954) 467-8800 today for a free consultation!