We all know the phrase, “accidents happen”. It’s an unfortunate product of driving around in the modern world. People make mistakes. Those mistakes have the probability to cause a serious, sometimes fatal, accident. People text and drive too fast, or are impaired when they drive making matters worse. No matter the reason, driving can be dangerous. If you ride a motorcycle, no one has to tell you that motorcyclists face a danger that automobiles drivers do not.
If you find yourself in a motorcycle accident, the dedicated team of Insurance & Accident Lawyers at Freundlich & Littman, LLC are here to stand by your side. They will fight to make sure that you are whole again. Contact the Attorneys today. Call us today at 215-545-8500 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation.
Increases and Differences with Motorcycle Accidents
Chances are that you have seen the yellow “Watch for motorcycles” signs on cars and on media outlets. Motorcyclists face extra dangers when they take their bike out for a drive. First, all drivers have blind spots. A blind spot refers to an area of your vision that becomes impaired when operating a motor vehicle. Most times, the rear of your car blocks the vision. On tractor-trailers, the blind spots are increased. Motorcyclists, due to their size, often become hard to see in blind spots. When people look in their mirrors to change lanes, they might not see the motorcyclist as well as they would have seen another car.
The second reason for the increased danger is the lack of physical protection for motorcyclists. Cars are caged and tested in such a way to shield the drivers and passengers from certain injuries in the event of an accident. Motorcyclists do not have the luxury. Add lack of a decent helmet into the mix, and the injuries could be catastrophic.
What does this mean for motorcyclists? It likely means serious injuries and higher medical bills.
What Should I Do First?
As a general safety precaution, be mindful of motorcyclists when driving. If you strike a motorcyclist, do not flee the scene even if you fear the worst. Fleeing the scene of a motorcycle accident or any accident is a criminal offense. Stop immediately and get to a safe spot so that you can call 911. If you are a motorcyclist, do your best to stay still if you are thrown from your bike. Doctors recommend that you do not move until emergency medical professionals arrive at the scene of the motorcycle accident. Head and spinal injuries are increased dramatically in motorcycle accidents. Moving around even though you feel fine could actually injure you further.
After seeking emergency medical attention, you should contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer before contacting your insurance company. Your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company will try to obtain information out of you. This information can be later used against you to deny coverage. Contact the Attorneys today. Call us today at 215-545-8500 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation.
After the motorcycle accident, you may be contacted by your insurance company. The contact will be made through a representative or an insurance adjustor. They will ask you questions about motorcycle accident, especially if the injuries were severe or costly. Insurance companies are businesses, after all. Business do not want to pay out more than they have to because it cuts into their profits. Hopefully, the process to get the money you deserve will be quick and simple; however, insurance companies sometimes try to fight their policy holders.
Even though insurance companies make promises to pay for the injuries of their policyholders, they do not always come through. That is where it is important to have an experienced insurance and accident lawyer fighting on your side. Contact the Attorneys today. Call us today at 215-545-8500 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation.
What is next?
If you attempt to handle the insurance companies on your own, the insurance companies may get back to you with an initial number for coverage of your motorcycle accident, it may not be enough. Sometimes, they do not offer you a settlement offer at all, claiming that you are owed nothing. Whatever the situation, you are not legally obligated to accept the payout following your motorcycle accident. If anyone at the insurance company is pressuring you, contact an attorney immediately.
If the insurance situation is figured out, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses from the other driver. In this situation, you will need a qualified legal team to mount a case against the other motorist who was responsible for your injuries. If you need advice or assistance, contact the legal team of accident and injury lawyers at Freundlich & Littman, LLC. Call us today at 215-545-8500 or email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation.