As a motorcycle rider, you are keenly aware of your vulnerability on the road. You do not have the same protection afforded the drivers of large enclosed motor vehicles. When you ride, you are alert and conscientious, doing everything possible to avoid an accident. The roads are filled with reckless and inattentive drivers. If you have been injured in an accident caused by one of them, you deserve compensation.
What to do After a Motorcycle Accident
Being hit by a vehicle will leave you dazed and confused. Once you have recovered your senses, you will need to act decisively. You should call 911. Do not assume that others will call. Chances are you were thrown from your motorcycle and may have injuries that you can neither see nor feel. You should move as little as possible. When the ambulance arrives, you should allow yourself to be taken to the emergency room. Only a qualified physician can determine the nature and extent of your injuries. And you should ensure that the examination and the course of treatment you undergo are documented and that you are given a copy of the records.
As you recover, you will need to think about the future. The first person you should call is an attorney. You should call a lawyer before you inform your insurance company of the accident. Insurance companies are interested in protecting their profits; the priority of your lawyer is to protect your interests.
Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim
If it becomes clear that the accident owed to the recklessness of the other driver, then their insurance company may offer you a low-ball settlement. You should make no commitments until your attorney has had a chance to review the offer. In fact, you should not speak directly to the insurance company of the person who hit you. You should refer all calls, emails, and text messages sent by them to your attorney.
If the settlement they offer compensates you for your hospital bills, missed work, and pain and suffering, then your lawyer may advise you to accept it. If the offer falls well short of this mark, your lawyer will press for money.
If you hear nothing from either your insurance company or the insurers of the other driver, then you will need to file a claim. This should all be done under the guidance and instruction of your lawyer.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Loscalzo & Loscalzo, P.C. at (646) 846-4776 to discuss your case with one of our personal injury attorneys today.