There is no better feeling than driving your motorcycle on the open road. While this may be something you enjoy, you also realize there is risk involved. What would happen if a car cuts you off? What would happen if a truck suddenly stops?
Potential Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents, unfortunately, often lead to serious injuries. Motorcycles do not have the same safety features as motor vehicles and in many cases, the driver is thrown from the motorcycle. Just a few of the potential injuries that a driver can incur from a motorcycle accident include:
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Permanent scarring
- Permanent disfigurement
- Loss of limbs
- Traumatic brain injury
- Temporary or permanent paralysis
- Neck and back problems
These types of injuries can lead to expensive medical procedures and time off work. Some patients may have pain, or a change in life, for years, which can be costly.
What to Do Following a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been involved in a Boston motorcycle accident, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention for your injuries. Tip: Even if you don’t think you are injured enough to receive treatment, visit a local hospital to make sure nothing happened to you as a result of the accident. Allow a local doctor to complete a thorough medical evaluation.
It is possible that you won’t feel the aches and pains that come from a motorcycle accident until many hours, or days, later. This could make it difficult to connect it to the accident.
From here, you will likely need to talk to the insurance company and tell them what happened in the accident. If there were other drivers involved, their insurance provider or lawyer, may also have questions. You might decide to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer before dealing with these things so that you can protect your rights.
Your insurance company may attempt to minimize your damages, so they can pay you less. The other drivers may attempt to place the blame on you. When you work with an experienced lawyer, they will help to protect your rights, while also fighting for any compensation that you might need to recover.
Your lawyer can handle all communications, while you focus on your recovery. Additionally, your lawyer will help you stay within the state’s strict time limits for a personal injury case.
Recoverable Compensation in a Motorcycle Accident Case
Motorcycle accidents are often expensive. By consulting with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney, you may find yourself in a position to receive compensation for the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Out of pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
Filing a claim with your insurance company often limits your compensation. But, through a personal injury claim, you may be able to collect additional compensation.
Don’t let the fear of an accident stop you from riding your motorcycle. Instead, do whatever it takes to stay as safe as possible at all times. If you do find yourself the victim in an accident, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz to discuss your case. We offer a free consultation, so there is no risk in deciding your legal options.