What Happens After A Motorcycle Accident?
Monday, August 26th, 2019
Motorcyclists know the freedom that comes from riding down the road but are also aware of the dangers of an accident. It is important for every rider to understand what can happen after a motorcycle accident and what to do.
The accident may result in serious injuries
Motorcycle wrecks are known for their serious after-effects. Most riders experience long-term injuries after a wreck, including a damaged neck/spine, broken bones, and brain damage. This means that most accident victims must go through longer recovery times and may have higher medical bills.
Injuries may appear later
Some injuries do not appear right after a motorcycle accident (or any car accident). These include abdominal injuries, neck and spine injuries, head injuries, and even mental and emotional health conditions. This is why it is important to visit a hospital after being in a motorcycle accident, even if you don’t feel hurt. You can’t legally leave the scene of an accident, so if you don’t feel injured, speak with the paramedics anyway.
You will need to document your injuries
If you are not able to document your injuries at the scene of the motorcycle accident, it is likely that someone else will. The authorities and medical personnel that arrive to help should keep their own records as part of their duties. There are also documents and records that should be kept throughout your recovery.
Treatment at the scene
Insurance companies usually won’t take your motorcycle accident claim seriously if there is no documentation of injuries. Police officers and paramedics will each make their own records about their assessment of the scene and your injuries. The injuries you have when they arrive and any changes will be documented until you get to the hospital.
Once you arrive at the hospital, the paramedics will inform the attending medical professionals about their findings. If you are able, you will need to answer more questions about your injuries. You will want to be open about every pain or discomfort so that they can treat you accurately.
Recovery and follow-up care
During your recovery, you will probably need a lot of follow-up care and therapy. This will help you heal and will also give you the opportunity to keep records of any changes in your health. Be sure to attend all of your appointments and do everything the doctors tell you to do.
You shouldn’t take the first settlement offer you get
The first offer from an insurance company is not usually the best one to accept. Although it may seem smart to take the money to help pay your expenses, it probably isn’t a fair amount. You should speak with a motorcycle accident attorney before taking a settlement.
A settlement relies on more than just fault and your injuries
The insurance company will look at the extent of your injuries and the amount of fault that can be assigned to their insured. But, they will look into other factors, including any fault that you may have in the motorcycle accident. Your medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses may also be considered. An attorney can help you understand your rights and make sure the insurance company presents you with a fair offer.
You may need to seek further compensation
If an insurance company does not offer you a fair settlement or gives you trouble, it is best to contact an attorney. Motorcycle Accidents are not trivial. An attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about what to do after a motorcycle accident, contact Attorney Dean Boyd and his Team today. You can reach us by calling (806) 242-3333 or Contact Us by email for more information about our Services.