In the days following a motorcycle accident, you should receive medical care as soon as possible, collect evidence for your claim, and contact our firm for a free case review.
There may be other important steps for you to take that we can discuss during your free case review. The steps you take in the immediate aftermath of an accident set the foundation for your case moving forward, so it can be helpful to speak with a lawyer’s office as soon as you can for advice on how to proceed. We offer free case reviews for motorcycle accident victims.
Visit a Doctor as Soon as Possible
If you declined medical help at the scene of the accident, you should get checked out by a doctor as soon as you can afterward, especially if you are experiencing any pain.
Unfortunately, some serious injuries may not show any symptoms for days after an accident. For example, the Mayo Clinic reports that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take days or even weeks to cause symptoms.
Not getting timely medical help and a medical report may be detrimental for your health as well as for your chances of recovering adequate compensation later on. If you are thinking about suing the responsible party, you will need a medical report stating your injuries, treatments, and costs. Waiting for weeks to see a doctor can lead to the other side arguing that your injuries did not stem from the accident.
Gather Evidence Proving Your Claim
Evidence can disappear over time. Taking concrete steps for securing crucial evidence may be important in your case. If you are unable to prove the fault of the other party, you will not be able to recover compensation in a lawsuit. Important evidence can include:
- Photographs you or others took at the scene
- Witness statements
- Accident reports
- Other material documenting the accident or your injuries
Also, consider keeping a journal or diary while you are recovering where you can record your pain, medical treatments, and recovery process. This journal could help later when it comes to recovering damages for your pain and suffering.
Why Hire a Lawyer?
A motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm can get to work straight away, examine your claim fully, and inform you of your next best steps. We can assist you in several ways, including:
- Dealing with the insurance companies involved in your claim
- Calculating your damages adequately
- Obtaining evidence for your claim
- Fighting for what you deserve in court
The Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents
Unfortunately, motorcycle crashes rarely end well for riders since motorcyclists lack the protection of seat belts, airbags, and a steel cage. Even motorcyclists who do everything right and wear the appropriate protective clothing and helmet can face horrific injuries in motorcycle accidents. Injuries in motorcycle accidents can include:
- Severe road rash
- Head and brain injuries
- Herniated discs
- Injury to the spinal cord and paralysis
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
- Severed limbs
- Complicated fractures
As well as pain, suffering, and mental distress, accidents can cause steep and ongoing medical bills and significant loss of income for a victim. Tragically, motorcycle accidents can also be fatal. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), 4,985 motorcycle riders died in accidents in 2018.
If your life changed in a split second due to no fault of your own or if you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may deserve compensation for your losses.
Call the Attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices Now for Help and Advice
Especially in claims where a victim incurred high costs and immense suffering, it can be important to think about getting legal advice as soon as possible. During a free case review, a member of our team can go over our services, including:
- How we work on a “no win, no fee” basis
- How we can protect your legal rights
- How we can fight tirelessly for the compensation you may be entitled to
Do not wait to call, as there are time limits for personal injury and wrongful death claims in the state of California. You can reach us at (888) 522-6291 for your free, no-obligation case review.