Accidents happen every single day on the roads all across the world. Some are more severe than others, especially when motorcycles are involved. With motorcycle accidents, riders and passengers tend to be far more injured than when involved in standard automobile accidents due to the lack of a shell protecting the body. If you have recently been involved in a motorcycle accident, here are three questions that you may find particularly beneficial:
1. Is the Motorcycle Driver Always At-Fault?
It isn't at all uncommon for people to blame the person on the motorcycle when a motorcycle accident occurs; however, the motorcycle rider is not always the person at fault. In fact, when motorcycle accidents occur, it is quite possible that more than one party is to blame. It could be the driver of the motorcycle, the passenger on the motorcycle, the driver of another vehicle, or someone else entirely. It will all come down to how the accident occurred. If the blame is split between multiple parties, often known as comparative liability, the majority of the blame will need to be on a party other than the motorcycle driver in order for him or her to be awarded a portion or all of the damages (depending on the laws of the driver's residing state).
2. Should Medical Care Be Refused If You Don't Feel Hurt?
After being involved in a motorcycle accident, you will likely be in shock and running on an adrenaline rush. You may not feel any pain, even though you are suffering from internal or external injuries. When left untreated, internal injuries will worsen and can often result in death. Therefore, it is imperative that you seek medical attention whether you feel like you have been injured or not. It is always better to be safe than sorry. After all, seeking immediate medical attention may help your insurance and/or legal claim for monetary damages later on.
3. Is It Okay to Talk to an Insurance Agent Alone?
After your motorcycle accident, you need to phone your insurance company to report the accident. It is also a good idea to get in touch with the other driver's insurance company. However, you should never negotiate with an insurance company without an attorney from a place like D Chadwick Calvert Law Office present. Insurance companies are businesses that are trying to make a profit, which means that there is a good chance that they may try to give you a low-ball settlement offer to get you out the door. This offer is not going to be anywhere near what you deserve and what your claim is truly worth. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can keep your best interests in mind as he or she fights to get the compensation that you deserve.