Motorcycle accidents are often the most serious type of motor vehicle crash. With little external protection, riders are more exposed and subject to severe injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle collision, our motorcycle accident attorneys can help. At our Boise, ID, firm, our lawyers are familiar with these kinds of cases. They can also handle very serious incidents such as wrongful death and accidents involving traumatic brain injury. At Mauk, Miller, Hawkins PLLC, our attorneys will work tirelessly to seek justice and obtain the full compensation that you deserve. Contact our staff today to schedule your free, personal consultation.
Understanding Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are far more likely to result in serious injury than car accidents. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that, per mile, the number of motorcycle fatalities was more than 27 times higher than the number of car fatalities. Even when riders survive an accident, injuries can be very serious. These may include:
- Broken bones
- Full or partial paralysis
- Skin abrasion
- Serious injuries to the limbs, requiring amputation
- Soft tissue injuries, such as torn ligaments
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is among the most serious types of damage. Fortunately, wearing a helmet can dramatically reduce your risk for TBI.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can happen for many reasons. In some cases, poor road conditions or defective parts can cause a crash, with or without another vehicle. However, the majority of motorcycle accidents involve a collision with a car. Common causes include:
- Failure to obey traffic laws
- Driver inattention to smaller motorcycles
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Distracted driving
- Motorcyclists who ride in a car’s blind spot
- Lane splitting
What to Do after a Motorcycle Accident
When you act quickly following a motorcycle accident, you are more likely to obtain the compensation you deserve. If necessary, you should first seek medical attention. Often, traumatic brain injuries will not be apparent immediately after an accident. Instead, symptoms will occur gradually. For this reason it is vital that you visit a doctor, even if you do not notice any symptoms. Additionally, when you do not seek medical care right away, the responsible party may be able to escape legal liability for your personal injury.
If possible, you should start gathering evidence immediately following your accident. You will want to take photos of your motorcycle, the other car, road conditions, and skid marks. Ask eyewitnesses what they saw and obtain their contact information. You should also get the names of any police officers present.
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Next, you should file a claim with your insurance company. Do not be too quick to settle on a claim, and do not talk to the other person’s insurance company without a lawyer. Far too often, companies will make an offer that is much lower than you deserve. You should keep detailed records of your accident and all resulting bills. It may help to keep a "Life Impact Journal," tracking the ways that the incident has affected you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Our attorneys have years of experience in personal injury, and are ready to go to trial when necessary. We are familiar with traumatic brain injury, and will provide compassionate counsel for you and your loved ones. Additionally, at Mauk, Miller, Hawkins PLLC, we will not charge a fee unless we win your case. We will fight aggressively to get you the money you deserve.
Contact Us for a Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Mauk, Miller, Hawkins PLLC can help. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to seek justice and obtain the full compensation that you deserve. To find out if you are eligible to pursue a motorcycle accident lawsuit, contact our firm today.
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