People that don’t ride bikes can never understand the feeling of freedom and exhilaration you feel riding down the highway on a motorcycle, but with this thrill comes risk. Motorcycles offer much less protection than closed vehicles, so it’s much more likely that you’ll suffer serious or even catastrophic injuries in a crash. It’s important to hire an attorney that’s familiar with motorcycle accident injuries and the insurance and safety laws that are often different than for other types of vehicles. That’s why you should consult with an experienced motorcycle accident injury attorney as soon as possible after your crash.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
The first thing to do after an accident is to assess the physical condition of yourself and others involved. If there are injuries, immediately call 911 for the police and an ambulance. Never let anyone talk you into “not involving the police,” and “working it out without the insurance companies,” as reporting an accident is a legal requirement as well as condition of most insurance policies. If you are able to take photos or talk to witnesses, you should do this while waiting for the police and the ambulance. If you’re injured, don’t “be brave” and refuse the ambulance. Some internal injuries may not have symptoms and failing to get immediate help can be fatal. It’s helpful for your legal matter to show that your injuries were serious and caused by this accident by going immediately to the hospital by ambulance from the scene. If your condition is stable, this would be a good time to call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney for advice based on the facts of your accident.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Since many riders still don’t wear helmets, head injuries remain the most common motorcycle accident injury. Traumatic brain injuries can be minor, severe or even fatal due to direct contact between the head and the road at high speeds. Road rash is caused by contact between the skin and the road as thin clothing is scraped away along with layers of skin. Road rash can be serious enough to cause infections or nerve damage. That’s why smart riders wear leather jackets, heavy denim pants, boots and gloves. Muscle damage can be prevented or reduced by wearing knee and elbow pads under clothing and by getting medical attention as soon as possible after a crash. Wearing protective padding can also reduce the risk of sustaining “biker’s arm,” a type of nerve damage in the arms that is a common motorcycle accident injury.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call Silva Injury Law, Inc. today!