Probably the biggest difference between a car accident and a motorcycle accident is the amount of physical damage that is done to both the vehicle and the driver. Motorcyclists are at a natural disadvantage on Washington roadways because there are fewer wheels gripping the pavement and less protection being provided to the driver in the event of a collision.
These differences make it even more important that a motorcycle accident victim takes the proper steps after an accident so that they may file a claim and be reimbursed for their medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. All too often, motorcyclists are unaware of the potential mistakes that can be made and suffer financial consequences as a result because they did not properly handle their own case.
Underestimating Injuries after a Motorcycle Accident
As I mentioned earlier, the severity of property damage and personal injuries from a motorcycle accident are typically much more severe because of the lack of protection. Obviously this makes collisions much more devastating, but it can also make a motorcycle accident case more complicated for the victim to handle.
Almost 50 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in fatal injuries to the motorcyclist, an indicator of just how vulnerable riders are when they are involved in a crash. But for those who are fortunate enough to survive a collision, the chances that they are seriously injured are also quite high.
In all types of collisions, including those involving motorcycles, it is important for the accident victim to immediately seek medical attention for their injuries. But because of the vulnerable nature of motorcycle accidents, injuries may be more severe than they first appear which can cause long-term physical and financial problems for the victim.
It is important for crash victims to track progress during the recovery stages by continuing to check in with their doctor. This will ensure that there are medical records documenting the extent of the injuries that resulted from the motorcycle accident and the doctor’s professional opinion on the types of treatment that will be required in the future.
Preserving Evidence and Finding Witnesses
In most cases, someone will have seen the events leading up to the motorcycle accident and be able to provide witness testimony to the police. This testimony will eventually be a significant component of the evidence regarding your case, as it will help the police determine who is at fault for the crash. Pictures of the scene of the accident will also be helpful in determining the at-fault driver.
In addition to determining fault, your motorcycle accident case will need evidence that proves the extent of your injuries. Medical records are the most important piece of evidence because they provide detailed medical information about the extent of your injuries. In addition, the records will give an itemized list of your medical costs and allow you to track how much you deserve to be compensated.
Of course, accident victims always have the option of hiring a qualified motorcycle accident attorney with a license to practice law in the state where the accident occurred. Specifically, an experienced attorney will be familiar with handling motorcycle accident cases and be able to use that experience to help guide you through your case. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and would like to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact our office today at 206-727-4000.