Motorcycle Accident FAQs
What steps to take after being involved in a motorcycle accident?
- Call 911 immediately and report your accident to the police.
- Collect information consisting of:
- eye witness statements (ask witnesses to stay until police arrive)
- photos of all damages to both vehicles
- photos of all injuries
- insurance information of all parties
- license plate information (take photo)
- drivers license information (take a photo)
- Seek medical care for any injuries. If you have a significant injury, call an ambulance right away!
- Never admit fault for the accident or speak with the other party's insurance company. Their insurance company is not out to help you.
- Call a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. If you did not proceed with any of the steps above, we recommend doing so.
When should I contact a motorcycle lawyer?
As soon as possible! After obtaining all of the evidence from the accident, make sure to give this to your lawyer to investigate your accident and pursue the compensation you may be entitled to.
What kind of compensation can I get for motorcycle crash injuries?
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Damage to your future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Psychological damages
- Permanent injury and disability
- Living expenses while you recover
What are common types of motorcycle accident cases?
- Left-turn crashes occur when a motorcycle passes through an intersection, and a car heading in the opposite direction makes a left turn into or in front of the motorcyclist.
- Rear-end crashes happen at red lights and stop signs when a car does not stop in time to avoid hitting the back of the motorcycle.
- Car-door accidents – This type of crash occurs when a driver opens a car door next to an active lane of traffic and a motorcyclist crashes into the door.
- Sudden Lane-change accidents – These are accidents where a car veers into another lane and crashes into a motorcyclist.
- Cutting a corner too close
- Sudden stops
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Dangerous road conditions
- Manufacturing defects of motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment
What kind of injuries can come from a motorcycle accident?
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe bruising
- Severe lacerations
- Road rash
- Loss of a limb
- Damage to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries in the neck