Not only are motorcyclists minimally protected in an auto accident, they are also much more likely to have a tough time proving their case for compensation. Far too many people have serious misperceptions regarding motorcyclists—they believe motorcycle riders are risk-takers who drive too fast and too recklessly. The reality is far, far different, however among a jury, there are bound to be those who believe the stereotypes.
Motorcyclists are usually severely injured when they are involved in an accident with a vehicle. Those in the vehicle are surrounded by a metal and glass “cage,” and have safety belts and airbags to protect them in the event of a collision. The only safety features a motorcyclist has is a helmet and protective leathers, however the body of the motorcyclist is still very vulnerable to injury.
What this means is that a motorcyclist who is struck by a negligent driver could be facing months, years or a lifetime of medical procedures, medical bills and lost wages. Then when a claim is filed by the injured motorcyclist, he or she faces yet another round of challenges in proving the accident was caused by the driver of the vehicle and was not due to reckless behaviors.
What You Must Do Following a Motorcycle Accident
Of course, the very first thing you must do following a motorcycle accident is to seek immediate medical attention. Even if you feel you are not hurt that severely, you should still see a doctor to ensure you really are okay. Many times, following an auto accident, the adrenaline in your system is so strong that you fail to realize you have been injured until much later. Neck injuries in particular can show up hours, days or even weeks following your accident which is why it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. After tending to your health, you should consider talking to an experienced Oregon motorcycle accident attorney who will protect your rights and your future.
Most Common Motorcycle Injuries
As noted, motorcycle accident injuries tend to be extremely serious and can include fractures, road rash, brain trauma and spinal cord injuries. Quite often, those involved in a motorcycle accident can acquire severe infections from their road rash injuries. Brain trauma is always a possibility for an unprotected motorcyclist, particularly when no helmet is worn. Spinal cord injuries leading to some level of paralysis are also fairly common in serious motorcycle accidents. All of these types of injuries can lead to lifelong health problems, and significant medical bills. Those who are unable to return to work because of the accident will also have difficulty paying their regular monthly bills.
Helping Your Oregon Motorcycle Attorney Help You
After seeking medical attention, if there is any way possible, it is extremely helpful to take photographs of the scene of the accident. If you are unable to do so, see if you can have someone else take the photos, which could potentially prove invaluable later on. Write down everything you can remember about the accident so you will be better able to prove fault or negligence on the part of the person who hit you. If there were any witnesses to the accident, try to get a statement from them and write down names and addresses so your attorney can speak to the witnesses. Take photos of the damages to your motorcycle as well and remember that speaking to an insurance company prior to seeking legal counsel can significantly complicate the claims process.
How Will My Motorcycle Attorney Help Me?
A knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney can assist you in the necessary steps which follow an accident. There may be many expenses which arise over the weeks and months following your accident which you could not anticipate. Your attorney has dealt with these issues time and time again, and has a better idea of your future needs than you do at this point. Your attorney will also be skilled at presenting your case to a jury in the best light possible. You may need long term therapy or rehabilitative care for months or even years following your accident. Your medical expenses may be mounting at an alarming rate, leaving you wondering how you will ever manage to pay them. Even if you have insurance you are still responsible for a certain percentage of the expense, and if you suffered serious injuries this percentage can amount to a very large sum of money.
Contact Our Oregon Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Oregon, we can help. Keith Dozier and his associates have successfully recovered millions for injured motorcyclists in Portland, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, Salem, and throughout the state of Oregon. We know how to tackle these complex accident cases – and win. Call us today at (503) 594-0333 for a free initial consultation and review of your case.