It happens in an instant – one moment you are riding your motorcycle, loving life and the next you are laying on the asphalt, injured, next to a damaged bike. As you hear onlookers ask if you are alright and the sound of sirens in the distance, you assess your condition. It’s clear that you have been injured, and your immediate thoughts go to your family. Who is going to let them know? What will happen if you cannot work?
Serious injuries are common after motorcycle crashes. Unlike drivers of cars or trucks, motorcycle riders do not have a steel cage or other barrier to protect them. There are no airbags to prevent trauma. They are protected only by their helmet (if they are wearing one) and their clothing. Broken bones and soft tissue damage are very common. Road rash is present in most every motorcycle crash. But broken bones can be treated, and road rash will heal. The most devastating injury that occurs in far too many motorcycle crashes is a traumatic brain injury.
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A traumatic brain injury or concussion may appear mild, at first. You might not notice more than a bit of confusion. Perhaps you blacked out for a few seconds and things look a little blurry. Maybe you have a dull headache and feel a bit sick to your stomach. You might even feel that you escaped the motorcycle crash unscathed for the most part – but you would be wrong. The real effects of a concussion can take a bit of time to develop. As the brain begins to swell, you may notice you feel worse. You cannot concentrate, your speech may be a bit impaired. Your headache could get worse and you might begin to vomit. These injuries – in fact, ANY head injury, are serious, and can be life altering. That is why we believe that anyone who has been in a motorcycle crash should be assessed by a medical professional immediately after their crash.
In the days and weeks following your crash, you tend to your injuries. You see the physicians and physical therapists, take your medication, follow their advice. You probably cannot work for a period of time, and you notice that medical bills have started to arrive in the mail. You’ve also been receiving phone calls from an insurance adjuster. He or she seems eager for you to talk to them, and seems to genuinely care about your well-being. They offer you a small sum in order for you to settle your case, and you may feel you should go ahead and accept it. With mounting medical bills and lost pay, you might need to cash. But here is why you should wait!
Don’t Accept a Settlement from the Insurance Company
• The insurance company does everything they can to get you to accept as little money as possible.
• The money they offer may not even be enough to cover your medical bills, not to mention time off work and pain and suffering.
• Insurance companies spend millions of dollars training adjusters to do and say anything they can to get you to accept as small a payout as possible.
• Bottom line- the insurance company is not your friend.
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That’s why it is important to have an experienced motorcycle crash attorney on your side. When you work with us, we handle the insurance company so that you don’t have to. We will work tirelessly to get you a strong and fair settlement for your case. We know from experience that the effects of motorcycle crash injuries often last for months or even years following the crash. We will do everything we can to ensure you will not have to worry about the compensation that you receive. When you put your case in our hands, you entrust it to a team with decades of experience in motorcycle law.
Contact us at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE today to discuss your case. When you call, you will speak with an attorney who will help determine how best to proceed with your case. And remember, the initial phone consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose!