You may want to hire an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer for a minor accident, as your collision may turn out to not be minor at all. You may be especially well-served in taking precautions after a motorcycle accident, as the odds of being injured in a motorcycle accident are significantly higher than accidents involving other types of vehicles.
Injuries Are Common in Motorcycle Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 80% of motorcycle accidents result in either fatal or non-fatal injury. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you are statistically likely to suffer some sort of injury. Even if you feel that you are not injured just after the accident, you may later discover that you were in fact injured.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that wearing a helmet could help protect a motorcyclist from dying, but you or your loved one may have suffered one or more serious injuries despite wearing a helmet. Some injuries that may come from a motorcycle accident include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Severe scrapes or burns caused by your skin making contact with the road
- Damage to your internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injury
Symptoms of your injuries may not be immediately apparent. The Mayo Clinic notes that symptoms of traumatic brain injury, for example, may take days or even weeks to become apparent. For this reason, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer so that you do not forfeit your right to pursue compensation after a motorcycle accident.
Motorists Must Be Alert to Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists are substantially more exposed to danger than those inside vehicles, for several reasons. Motorcycles lack several of the safety features that other vehicles generally have, including:
- A metal enclosure
- A seatback
The exposure to the elements may be an appeal for motorcycle riders, but it can present great danger when an accident occurs. Motorcyclists may be thrown from the bike upon contact with another vehicle, an occurrence that may cause injuries beyond the initial collision. This great risk of injury heightens the importance of other motorists doing all they can to avoid accidents with motorcyclists.
Some steps that motorists may take to avoid causing motorcycle collisions include:
- Ensuring headlights, brake lights, and mirrors are working and engaged when necessary
- Providing ample space for motorcyclists to navigate
- Checking intersections thoroughly before turning or passing through
- Double-checking blind spots before changing lanes
- Being sober and in an emotionally sound state before driving
- Avoiding distracted driving
Those who do not take necessary precautions may cause severe or fatal injury, and could be responsible for the effects of such injury.
You May Deserve Coverage for Your Losses
You could be entitled to awards for losses stemming from your motorcycle accident. Whether you lost a loved one or were personally injured, a lawyer may be able to represent you as you seek any compensation that you should be entitled to.
Knowing how a lawyer can help may help you decide whether you should hire an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer, even for an accident you consider minor. A lawyer will be the first line of defense against those who would violate your rights, and will provide advice and strategy regarding how you may pursue compensation. If you bring a lawsuit, then your lawyer may also:
- Determine how much compensation you should be entitled to based on your accident-related losses
- Gather evidence of your accident
- Refer you to medical professionals and obtain documentation of your injuries and medical costs
- File your lawsuit
- Complete any paperwork required to finish your lawsuit
- Negotiate a settlement
- File any necessary appeals
Your lawyer may have experience handling motorcycle accident cases similar to yours, and may have knowledge of relevant statutes and laws. They will use any relevant experience and their legal resources to fight for the compensation that you deserve.
Possible Accident-Related Compensation
You could obtain compensation for some or all of your accident-related losses through a judgement or settlement. Some losses for which you may be entitled to coverage are:
- Lost income
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Physical therapy
- Psychological therapy
- Cognitive therapy
You may be entitled to compensation for additional losses, and you could collect awards for the cost of losing a loved one if you bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Those awards could include funeral expenses and loss of consortium, which the Legal Information Institute (LII) explains covers losses related to a loved one’s passing.
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