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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of deaths from motorcycles is over 27 times the rate for the number of cars. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Report no. DOT HS-812-292. Several studies show that motorcycle deaths account for 5 percent of all highway fatalities each year. If you or your loved one have been in a motorcycle accident, below are some basic questions you may be asking yourself:
Q: I was hit by a vehicle while on my motorcycle. What should I do next?
A: The first item is to always seek prompt medical attention. Motorcycle accidents can lead to very serious injuries and it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Also, make sure that the police are called to investigate and document the accident and that they also collect contact information for the responsible parties and any witnesses.
Q: What is the most amount of compensation that I can receive for my injuries?
A: Every motorcycle accident has to be evaluated based on the specific facts and circumstances of the accident. It is important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible so that the attorney can assist in gathering the information needed to evaluate the case and determine the case value. Factors that the attorney will review are the following: the injuries involved; the insurance policy of the at fault driver; your insurance policy; the medical bills you have received; the health insurance you maintain including Medicare and Medicaid; lost income or wages; future lost earnings; property damage; pain and suffering; and the impact that the motorcycle accident has had on you and your family.
Q: If the police determined that the other person was at fault, do I receive compensation immediately?
A: No. Even though the other person may have been found at fault by the police, this will not automatically entitle you to compensation. Our attorneys at Preston & Salango will sit down with you and help you understand the types of compensation that may be available for you and we will work to file the necessary paperwork to help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Even in cases of clear liability, it is still oftentimes necessary to file a lawsuit in order to protect your rights.
Q: How long will my case take?
A: Every case is different and without knowing the facts, it is difficult to determine how long it will take to resolve your claim. Straightforward liability claims with limited medical expenses can oftentimes be resolved within a month or two after you have finished medical treatment. Other cases that are more complex can take longer.
Q: The accident took place a couple of weeks ago and the driver’s insurance company is already offering me money. Should I accept it?
A: We believe that you should consult with one of our attorneys at Preston & Salango about the offer and the situation. Over the years, we have seen insurance companies try and offer a small amount of money soon after the accident to try and get you to accept the money and “release” the driver from any fault. If you accept a check, you may be limited to that amount without any further compensation.
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, you have rights that will help you recover from these injuries. The skilled motorcycle accident attorneys at Preston & Salango have
experience representing victims of motorcycle accidents. We know motorcycle accident law and how to navigate our client’s case through the legal system to increase the chance of a full and fair recovery. Call Toll-Free 304-342-0512 to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated and experienced motorcycle accident attorney at Preston & Salango to discuss your case.