In many ways, it is hard to imagine a “minor” motorcycle accident. After all, such accidents are almost always very violent events, at least as far as the motorcyclist is concerned. The bike almost always goes down, and the rider is on the bike. One-vehicle, two-vehicle, it doesn’t matter. The motorcycle rider and any passenger are out there in the open, with nothing between them and injury but a helmet and maybe some leather or other protective clothing. They will always hit another object or the ground if ejected, and if not, they are dragged with the motorcycle, grinding them between the road and the bike. Not surprisingly, in more than 80 percent of motorcycle accidents, the motorcycle rider is injured or killed. In fact, federal statistics indicate that there were 29 times as many motorcycle fatalities per vehicle mile traveled as there were in passenger vehicles. Given the much higher likelihood of an accident involving injury or death, motorcyclists need to be aware of activities on the road around them.
Motorcycle Accidents Happen, So What Should You Do Afterward?
On the scale of vulnerability in an accident, with an Abrams tank as a 1 as the least vulnerable, motorcycles have to be ranked as a 10. They offer their riders virtually no protection. More than 5,000 motorcycle riders died in traffic accidents in 2016, constituting more than one in eight of all traffic deaths despite the fact that motorcycles drive far fewer miles per year than do automobiles. Injuries follow a similar pattern. While many people are involved in auto accidents without injury, virtually no motorcycle riders come out of a traffic accident without at least a minor injury, such as road rash.
And when an accident is serious, when a motorcycle and a passenger car are involved the motorcycle rider pretty much always suffers the worst injuries, even though the driver of the passenger car is more often at fault.
So if you are involved in a serious motorcycle accident, what should you do? There are a number of steps you should take immediately, if you are able to, including:
- Call 911 to get emergency assistance for anyone who needs it, including yourself.
- If you can, take pictures of the crash scene and get contact and insurance information from the other driver, as well as contact information from passengers and witnesses if possible.
- Report the accident to your insurance company, but do not provide a recorded statement. That could hurt your case later if you say things that you shouldn’t.
- Contact a traffic accident attorney.
If You Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident, Contact a Miami Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should talk to a Miami personal injury attorney to discuss the possibilities for you to recover damages. Particularly for motorcycle riders, where the other driver is more likely to have been at fault, you could have a solid case for recovery. Contact Flagler Personal Injury Group at (305) 424-8445 or through our online contact form. Flagler Personal Injury Group services the greater Miami area.
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