Most wrecks involving motorcycles and automobiles are due to a lack of attention on the part of the driver of the automobile. This problem is compounded by the increasing number of people who use cell phones while they are driving. When an automobile makes contact with a motorcycle, the motorcycle rider is the one who will, in all likelihood, be more seriously injured. These injuries oftentimes require emergency medical treatment, surgery, an extended stay in a hospital, and rehabilitation. Far too often, they result in death.
A motorcycle wreck is different in many ways than a wreck simply involving two or more automobiles. It is far likely that your motorcycle will be damaged beyond repair and that you will be transported by ambulance to the hospital. Decisions that you make during this relatively short period of time can have a significant effect on the likelihood of you being fully compensated for your resulting losses, to include:
- The value of your motorcycle and protective gear
- The cost of towing and storing your motorcycle
- Your medical bills, prescription medications, and related expenses
- Time missed from work
- Long-term or permanent injuries
- Pain and suffering and associated problems
At the Ryder Law Firm we have over 23 years’ experience assisting motorcycle owners and riders who have been involved in serious, even fatal, wrecks. We understand the many differences between a “car wreck” and a motorcycle wreck and work diligently to preserve and evaluate key evidence, while, at the same time, protecting your rights. We work closely with investigators, accident reconstructionists, and medical experts to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve for you injuries and other resulting losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle wreck, contact us so that we can put our expertise and resources to work for you.
Immediately after the wreck occurs, certain steps must be taken to preserve critical evidence and to protect your rights:
- Contact 9-1-1 and notify them that you have been involved in a wreck.
- Do not move (or allow anyone else to move) your motorcycle or any debris until the police or other law enforcement officials have arrived and recorded its location and resulting damage.
- Get the name, address, and contact information for the driver of the other vehicle and all witnesses to the wreck.
- If injured, seek immediate medical attention and follow all instructions/restrictions provided by your treating physician.
- Take your helmet, gear, and any broken or lost parts and place them in a box or bag to preserve as evidence. Do not throw any of these items away (or allow emergency medical personnel to discard them). Do not give them to an insurance adjuster or investigator.
- Have your motorcycle taken to your home or a local body shop, where it is out of the way and not exposed to rain and weather. This is a crucial piece of evidence. Do not settle your property damage claim or release your motorcycle until several high quality photographs have been taken of it. To do so could be extremely detrimental to your case.
- Take photographs of all of your visible injuries and resulting damage to your helmet and other protective gear as soon as is practical. Save these pictures on a CD or PEN drive.
- Do not provide a recorded statement (assume all telephone conversations are being recorded) to an adjuster or investigator.
- Obtain a copy of the Alabama Uniform Traffic Crash Report from the police department or other law enforcement agency.
- Contact the Ryder Law Firm and we will evaluate your case and further advise you as to the best course of action to take.