Riding as a passenger on a motorcycle can be a fun way to spend the day, but it also puts you in a vulnerable position without protection surrounding you. The motorcycle attorneys at Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices in Eastern Pennsylvania handle all types of accident cases and are well-versed in helping injured victims obtain compensation for their injuries. When a passenger is injured in a motorcycle accident, there are several things to consider when it comes to recovering damages.
Most people think of motor vehicle crashes as involving two or more vehicles. However, single-motorcycle accidents happen for a variety of reasons, including taking curves in the road too fast, hitting or dodging road debris, and mechanical defects or malfunction. Sometimes, even hitting a speed bump at the wrong angle can cause a bike to spin out and crash. If you’re riding as a passenger on a motorcycle, it’s crucial to always wear a helmet and adequate protective gear.
Depending on the circumstances, the motorcycle operator’s insurance should cover damages such as medical bills and lost wages for a passenger who’s injured in a single-vehicle accident. However, if the bike was wrecked due to a defect or malfunction, the parts and motorcycle manufacturer may be liable for damages. If debris in the road was there due to someone else’s negligence, it may be possible to recover damages from that party. For example, if branches from a tree in a homeowner’s yard are lying on the road and cause an accident, you may be able to bring a claim against them.
Multi-Vehicle Motorcycle Crashes
Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles often result in serious injury or death. These types of accidents usually occur when a motorist doesn’t see a motorcyclist, especially when turning left. Each case is unique, but often, an injured motorcycle passenger may file a claim against both the motorcycle operator and any other drivers who were involved.
Determining and proving who was at fault is essential in accident cases. Once you figure out who may be liable, then you can proceed with any potential claims. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney if you’ve been hurt in a crash. A lawyer who’s well-versed in handling motorcycle accident cases will thoroughly investigate the incident, identify all possible sources of compensation, and accurately calculate the value of your claim.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Getting proper medical care should be your top priority after any accident. Get yourself to safety, call 911, and wait for first responders to arrive. If you’re able, see if anyone else needs aid. Take photos of the scene, damage to vehicles, and your injuries. Obtain insurance information from the person who was operating the motorcycle and any other motorists involved in the crash. If anyone witnessed the accident, make sure to get their contact information as well.
Even if you believe your injuries are minor, don’t wait to see a health care professional. Symptoms of serious injuries such as internal bleeding may not be apparent right away, so head to the ER and get checked out. Not only will you receive treatment for any injuries, but documentation such as medical records and diagnostic test results also provide valuable evidence should you decide to file a personal injury claim down the road. Do not speak to any insurance adjusters, accept a settlement, or sign anything before discussing your case with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You Recover Maximum Compensation
Cases involving motorcycle crashes are complex. Catastrophic injuries can be life-changing and may require costly surgeries, hospital stays, physical therapy, and long-term care. Some common injuries that passengers of motorcycles often face include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken or crushed bones
- Road rash
- Internal organ damage
- Psychological conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression
- Disfigurement or permanent disability
Unfortunately, insurers often try to downplay victims’ injuries or deny claims. Motorcycle accident lawyers are familiar with these tactics, and fight to help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, wage loss, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney to Learn More
If you’ve been hurt as a passenger in a motorcycle accident, our team at Thomas, Conrad & Conrad can help. To schedule a free consultation with our motorcycle accident lawyers, you can contact us online or call our Bethlehem office at 610-867-2900. With locations in Northampton, Lehigh, Berks, and Monroe counties, we offer free case evaluations to clients throughout eastern Pennsylvania.