What to Expect Following a Motorcycle Crash
A motorcycle crash can be one of the most stressful times in your life. The injuries tend to be serious and you’ll be forced to deal with numerous responsibilities at once, from medical care to financial support to legal issues.
Knowing what to expect following a motorcycle crash can spell the difference between physical and financial recovery, or lifelong disability and bankruptcy. With expert legal guidance from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, you can move on from your motorcycle accident and focus on getting better.
What to Expect in the Immediate Aftermath
Even if you’re shaken and don’t feel like you’ve been hurt in the crash, your injuries could be life-threatening. In the aftermath of the accident, allow yourself to be transported to the hospital emergency room even if you feel okay.
Helmets can only protect you so much. A brain injury might not show up right away, so you need to be examined by a medical professional who can rule out things like whiplash or a brain bleed.
It’s also not unusual for you or someone else to be trapped under another vehicle or debris, but don’t move the victim. Moving them should only be done if it’s necessary to save their life, or else you risk injuring them further. Likewise, move the involved vehicles out of the road only if it’s safe to do so.
From there, you should ensure that no one leaves the motorcycle crash scene until law enforcement officials arrive. Getting a report for your accident and having witnesses to the immediate aftermath can help you get the evidence right away for your claim.
Unfair Tactics from the Insurance Company
New York motorcycle law and motorcycle insurance are complicated. Motorcycles don’t have the same coverage options in New York as a car would offer, which means you may have fewer options for recovery. Your insurance company may do everything in its power to avoid suing, too.
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, which means they’re more focused on protecting their profits than protecting your financial health and future. Because of this, they may use some of the following tactics to avoid paying for your motorcycle accident:
- Lowballing a settlement offer
- Delaying responses
- Using your words against you
- Refusing to contact you
- Claiming you were responsible for the accident
If you’ve been subjected to any of these unfair tactics, your lawyer can help. Bring your claim to a motorcycle accident attorney who can help you recover the funds you’re due, both economic and non-economic.
An Attorney Can Help You Understand Your Legal Options
At Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, we have experience working closely with medical providers and have the right tools at our disposal, such as accident reconstruction experts. We can help ensure that any settlement offer reflects the total value of your injuries.
Ready for a free consultation? Our lawyers are prepared to discuss your claim and help you get the aid you need following a motorcycle accident. Call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) for a free consultation or fill out our online form, below.