There’s nothing quite like riding your motorcycle. You’re totally in control. It’s just you, the motorcycle, and the road. People have been riding motorcycles for decades, and they’ll be doing it as long as there are vehicles. Motorcycles have been an enduring symbol of freedom since they rose to prominence.
However, in that, there can be danger. Unfortunately, other folks don’t take motorcycle drivers as seriously as they should. If you’re in an accident when you're driving a motorcycle, it can lead to severe repercussions for your life. There’s a misconception that, whenever there’s a motorcycle accident, it’s the fault of the person driving the motorcycle. However, studies have shown that the opposite is true. It’s usually the fault of whoever hit the motorcyclist.
At the Big Ben Lawyers, we know how important it is to ride your motorcycle. By that same token, we know how when things go wrong, they can really go wrong. Alas, motorcycles do have more deaths per accident than other vehicles. We believe that motorcycle riders should be protected. To that end, we have a proven track record of helping folks who have been injured in motorcycle accidents and making sure that they receive the compensation they deserve.
Help for Motorcyclists Immediately After an Accident
In the wake of a motorcycle accident, the right thing to do is to make sure that you’re safe. If you're in the middle of the road, see if you can move. Should you be able to, get to safety. Get out of the road. If you can’t, stay still. But, if at all possible, you want to do what you can to get out of harm’s way.
The next step is to call the authorities. You also want to get medical attention. We understand that can be contentious. Not all of us have the medical insurance situation that we would like. Moreover, you may feel that you have a serious enough accident to go to get medical help. After all, if you’ve been riding a motorcycle for any length of time, you feel tough. You're strong. You’re independent. It’s natural to feel like you don’t need to get medical assistance, particularly if there’s no obvious injury or you feel fine.
That said, do it. Go to get medical help. The reason is simple: you don’t know all of what's going on. So many times, in motorcycle accidents and other kinds of vehicular accidents, we’ve talked to people who, at the moment of the accident, felt fine, like there was nothing wrong with them. So, they didn’t get medical attention. Then, as time went on, they went back to their lives, only to find that they did eventually develop debilitating injuries. That’s the last thing we want to have happen to you. So, getting medical attention quickly is the right thing to do.
Besides, that’s one of the damages that we’re most likely to file for: medical costs. If you’re injured on your motorcycle through the recklessness or negligence of someone else, you deserve to be compensated for your medical bills. After all, you didn’t choose to get hit. You certainly didn’t want to be injured. That was caused by someone else’s actions. So, you shouldn’t have to pay for those bills. That’s one more way that we can help our clients to get the compensation they deserve.
Beyond that, we also happen to know many medical professionals who, like our firm, work on contingency. So, while you may not be able to pay for your medical bills right now, that's fine. They’ll be able to look at you and treat you on contingency too. What that means is that their fees, like ours, will be taken out of your eventual compensation instead of right away. It’s one more way that we help our clients: both by representing them and getting them back up on their feet.
A Thorough Investigation
We’ve found that some people think they hire us and the case goes right to trial. That's not at all how it works. In fact, usually one of the first steps (after we meet with you to go over what happened) is to put our experienced investigators on the case. There, they’ll be able to find out truly what happened and how it can impact you.
For example, they’ll talk to any witnesses while investigating the scene. That may not sound like much, but it can go a long way towards making sure that you get all of the compensation that you deserve. To use a hypothetical, imagine that you injure your head in a motorcycle accident. The other driver ran a stop sign, so they’re definitely at fault. It makes sense that the accident as well as your injury would be the fault of the person who hit you.
While that’s true, it may not be the entire story. Say that our investigators get onto your case early, and they find that, yes, the other driver ran the stop sign. But, they also find that your motorcycle helmet was defective. The manufacturer didn’t make it right, and thus, it was partially responsible for the injury that you suffered. Then, the company that manufactured the helmet would also be (at least partially) responsible for what you went through.
That means we can make sure that they’re held responsible, too. That means we can also make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve from them. This is just one example, but that's the kind of thing that happens with our great investigative team all of the time. They’ve been doing this for so long, they know what to look for so that it can really impact your case.
Moreover, the “defective helmet” is just one of the things that could be uncovered by their investigation. For example, they might also find that there were other parts in your motorcycle that were defective. They could have caused your accident through no fault of your own. They might determine that the road conditions were poor enough that some municipalities (or others) need to be held to account. Consequently, they might also find that, despite the protestations of the other party, the other driver was distracted, inebriated, or anything else.
Those are the kinds of facts that may not be found out if you don’t have a great investigative team on your side. Moreover, those are the kinds of facts that may not be found out if you don’t have a law firm that has the kinds of resources to bring in that kind of investigative team. Here at the Big Ben Lawyers, we can make sure that you get the resources you deserve on your side. That way, you’re always on the path to getting the compensation you deserve, too.
The Big Ben Lawyers is Here to Help
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be scary. It might be difficult for you to go to work again in the same capacity, or even at all. As these accidents can leave you exposed, you might be looking at a lengthy rehab period at best. Those are the kinds of situations that we can help our clients with. When you work with us, we pursue your case aggressively, making sure that our eyes are always on getting you the most compensation you deserve for everything that you’ve been through.
That means working to get the wages that you would have earned, should you miss any time from work. In fact, it might also mean getting you the wages that you would have earned should you be unable to return to work for some time in the future. Hopefully, your injury is a mild one. Hopefully, you don’t require much (or any) medical care, don’t miss work, and then can move on from this accident swiftly.
However, it’s entirely possible that this injury sticks with you for a long time. Rehab, continued medical treatment, and more - those are all possible consequences of a motorcycle accident. There may be damage to your motorcycle as well. You're liable to be in quite a bit of pain, having to deal with suffering you may not have had in the past. These are all things that we can help you to file for damages for. Moreover, there are plenty beyond this, as well. No one ever plans to be in a motorcycle accident, so there’s no real way to be ready for it. That said, we can do everything in our power to help.
We know that, in the wake of a motorcycle accident, the last thing you probably want to do is to have to reach out to an attorney. You have so much to deal with right at this moment: your recovery, your health, your rehab, the people in your life who are worried about you, and so forth. That’s why we want to make it as easy as possible on folks just like you. If you’re ready to reach out for help, we’re more than glad to have a free consultation today.