By David E. High, Attorney-At-Law
Accidents between motorcycles and cars or trucks can cause devastating personal injuries to the motorcycle rider. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical treatment. It is best to be examined at the scene and to obtain emergency treatment as soon as possible. If you are unable to do so, have someone take photographs of the vehicles, debris, skid marks and other evidence at the scene, before the vehicles are moved. This is very important evidence. Obtain the contact information for any witnesses. If it is not possible to get photographs of the vehicles at the scene, photographs should be taken as soon as possible of the vehicles and the accident scene. Promptly have photographs taken of all of your visible injuries.
Personal Injury Motorcycle
In an injury accident, a qualified individual should obtain crash and crush data from the vehicles and examine the scene for evidence, including skid marks, gouge marks and debris for future accident reconstruction. It is important to promptly employ a qualified personal injury attorney so that this evidence can be preserved and witnesses can be interviewed while the accident is fresh in their minds. Also, experts are available that can download Electronic Control Module (ECM) information which can provide data, including vehicle speed, braking, throttle, crash impact and other important data. If you wait too long, this data will be lost.
After you obtain your emergency medical treatment, it is important that you be seen by a qualified specialist. Treatment should be coordinated through a qualified medical doctor, generally an orthopaedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. Be compliant with all treatment recommendations. Prompt treatment, including physical therapy, can speed the recovery process and minimize the permanent effects from the injury.
Notify Your Motorcycle
Insurance Carrier Promptly
You should promptly notify your motorcycle insurance carrier even if the accident was not your fault. You likely have benefits such as medical payment coverage and underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage under your own motorcycle policy that needs to be utilized. Medical payment coverage pays your medical bills up to a set amount regardless of fault. If you also have major medical coverage you should require that all healthcare providers first bill your major medical coverage. Thereafter, you can use your medical payments coverage under your motorcycle policy to pay any deductibles, co-pays or uncovered medical expenses.
Hire An Experienced Personal
In accidents involving personal injuries, you should promptly hire an attorney experienced in motorcycle accidents. You should act promptly so that your attorney can examine, photograph and preserve the evidence and interview all witnesses. Do not give any statements to the other side’s insurance company or representative. Only discuss the case with your attorney. Employ an experienced attorney with a proven track record of obtaining significant settlements and verdicts in motorcycle accidents. At High Law Office, PLLC, representation can be obtained on a contingent fee basis so that you pay only if you win your claim. No Recovery, No Fee. Schedule a free consultation with High Law Office, PLLC, at 615-256-1000, or visit us online at www.HighLawOffice.com.
David E. High, Attorney-At-Law
David E. High graduated at the top of his class at Nashville School of Law in 1980, graduated with High Honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has over 34 years of trial experience. He is a member of the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for over 20 years, Mid-South Super Lawyers, and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. High will review your personal injury case without charge and handle your case on a “No Recovery, No Fee” basis.
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