A motorcycle accident is perhaps one of the most frightening events a motorist can experience. While car and truck accidents are certainly scary in their own right, in those circumstances you have some protection a minimum. In contrast, motorcyclists are exposed to the full force of the impact. Because of the speeds and extreme forces involved, many motorcyclists are thrown from their bikes causing more severe injuries.
At Reiff & Bily we are dedicated to protecting the victims of serious accidents. We work to handle the insurance company, the opposing party or parties, the police and any other third parties that may be involved. With more than 34 years of personal injury experience, we handle all aspects of the litigation so that you can focus on your recovery.
What should I do after an accident?
Before we go any further, your health and safety are the most important things. While vehicles and property can be replaced, your life cannot, so before all else be sure to get to a safe area following a collision. If the vehicle is smoking, smoldering, or fluid is leaking it is especially important to find a safe location to wait for help. Should the vehicle catch fire, burn injuries or injury due to smoke inhalation can occur.
Once help arrives, don’t try to be a hero and discount or conceal any pain or discomfort you may feel — even a minor pain could indicate that you have an internal injury. If you feel any pain, discomfort, tingling or swelling you should immediately seek medical attention. Submitting to a routine medical exam can rule out any serious conditions following a violent accident including:
- Whiplash – Whiplash symptoms may not be immediately apparently. Following an accident in a car, truck or motorcycle one may experience pain or discomfort in their back or neck, difficulty in concentration, or mood swings.
- Traumatic Brain Injury – TBIs like concussions or other injuries can change how we act and the things that we are able to do. A TBI can be temporary or it can have permanent effects.
- Broken Bones – Believe it or not, due to adrenaline an accident victim may not feel broken bones or fractures after an accident.
- Burns – Severe burns can occur due to motorcycle crashes. Burns are especially painful regardless whether the burn is due to touching the exhaust or from scraping on the pavement.
Finally, if you and the other driver are okay you should exchange insurance information and attempt to document the scene of the accident. Smartphones like Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy series are equipped with high-quality cameras that can take a photo or record a video of the scene.
Let us Work with the Insurance Company
Simply because it is your insurance company does not mean that they are necessarily looking out for your best interests. Insurance companies are for-profit corporations and protect their bottom-line by paying out as little money as possible. Many people make the mistake of accepting the first offer because they just want to move on with their life. However, action like this is never advisable as it is rarely in your best interests. People who accept a low initial offer may soon find the funds exhausted, but their injuries unhealed and unable to work.
For more than 34 years the attorneys of Reiff & Bily have protected the rights of accident victims in Montgomery County and throughout Pennsylvania. To schedule your free initial consultation please call us at (215) 274-0072 or contact us online.