The causes of many motorcycle collisions can be attributed to:
• failure of other motorists to notice the motorcyclists
• failure to utilize defensive driving techniques
• lack of basic riding skills
• failure to appreciate the limitations of the motorcycle
• lack of specific braking and cornering skills
• failure to follow speed limits
There are many different things you can do to help protect yourself as a motorcyclist, the following list is just a few suggestions:
• Buy the power you need, but only as much as you can handle safely.
• Consider the primary use of your bike. Don’t buy a “trial” bike for highway use and don’t buy a “highway” bike if most of your riding will be off-road.
• Complete a motorcycle training course. Even if you are an experienced motorcyclists, there are advanced courses for defensive driving techniques and braking techniques.
• Never ride without a certified motorcycle helmet and eye protection. Insist on a helmet that has a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) label.
• Wear the right shoes, gloves and clothing.
• Adhere to the traffic rules and regulations.
• Be aware that riding with a passenger requires additional balance and makes turns, stopping and shifting more difficult.
• Treat other motorists with courtesy and respect.
• Avoid tailgating
• Avoid riding between lanes of slow moving or stopped traffic.
• Use signals when appropriate
• Drive defensively
This is a difficult question and my answer is always dependent on the facts of each individual case. Unfortunately, most cases quickly involve the rights of several different companies other than your own claims. If you have health insurance, you may have a legal obligation to re-pay your health insurance company from any settlement you may receive. If you have medical payments coverage through your own motorcycle/automobile insurance policy, you may have an obligation to pay this money back and you may not even know that someone has used it. If you receive Medicaid or Medicare benefits, there are other rules and obligations that apply. These issues alone justify contacting an attorney immediately following a collision.
These issues do not even address the fact that certain insurance carriers are notorious for low offers and/or for forcing injured victims to file lawsuits against their insureds. Early knowledge about the insurance carriers involved can frequently help you know how to build/document your case for a good resolution without the need to file a lawsuit. Retaining an attorney immediately after a collision will allow the attorney to act quickly and aggressively to preserve all of the necessary evidence to prove your case. Failure to do so may result in the loss of pertinent information, the disappearance of crucial witnesses, failure to properly document injuries or the inability to resolve a claim without the need to file a lawsuit which frequently delays settlement and increases expenses.
Finally, an attorney who is experience in this area of law will be able to assist you in evaluating your claim(s) once you have fully recovered from your injuries. Any insurance carrier that tries to offer you a settlement right after the collision, is not looking out for you. Take your time, make sure you have fully recovered before attempting to resolve any claim. However, you also need to make sure that you contact an attorney well before the statute of limitations for your claim.
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