Motorcycles are fast, budget-friendly and, above all, a lot of fun to ride. But that thrill comes with a caveat: An accident is likely to end with serious injuries.
The two-wheeled structure of motorcycles makes them less stable than passenger vehicles. Even with the proper safety gear, an impact with the pavement or another vehicle can cause broken bones and head trauma.
Unfortunately, these wrecks are more common than many people realize. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that per mile traveled in 2013, fatal motorcycle accidents occurred 26 times more frequently than fatal passenger-car crashes. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015 – an increase of 8.3 percent since 2014.
If you were injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle wreck, turn to Ballard Law, PLLC for legal guidance. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages.
William E. Ballard will help you fight for the highest possible settlement, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 769-572-5111 today to schedule a free consultation with a personal-injury lawyer in Madison.
4 Steps to Take after a Motorcycle Crash in Mississippi
If you ride a motorcycle often, it is critical that you know what to do after a collision. Your statements and actions will have a profound impact on your ability to recover fair compensation.
The insurance company and at-fault party will look for excuses to undervalue or deny your claim. As such, it is important that you take these four steps immediately after the collision:
- Call the Police: Your personal-injury lawyer will need the police report to prove liability and negligence.
- Collect Evidence: Take photos of property damage, injuries, traffic signs and skid marks. Also, record the contact information of eyewitnesses. Your accident attorney may use their testimonies to support your claim.
- Visit a Doctor: Even if your injuries do not seem serious, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible after the collision. If you put off the medical evaluation and then decide to make a claim, it may be difficult to tie your injuries to the crash.
- Contact an Accident Lawyer: Find an attorney who has successfully litigated personal-injury cases related to motorcycle accidents.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Mississippi, contact Ballard Law, PLLC. An accident attorney in Madison will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Our legal team will help you avoid mistakes such as signing a general release, making recorded statements to an insurance adjuster, or accepting a low settlement. As a client of Ballard Law, PLLC, you will pay no attorneys’ fees unless you recover compensation. Call 769-572-5111 today to schedule a free initial consultation.