Rear End Motorcycle Accidents
After a rear-end motorcycle accident, life can be very stressful and chaotic. In addition to dealing with a great deal of pain and discomfort, you are likely also dealing with anxiety caused by all the phone calls you are getting from various insurance companies, including possibly your own motorcycle insurance company and health insurance company.Common Reasons for Rear End Motorcycle Accident
If you are in a motorcycle accident, one of the most common reasons for being in one is because of a rear-end kind of accident. Unfortunately, these kinds of accidents are very common because many drivers on the road are not paying close enough attention to what is in front of them. The most common reasons for rear-end accidents involving motorcycles are:
- Not paying close enough attention
- Driving too fast
- Not properly maintaining the brakes or air pressure on the car
- Driving while texting or talking on the phone
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving too fast for conditions
It is a sad but unavoidable reality that many people drive while talking, texting, and
browsing the Internet on their cellphones. This is the reason that many people while on motorcycles are rear-ended by cars, trucks, and SUVs. These larger vehicles often just do not have enough time between looking up from their cellphone and braking to avoid striking the person on the motorcycle in front of them.
Other reasons include drivers not taking care of their car brakes so they can brake in time. And of course, living in Seattle, there are always instances when the wet weather and wet roads contribute to cars who can’t stop in time for a rear-end accident.Common Rear End Motorcycle Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one has been rear-ended in a motorcycle accident, you may have suffered
significant injuries that may or may not just heal on their own. Sometimes these injuries can be life-ending, and life-altering at the very least. The most common injuries are:
- Broken bones
- Road burn, including first, second, and third degree burns
- Knee, shoulder, and back injuries
After enduring a significant injury from being rear-ended on a motorcycle, you need to make
sure you are getting the medical care you need to get better. The most common form of medical help you can get is of course a doctor, but even within this, there are subspecialties such as osteopaths, physiatrists, and other such specialists who can treat you. In addition, there are chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists who can also treat you.Insurance Considerations
After being involved in a motorcycle accident, you are likely going to be dealing with a lot of
insurance considerations. These considerations involve understanding that if you are struck by someone who has car insurance, this is a good thing, though the insurance company may be aggressive and hard to work with.
Alternatively, if you are struck by someone who does not have car insurance, then you will have to look to your own insurance company to pay for your damages. This is known as a UIM, or Uninsured Motorist Claim. These kinds of claims are not easy to win, but they may be the only form of recovery available. If your case is quite large—let’s say the settlement value is over $50,000—the truth is that most people do not have this kind of money just sitting in a bank account liquid and able to pay you. That is why making sure there is insurance is very important.How to Help Your Rear End Motorcycle Accident Case
After being in a motorcycle accident, you might be wondering what you can do, if anything,
to help your case. There are a few things you can do to help your case. Among them are making sure you get the necessary information from the driver who hit you. This would include things like the name and phone number, their insurance information, their address, make and model of car.
In regards to insurance information, what you need is their policy number and the name of the insurance company. It is also important to note when the policy went into effect and when it expires. Once we have the insurance information, we can find this out for you. Obviously, if you are so injured you are unable to do this, or if you are hospitalized, having a family, friend, or spouse who can do this can also be helpful. Finally, taking pictures of the scene, your motorcycle, the car or SUV that hit you, and your injuries can also be very helpful.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
After being rear-ended in a motorcycle accident, you might be wondering what you should
do or what your options are in terms of your case. You are likely getting mail and phone calls from the insurance company for the driver who rear-ended you. You might also be getting calls and letters from your own health or motorcycle insurance company. If this is the case, it is best to let The Jackman Law Firm handle the case for you so you can heal and just focus on recovering. The Jackman Law Firm has successfully negotiated with insurance companies for many years and we know how to make sure we get you the settlement you deserve for your injuries. In every case, before we even get to a question of how much money you are owed, you first must establish that you were fault-free. This is called the liability side of your case.
We have seen many cases where the other driver’s insurance company alleges that you were either partly at fault or completely at fault for the accident. They may allege that you swerved suddenly or cut off their driver. If this is the case, you need a skilled attorney who can handle your case and make sure we are positioning your case in the best possible light. We can do this by interviewing key witnesses, speaking to the police, subpoenaing documents, and gathering video surveillance, if it exists, of the accident itself.
After we are able to establish that you were not at fault for the accident, we can move onto proving the value of your case. The value of your case will largely be determined by these elements:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium, if your spouse lost out on their relationship
- Out of pocket expenses
Each category of these damages has a monetary value to you. The Jackman Law Firm
can help you recover money for each and every one. If you have questions about our approach and how we can help you, feel free to call us for a free consultation to discuss your case.