Collision with a Car? Five Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident

While cars and trucks dominate streets, roads, and highways in the US, millions of others also enjoy other forms of legal travel today whether as pedestrians, cycle enthusiasts, or motorcyclists. For those riding in traffic with larger vehicles, their vulnerability is not only obvious—but substantial; in fact, the average car today weighs over 4,000 lbs. When a collision occurs with someone on foot or traveling on two wheels, injury (and sometimes death) usually occurs.

Motorcyclists—often the owners of one or more cars themselves—are a common sight on roads today, with over eight million of the popular smaller vehicles now registered in the US. Still though, visibility is often cited as an issue in accidents, although it is the motorist’s responsibility to be aware of their surroundings in traffic at all times. Motorcyclists usually employ a variety of tactics to make themselves known, from revving their engines to wearing bright coloring or reflective stripes on helmets and shoes, adding extra lighting, and moving within lanes to avoid being in blind spots. Far too many accidents still occur though, and especially in Florida.

If you are a motorcyclist, know what to do after a collision with a car by following these five steps:

  1. Take a few moments to collect yourself and evaluate the results of the accident, along with making sure the car that hit you has pulled over too. Assess whether you or your passenger have serious injuries. If there is any doubt, an ambulance should be called.
  2. Call the police so that an official report can be filed. This also means that you have law enforcement at the location in case the other party wants to leave the scene, or is argumentative, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  3. Call an experienced car accident attorney from a firm like Heintz & Becker as soon as possible. Keep in mind that insurance adjustors will be calling you quickly—and they should be referred to your attorney. Not speaking with adjustors on your own can be extremely beneficial to your case.
  4. Take pictures of all damage or anything that could be considered evidence before moving your motorcycle, so traffic can continue safely forward. Take pictures of any crossroads, stoplights, and major traffic details close by. It is important to get pictures of the other vehicle if possible too, along with their license plate. If there are witnesses nearby, ask for their contact information. They could be key to your case later!
  5. Trade insurance information with the other driver, as well as getting any other contact information possible.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

Experienced Motorcyclists Benefit from Educational Courses Too

Motorcyclists experience both the best and the worst while traversing the highways and byways of the United States. Enjoying many health perks, they get a low-impact body workout while riding, and depending on the area, they may also be benefitting from enticing fresh air and a glorious landscape. Motorcyclists are often part of an entire lifestyle, a community—and it’s not uncommon to see them chatting quickly at a red light, admiring each other’s bikes or discussing directions. They often have a faster and better way of commuting and manage to look effortlessly cool while wearing protective clothing. Women motorcyclists are being seen in greater numbers out on the roads today too as they enjoy the benefits of riding.

If you are a novice, undoubtedly you have a learning curve. This means learning how to ride safely as well as understanding your new bike. A list of gear is usually necessary (don’t forget the helmet) along with the required education and insurance specific to motorcycles. As years pass, you will probably be completely comfortable on the road, understanding that feeling of being ‘one with the bike,’ and enjoying the Zen attitude on a continual basis. Keep in mind however, that everyone can benefit from a refresher course—no longer how long they may have been enjoying a particular exercise. And as traffic fatalities continue to rise in the US, especially in Florida, being as knowledgeable and safe as possible is key to ‘arriving alive’ at your destination.

Along with educating novices—and teaching them how to avoid accidents—different classes are offered for the experienced motorcyclist, and in Florida they too are often provided or sponsored by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) as part of the Florida Rider Training Program (FRTP).

While everyone must learn the basics at first, continued training is highly recommended for the experienced driver over the years too. Not only does this allow for further discussion of traffic trends and laws that pertain to motorcyclists, but also continued learning of ‘street-riding strategies,’ additional safety tips, and the opportunity to reverse bad habits that can really stick over time. Such courses are credited with reducing the number of motorcycle accidents on highways today too, especially as one of the most valuable skills reviewed in class is how to brake more efficiently and come to a stop with short notice.

Most courses, whether for novices or experienced motorcyclists, are affordable and can be taken in a morning or afternoon session, using lasting four to five hours. Along with education, diligence in defensive driving is more important than ever for motorcyclists, as other drivers are usually the greatest threat on the roads.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

Motorcycle Crashes May Result in Serious Neck Injuries

For some travelers, motorcycles are merely a way to get from one destination to another, quickly and affordably. For many others, however, riding a motorcycle and enjoying camaraderie with others who appreciate the same sense of freedom is a lifestyle. Along with that comes adventure and stress relief, time to savor the outdoors, and a total body workout on each ride. The list of benefits included in riding a motorcycle is long, but unfortunate safety concerns can detract from that heavily.

Motorcyclists are vulnerable on the road for numerous reasons, and especially in heavy traffic. Lack of visibility is a constant threat, and mainly because motorists aren’t as used to looking for smaller vehicles (or pedestrians or cyclists). Blind spots can cause visibility issues despite motorcyclists’ efforts to be ‘seen,’ and intersections are a common area for accidents to occur between cars and motorcycles—most especially when making left turns. So many other problems can arise on the road too, from sheer lack of respect, to collisions with distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and those who are either speeding or ignoring other traffic rules.

Injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash can be catastrophic, leading to serious long-term repercussions, and even fatalities. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of others, seek medical care immediately, along with contacting a skilled motorcycle accident attorney from a firm like Heintz & Becker. Complications such as road rash and leg injuries are common after motorcycle accidents, along with burns, broken bones, and TBIs.

Neck injuries can be extremely serious after a crash, leading to health consequences in other areas of the body too, from the rest of the spine to strain in muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues. In some cases, strain, sprain, or fractures may not be apparent immediately but will present themselves later with a variety of symptoms to include shooting pains, pressure, numbness in other areas, and loss of coordination or balance. Physical therapy may be required, as well as treatment with over-the-counter medications or more serious pain relievers, muscle relaxers, or steroid injections.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.