Motorcycle accidents result in thousands of injuries and deaths each year. Motorcyclists face many risks when they ride. They deal with road and weather conditions, and they must deal with reckless and careless drivers. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash, you need to know these motorcycle accident FAQs.
Four Motorcycle Accident FAQs Riders Should Know
You may already know that if you are injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, you can seek compensation for your injuries from the at-fault driver. However, you should also know the following motorcycle accident FAQ.
1. Your time to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit is limited
The Oklahoma statute of limitations sets deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits. In most cases, a rider has two years from the date of the motorcycle wreck to file a personal injury lawsuit. Missing the deadline means you give up the right to sue the negligent driver.
There are exceptions to the general two-year statute of limitations. It is best to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident.
2. Insurance companies like to blame motorcyclists for accidents
Insurance companies will try to avoid paying claims to save money. If they can blame the victim for causing the accident, the victim may receive nothing or a decreased amount for their damages.
The insurance company may try to convince a jury that you were speeding or driving recklessly at the time of the motorcycle crash. You could lose thousands of dollars if the insurance company is successful.
If an investigator or adjuster tries to suggest that you are partially at fault for the crash, contact a motorcycle accident lawyer in Tulsa immediately.
3. You may receive compensation for future damages
A motorcycle accident can cause catastrophic injuries. Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Abrasions and road rash
- Broken bones and fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue injuries and nerve damage
Some riders may sustain permanent impairments or disabilities because of their injuries. If your motorcycle crash caused a permanent impairment, you could receive compensation for future damages in addition to past and current damages.
Future damages may include ongoing medical and personal care, future loss of income, and decreases in earning potential. Future damages may also include a decrease in your quality of life or enjoyment of life because of the permanent disability.
4. Settlement agreements are final
When you accept a settlement offer from the other driver’s insurance company, it will require you to sign a settlement agreement. This agreement is a binding legal document. It can be enforced in court.
The other thing you need to know about settlement agreements drafted by an insurance company is that they contain terms releasing the insurance company, driver, and all other parties from any future claims. In other words, you give up your right to seek more money for your claim. Even if you discover additional injuries or damages, you gave up your rights when you signed the agreement.
Before accepting a settlement offer, talk with a motorcycle accident lawyer to determine if the offer is fair based on the facts of your case.
Contact Our Tulsa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Contact The Law Office of Michael R. Green, PLLC, by calling (866) 944-4733 to schedule your free consultation with a Tulsa motorcycle accident attorney.