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Motorcyclists are at a high risk for injuries in an accident because they have comparatively little protection. Even wearing a helmet may not necessarily protect a motorcyclist from severe injuries in an accident. Different types of injuries that are sustained in a motorcycle accident typically lead to loss of income, possibly serious injury, and/or lifelong disability. Michael J. Brennan is an experienced Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer, who represents victims of accidents in the Cook county region and across Illinois. Call our office today, and schedule a free case evaluation with our lawyers.
In any accident involving a motorcycle and a larger vehicle, it is the motorcyclist who is at a much higher risk for injuries. A typical motorcycle accident can result in serious and even life-threatening injuries including head injuries, spine damage, or even paralysis. Even accidents that involve only the motorcycle can result in serious injuries or even death.
The first thing to do after you have been injured in a motorcycle accident is to get medical help for your injuries. Next, you must begin the process of recovering compensation for your injuries. Get in touch with the insurance company of the at-fault driver in your accident. You must also begin the process of calculating all of the damages that you have suffered in the accident. Remember that the insurance company may try to offer you a low settlement in order to offset its damages. You must be careful and protect your interests. Call an attorney at Michael J. Brennan’s law firm in order to understand how you can protect your interests when dealing with insurance companies.
If negotiations with the insurance company do not result in a settlement that is in your best interest, you should file a lawsuit. This complicates things however, and it is important to seek professional legal guidance at every step of the way. What you must not do under any circumstance, is agree to the first settlement offer by the insurance company.
In order to increase your chances for significant compensation, gather evidence. Make a complete documentation of all of the injuries that you have suffered, and carefully document all of the expenses and losses that you have suffered as a result of the accident. This includes medical bills, transportation expenses to and from the hospital, lost wages, and other financial expenses. This will help you arrive at an appropriate compensation figure that can help cover all of your losses as a result of the accident.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a very traumatic experience. The last thing that you want to do, however, is to quickly agree to a settlement with the insurance company. Remember, a settlement is permanent, and if it is too low to offset many of the financial difficulties you can expect in the future, you are looking at possible catastrophe.
Michael J. Brennan’s personal injury law practice was founded in Chicago in 1995, and over the past two decades, our firm has represented several victims of motorcycle accidents across Illinois. Call our firm today, and get a free evaluation of your case.