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Motorcycle accidents can be very serious for the motorcycle rider, with an 80 percent chance of injury or death, versus only 20 percent in a car accident. Motorcycles simply don’t offer as much protection as larger, enclosed vehicles, and as a result, most bikers take every safety precaution.
Unfortunately, sometimes, an accident can happen as the result of another driver’s mistake or negligence. In this situation, you may find yourself swamped with medical bills, out of work, and in a lot of pain.
A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer can help you seek compensation and get your life back on track. When you’re struggling after an accident on your bike, the best thing you can do is request a free consultation with an attorney to learn all possible paths to compensation.
If you were injured in a Tennessee motorcycle accident, call Ali Awad, the founder and managing attorney at The CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm. Also called “The CEO Lawyer,” Mr. Awad took a small law firm and made it an 8-figure firm in just three years.
After that, it’s no surprise that his firm was voted the fastest-growing law firm in the United States, beating out 499 others in 2021. The CEO Lawyer also finds time to dispense timely legal advice to more than a million followers on social media.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need help now. Call Ali Awad for a no-obligation, free consultation about your situation.
Right now, let’s consider some common questions about motorcycle crashes:
Accidents tend to happen suddenly and take everyone involved by surprise. It’s natural to be stunned or even in shock, and if you’ve been hurt, you may be distracted by the pain.
Try to remain calm and call 911 to report the crash right away. Request an ambulance if needed.
If you and/or your bike have ended up in the roadway, try to move to the sidewalk or shoulder to avoid further injury. However, if you are seriously injured, the 911 operator may advise you not to move.
You should follow their instructions and wait for help in this case. If you can turn on your bike’s hazard light without moving too much, do so – this will help other drivers see you from farther away.
While you’re waiting, take a look around and try to make a mental note of where the other vehicle that hit you ended up. You can also take pictures if your phone is handy.
If you’re not badly hurt and can walk around, you may want to take pictures from several angles. Also, make note of any potential witnesses you see.
Some of these people may come over to see if you’re all right. Thank them for their concern and ask for their names in case you need to talk with them again later.
The other driver may come to check on you as well. You should exchange contact and insurance info but try to avoid getting into an argument about whose fault the accident was.
We’ve seen some cases where the other driver was very angry or wanted to get into a fight. If this happens, do your best to de-escalate the situation until the authorities arrive.
It’s fine to walk a few feet away to cool things down, but don’t leave the scene entirely.
Once the police arrive, you should answer their questions and be cooperative but try to say as little as possible. Never say that you think the accident was your fault, even if you do – people are often wrong about this!
Also, it’s not your job to speculate on whose fault the accident was. The police will investigate and compile a report with contributing factors to the accident.
Remember that the other driver’s insurance carrier may try to blame the accident on you so they can reduce how much they have to pay under Tennessee’s comparative fault statutes – your award will be reduced by the percentage of fault you’re found to have in the accident.
Even if you don’t think you were seriously hurt, it’s still a good idea to let the paramedics check you out and see a doctor. In some situations, you may be hurt but not feel any pain right away.
If you were thrown from your bike, you could have internal injuries or a head injury and not realize it at first. Seeing a doctor can help you ensure that you get care if needed.
Once your injuries have been treated, speak with a motorcycle crash lawyer before you make an insurance claim.
Insurance claims should be made as soon as possible after an accident, typically within a few days or weeks. Your attorney will advise you on what to do when filing an insurance claim and whether you may need to make claims on multiple policies.
The usual approach is to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier. However, if your injuries are severe, your bills may exceed their policy limit.
In this case, you may make a claim on your own insurance policy if you have uninsured motorist coverage or a Med Pay policy.
If your bills have surpassed all available insurance policies, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the other driver (if they have significant assets). This should be done within one year of the accident for personal injury claims, like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
You have three years to file a claim for property damage, but most people do this at the same time as their personal injury claim.
You should consult an attorney before accepting any settlement offer. It’s very common for insurance companies to make an initial offer that’s too low to cover all your damages. Remember that you can potentially seek damages for:
Your lawyer can help you figure out if an offer is a reasonable amount. If it is, great – you can go ahead and accept it. If not, your attorney can help you by negotiating with the insurer to get you a fair amount.
We call this a “no-contact” accident. Sometimes, a rider will dump their bike or go off the road trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle. They end up hurt, while the other driver is just fine – they may even drive off without bothering to check on you.
If you manage to get the other vehicle’s license plate number or description, we can track the driver down and file a claim with their insurance or sue the other driver directly. Sometimes, these cases are difficult to prove, but with enough evidence and witnesses, it may be possible to win your claim.
Your lawyer will help you figure out what evidence is needed, and their firm’s investigative team can track it down while you focus on your recovery.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a bike crash, consider seeking legal representation right away. Ali Awad, The CEO Lawyer, is ready to pursue damages against the at-fault party and/or their insurance carrier.
In three short years, Ali Awad grew a new personal injury law firm into an eight-figure company with some of the most experienced personal injury attorneys in the business. These lawyers have brought more than twenty years of experience and a 99% success rate to Tennessee.
Don’t hesitate to call for help with your situation – call The CEO Lawyer and his team now at (423) 777-8888 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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After a personal injury, you're bound to have legal questions. The CEO Lawyer Ali Awad can provide you with answers to these questions, just as he's given answers to his millions of curious social media followers. Take a look at some of the most common personal injury law questions for general information, and then reach out to one of our seasoned attorneys for specific guidance on your case!
To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Chattanooga, it lasts only one year. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only one year to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process. Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today. We understand that some accident victims might have already obtained the assistance of an attorney but may be dissatisfied with the services provided. We are standing by and prepared to help you change legal representation, regardless of where you are in the process.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of personal injury accident, you should not hesitate to speak with the experienced attorneys at CEO Lawyer personal injury law firm. Call, email, or fill out our online contact form today so that we can begin helping you pursue the compensation you deserve.