San Antonio Motorcycle Accident
The path forward may seem overwhelming after a motorcycle accident. Crashes involving motorcycles often cause more serious injuries than other types of vehicle accidents. An accident can leave a motorcyclist severely injured and unable to work, struggling to get by.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, recovery may seem out of reach, but it’s important to remember that help is available.
At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, we’re focused on fighting for people who have been injured in motorcycle accidents. Our work on behalf of injured people has been noted by America’s Top 100 Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, as well as by BestLawyers, who have recognized us as a top-tier firm.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault, get the professional legal help you need. Ketterman Rowland & Westlund offers a free case evaluation so you can learn more about how we can help you. To schedule your appointment, call us or use our online form to get in touch today.
Here’s how Ketterman Rowland & Westlund get you the compensation you deserve:
- Personalized attention to YOUR case
- Work fast to obtain evidence
- Strong negotiating on your behalf
- We know the statistics and we use them
- We know how to win!
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
- Seek medical attention. Even if you feel okay right after the crash, it’s still very important to get a full medical evaluation. Many injuries may take time to show up. A medical exam can catch them before they become bigger problems.
- Get the police involved. The police will write a report about the accident and make a record of the incident. This can be vitally important for motorcycle accidents due to the risk of injury and serious property damage involved.
- Get contact information for any witnesses to the accident. Motorcycle accident witnesses may leave the scene of an accident soon after it happens, but their knowledge can be an important piece of a motorcycle claim. Get information from them so they can be contacted later if needed.
- Don’t accept blame for the accident. A motorcycle accident can happen fast and all of the facts are not immediately apparent in the chaos that follows. Equipment can fail at the wrong time, road conditions can cause a vehicle to move incorrectly, and many other causes may have resulted in the accident. Stay calm and don’t accept blame for the accident.
- Take plenty of photographs of the accident scene and surrounding areas. Accident details such as debris and skid marks can be very important for investigators. Information about the surroundings such as signs and weather conditions can tell important stories. It’s better to take too many photos than not enough.
- Don’t make any recorded statements to insurance companies before speaking to an attorney. After an accident, you may be confused about what happened. If you make any recorded statements to insurance companies, these can be used as evidence in your claim, even if you were wrong.
- Speak with a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as you can. After an accident, you may face calls from insurance companies and others. A motorcycle accident attorney can act as your intermediary and help you protect your claim.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Accidents can happen for many reasons. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted or inattentive drivers
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Equipment failures
- Hazardous or reckless drivers
- Left-turn accidents
- Parked vehicles opening doors into traffic
- Tailgating and rear-end collisions
- Dangerous road conditions
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riders face the risk of serious injury on the roads. Accidents can result in many serious injuries, such as:
- Brain trauma and disability.
- Spinal column injuries including herniated discs and broken vertebrae
- Spinal cord injuries resulting in partial or complete paralysis
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and road rash
- Joint injuries
- Ruptured and torn muscles
How Ketterman Rowland & Westlund Can Help
When you’re recovering from an injury and need to pursue compensation, it’s important to remember that one of our attorneys can take the burden off of you while you heal. Gathering evidence, investigating the accident, handling communications, calculating losses, negotiating, and litigating your claim is only a few of the ways that an attorney can help.
Early in a claim, we will talk with you and begin to gather the documents and evidence that your case needs. Medical records, police reports, and other important documents will be essential to understanding what happened and what compensation you may be entitled to. A motorcycle accident claim may require many different types of records. An attorney can advise you on what you need and pursue the documents your claim requires.
We will also investigate your accident and help you figure out what really happened and who’s really to blame. An accident may be caused by driver error, faulty equipment, road hazards, or many other factors. A motorcycle accident attorney can work with experts, investigators, local authorities, and witnesses to understand exactly what happened and who should be held responsible for your injuries.
Our lawyers can manage everything that your claim needs throughout the entire claim process. After an accident, there may be calls from insurance adjusters, authorities, and others seeking information about the crash. A lawyer can act as your voice and manage all the communications related to your case. When you’re trying to heal, these distractions can drain your energy, time, and focus. A lawyer can take the burden off of you while you focus on your health.
A motorcycle accident attorney knows how to evaluate your injuries, back them up with evidence, and negotiate from a position of strength for a fair settlement. Accident negotiations can be very involved. When it’s time to negotiate, it’s important to have a knowledgeable and experienced motorcycle accident attorney on your side.
Compensation for Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle crash, you may be facing medical bills, lost wages, property losses, pain, and many other problems. A motorcycle accident claim can help you recover for all of your losses.
Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries that require extensive – and expensive – medical care. Surgeries, physical therapy, and long-term rehabilitation can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. The cost of this care can easily drain your accounts and leave you with nothing to get by on day to day. You shouldn’t be left with this burden when someone else caused the crash. A motorcycle accident claim may include the cost of any medical care your injuries needed, and the cost of care your injuries may need in the future.
Another important category of compensation is for the wages and income you’ve lost due to your accident. A motorcycle accident can leave you in recovery for days, weeks, months, or even longer. When this happens, you can’t work, and you can’t bring in the income that you and your family need to get by. A motorcycle accident claim may include the lost wages your injuries have cost you, and the damage your injuries inflict on your future earning potential.
Motorcycle crash victims often face lasting physical and mental pain because of their injuries. Physical pain can disrupt your life and prevent you from engaging in the activities you love. Mental pain can manifest itself in the forms of depression, anxiety, and other lasting problems. Disfigurement is a real risk in motorcycle accidents and can lead to a lifetime of pain that can turn your life upside down. A motorcycle accident claim may include compensation for these serious harms to your life.
Property damage is a category of compensation that frequently comes up in a motorcycle accident claim. After an accident, your motorcycle may be damaged or totaled, and your clothing, safety equipment, and other valuable items you may have had on you at the time of the accident may be damaged or destroyed. A claim may include the cost of repairing or replacing your valuable possessions.
Punitive damages may be available in certain motorcycle accident cases. When the conduct of the responsible party was extraordinarily bad, malicious, or reprehensible, a court may order punitive damages to punish the defendant.