Lundy, Lundy Soileau & South understands the catastrophic consequences motorcycle accidents can have on the rider and their families. Because motorcycles lack the protection afforded four-wheel vehicles, these accidents tend to incur substantial medical bills and recovery time. Determining who is responsible for those medical bills and time away from work can be challenging to prove weeks and months later, when memories start to fade. For this reason, we recommend contacting an experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Lake Charles Louisiana as soon as reasonably possible.
Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Identifying the at-fault party or parties in a motorcycle accident requires investigation of the accident scene and interviewing witnesses. The sooner your attorney can start the process, the more likely they are to get accurate facts to help your case. If you are conscious after a motorcycle accident, the officer at the scene will ask for your account of the incident. Due to shock, most motorcycle accident victims have trouble recounting the exact details. However, if you are fortunate enough to have eyewitnesses – they may be able to fill in the gaps. It is essential that your attorney speaks with eyewitnesses as close to the time of the accident as possible, while their memories are fresh.
Most often reported motorcycle accident injuries.
Most motorcycle accidents are catastrophic by nature, meaning the injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can leave the injured with a long and painful recovery time, if not permanent disability. Your only concern should be recovery, but you are likely to find the medical industry does not run on goodwill. With mounting medical bills, inability to return to work, the possibility of canceled insurance, months of physical therapy ahead, insurance adjusters and lawyers pressing you to settle you claim, having someone in your corner – fighting for your best interest and your rights will start to make sense.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
According to NHTSA, of the 104,472 motorcyclists injured in traffic accidents, 15% wearing a helmet and 21% without a helmet suffered TBI. 54 % of the riders diagnosed with traumatic brain injury did not survive.
Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries from motorcycle rider accident impact often results in paralysis, either paraplegia or quadriplegia, and usually results in permanent disability for the victim.
NHTSA reports that lower-extremity injuries (bone fractures) are the most sustained injuries by riders, more frequently than any other type of injury.
Internal bleeding and internal organ damage caused by blunt-force trauma usually results from impact with something hard.
Even slow moving motorcycle accidents can lead to fractures. Impact from the motorcycle tipping over, crushing the rider’s leg or wrists and arms from trying to break the fall.
Skin abrasions, also called road rash, happens when a rider makes contact with the surface of the road during an accident. The severity depends on how long it took the rider to come to a complete stop. It can range from light skinning to very serious injury. Severe road rash requires medical attention to avoid infection and permanent scarring.
Leg or arm amputation can occur from a crush injury or when the impact of the accident throws the victim with such force that it shatters a limb beyond repair, requiring doctors to remove the limb.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is normal to feel fear. And we wish that all you had to do was worry about recovery, but you will soon find yourself inundated with outside pressure to make statements about the accident to authorities and insurance companies that want to assign fault.
At this point, it is in your best interest to call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Louisiana to assist with the legal aspects of your accident. Personal injury lawyers specializing in catastrophic injury know your rights and can buffer the unnecessary burdens others will try to place on you during recovery. Call Lundy Lundy Soileau & South for help with your motorcycle accident (337) 439-0707.