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How Much a Motorcycle Crash Can Cost You

by Matthew Willens on Aug. 11, 2015

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: Because of your lack of protection, injuries from motorcycle accidents are often severe. If you don’t want to get stuck having to cover the cost of treating them, get in touch with a top-rated motorcycle attorney.

Not only is riding a motorcycle risky business, it can be costly. The extent of injuries you suffer from a Chicago motorcycle accident are typically more severe than those from a car accident, necessitating extensive medical care in order to recover. To help ensure that you are not held responsible for these costs if another driver was at fault for your accident, it is advisable that you speak with a qualified Chicago motorcycle attorney.

According to the Government Accountability Office, the medical costs that incur as a result of a non-fatal motorcycle accident can range from $2,500 to $1.4 million. The large disparity is due to the type and severity of the sustained injury or injuries. Some motorcyclists can walk away from an accident with not much more than road burn on their arms and legs, while others suffer traumatic brain injuries that require multiple surgeries and years of therapy.

Severe injury such as traumatic brain injury and spinal cord damage are among the most expensive conditions to treat after a motorcycle accident. They are also the most likely to cause the victim to have to make permanent life changes in order to adjust. When negotiating a deal with insurance companies to help you recover financial damages, a Illinois motorcycle accident attorney will make sure that your future medical needs are being taken into consideration.

Because of the high cost of medical care after a motorcycle accident, it is not uncommon for the insurance adjustor to try to lower the settlement amount. In 2012, the total cost of motorcycle accidents was $12 billion according the Centers for Disease Control, prompting many insurance companies to try and mitigate their losses by making low settlement offers.

What to do if You are Injured in a Motorcycle Collision?

If you are injured in a motorcycle crash, you should keep all conversation and correspondence with any insurance adjustor to a bare minimum until you have gotten advice from a motorcycle injuy attorney. In most cases you will be advised to direct any questions to them in order to avoid having something you said about the accident or injury being used against you in regards to your motorcycle claim.

Keep careful records of all of your medical procedures and bills and follow the advice of your treating physician. If you have been given restrictions in regard to the type of activities you can partake in, be sure to abide by them. Insurance companies are not above watching your daily activities in an attempt to try and catch you doing something inconsistent with your injury.

Because of your lack of protection, injuries from motorcycle accidents are often severe. If you don’t want to get stuck having to cover the cost of treating them, get in touch with a top-rated motorcycle attorney at Willens Law Offices immediately so that they can get to work on processing your claim, while you focus on getting well enough to ride again.

Call (312) 957-4166 for a free and private consultation.

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