What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Alaska
Your status as a Motorcycle rider in traffic is always precarious, no matter how attentive and cautious you are. Most motorcyclists take every precaution to mitigate the dangers of the road to avoid becoming another motorcycle accident casualty. Unfortunately, no matter what precautions you take, you can't control other people on the road. Someone else's negligence or recklessness may hurt you. Regardless of how your accident happened, if you were injured in an automobile accident due to someone else's careless actions, you may be entitled to compensation. You should protect your rights by consulting an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault, contact the Trial Guy, attorney Eric Derleth right away. Our personal injury lawyers at Trial Guy will work on securing motorcycle accident settlements for you, while you concentrate on recovering. With offices in Anchorage and Soldotna, we proudly serve all of Alaska.
We invite you to call at 907-262-9164 or contact us now to schedule a free, confidential consultation to get your questions answered.
Steps to Follows after a Motorcycle accident
If you are involved in a motorcycle collision, first ensure your own safety. Then, after ensuring your own safety following a car accident, you should do the following:
- Call the emergency medical helpline9(11) immediately following a motorcycle accident. Both law enforcement and medical personnel should be present at the scene to document the accident and care for any injuries sustained in the accident.
- If you have sustained any injuries, be sure to follow up with a medical professional to understand the full extent of the injury.
- Track any expenses you incur following the accident. This includes any medical appointments or costs related to fixing your motorcycle.
- Contact a motorcycle accident attorney in Anchorage or Soldotna. Choosing the correct lawyer can make all the difference in the compensation you receive for the accident.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Eighty percent of all motorcycle accidents result in some type of injury- and nearly half of all motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles happen at intersections. Motorcycle accidents have a higher injury rate as compared to motor vehicle accidents, because of a lack of a protective outer shell that protects cars and trucks, and a lack of passive protective systems such as seatbelts and airbags.
Common situations that result in motorcycle accidents are:
- A vehicle pulls out in front of a motorcycle
- Rear ending – where a motorcycle has come to a sudden stop and is hit by a vehicle from behind the motorcycle
- A vehicle turns in front of an oncoming motorcycle
- Where a motor vehicle cuts a corner while negotiating a bend and hits a motorcycle or pushes it off the road
Two common injuries associated with motorcycle injuries are:
- Crash on Road: Friction abrasions to the skin caused by sliding across the road or pavement during or after a motorcycle accident without proper protection. Road rash injuries can lead to permanent skin damage and irritation and/or infections.
- Injuries on Head: Alaska does not require persons over the age of eighteen to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle. Such injuries include mild to severe concussions, headaches, memory loss, and nausea.
To receive compensation for your injuries and or property damage, contact a motorcycle injury lawyer in Alaska to examine and evaluate your case to determine fault and the evidence required to help your claim. We at Trial Guy handle motorcycle injuries and work at upholding the rights of motorcycle operators. Our lawyers will handle your motorcycle accident.
Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Your Claim
Like other types of personal injury claims, motorcycle accident claims depend on liability. In Alaska, you need not prove that the other person was entirely at fault for the accident. In order to pursue compensation for a car accident in Alaska, you must show the following:
- Another person was partially at fault for the accident
- The accident caused your injuries
- Your injuries led to significant economic or non-economic damages
Under Alaska's rule of comparative fault, you can still recover compensation for your damages if you are partially liable for the accident. However, if so, your total recovery amount will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. Remember that this process can be incredibly complex and that liability insurance companies will often do everything they can to devalue or deny your claim. The other person's insurance company is not acting in your best interests; it is best to avoid speaking to any adjusters from the liable insurance company. You do not have to provide a statement to anyone other than your own insurance provider and the police at the scene. Always be sure to contact the Anchorage motorcycle accident lawyers at our firm to ensure that your right to a fair and just financial recovery is protected.
How to Negotiate with Insurance Companies after an Accident?
Be aware insurance claims adjusters are trained to reduce the amount of a settlement you are paid. Insurance companies want you to believe that handling accident claims is a simple matter that does not require the assistance of an attorney. The only way to make sure you get a fair settlement or award is to have an attorney who understands the insurance system and is well prepared and experienced in trying cases in court, and who will do everything possible to fight for your rights. Daily, insurance companies delay payment, offer insufficient settlements before accident victims can fully understand the extent of their damages, or sometimes, flat-out deny any valid claims made against them.
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If you or someone that you care about is in a motorcycle accident – or you have lost one - here in Anchorage, Soldotna, Kenai, Kenai, Palmer / Wasilla, and throughout Alaska, contact the Trial Guy himself, experienced Attorney Eric Derleth right away. The sooner you do, the sooner we can protect your rights and fight on your behalf. We will be happy to offer you a free initial consultation.
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