With their high speeds and exposed frames, motorcycles leave their drivers vulnerable to debilitating injuries. All it takes is one negligent driver taking his eye off the road for one second to cause an accident that changes your life forever.
If you’ve been injured by a bad driver, or even suffered an accident caused by a driver’s negligence, you have a legal right to recover your damages. And the Elrod Pope Law Firm will make sure you get what you deserve. Our attorneys have years of experience handling motorcycle cases, and will fight for you to make sure you get the offer you deserve, covering your damages not only for medical bills and lost wages, but time spent away from your family, future medical treatment, and your diminished quality of life.
Often motorcycle accidents cause long-term injuries that are hard to diagnose and evaluate. You may receive an offer from the negligent driver’s attorney that seems to cover your immediate damages, only to find years down the line that you’re still in need of medical care and treatment. But once you’ve agreed to an offer, it’s almost impossible to recover any further damages. At Elrod Pope Law Firm, our work as South Carolina Personal Injury lawyers helps us know exactly how to evaluate your accident and injuries, and will make sure that you get a settlement that takes care of you not only for the short-term, but for the rest of your life.
After a Motorcycle Accident Checklist
- Call 911 or police.
- Seek medical attention immediately if necessary.
- Gather information, take photos, find witnesses.
- Stay Calm. Don’t discuss blame.
- Notify your insurance company.
- Consult an Attorney.
Although not required for an initial consultation, the following items are helpful to bring along so that our attorneys can review your potential case as well as expedite the claim process.
- Copy of Accident Report
- FR-10 Report
- Copy of Your Insurance Declarations Page
- Medical Records/ Documentation/ Correspondence
Motorcycle Accident Case Guidelines
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, there will be several things going on during your case. Here are some guidelines to assist you during the process as well as address any concerns you may have.
- #1 RULE: GET BETTER!
- Act Fast
- Seek Immediate Medical Treatment
- Rental Car
- Communicate with Your Doctor
- Monitor and Document Your Condition and Treatment
- Property Damage
- Property Damage – Total Loss
- Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM)Settling Too Fast
Don’t Settle Too Soon
The at-fault driver’s insurance carrier will often push you to a fast settlement, which may be much lower than what is fair to you. Keep in mind that once you waive your rights and accept a settlement, your case cannot be re-opened.