Top 5 Things to Know if You’re in a Motorcycle Accident
You or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident. It’s a very stressful situation. Here, we explain how to alleviate your stress. We explain how to best handle your medical bills. You may also be worried about your job, getting back to work, what to do if you cannot work for a permanent or temporary time period. You likely have questions about holding the other driver responsible. Many answers for common concerns are provided below. If your question is not answered here, you should immediately call The Koppelman Law Firm. An attorney can answer your questions if you call or e-mail us.
How To Report a Motorcycle Crash
If you are involved in a motorcycle collision, you must make a report to DMV within 10 days, even if you are not responsible for the collision. In California, you should fill out the SR-1 form and mail it to the address identified at the top of the SR-1 form. The SR-1 form is available here: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/web/eng_pdf/sr1.pdf
- Call the police
- Call your insurance company
- Call the other party’s insurance company
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Crash Cases
Can motorcycle accident cause a bulging disc?
Yes. Disc bulges are some of the most common injuries suffered as a result of an automobile collision.
Can a motorcycle accident cause a herniated disc?
Yes. Herniated disc and disc protrusions are common injuries associated with motor vehicle collisions.
Can a motorcycle accident exacerbate a pre-existing back injury?
Motorcycle collisions may also exacerbate a pre-existing disc protrusion. This means that a herniated disc may have already existed before the collision; however, the person with the herniated disc was asymptomatic (did not feel pain) prior to the collision. Attorney Koppelman has an excellent track record handling cases involving herniated discs and disc protrusions.
Some of our results involving back injuries are provided below:
- $817,000 for exacerbated herniated disc
- $750,000 for herniated disc in lower back
- $300,000 for herniated disc in the neck
- $250,000 for exacerbated disc bulge in neck
- $217,000 for herniated disc in lower back as a result of a rear-end collision
Can a motorcycle accident cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People involved in car accidents may suffer PTSD as the result of even a minor collision. PTSD can appear in multiple ways: fear of driving, fear of driving on the freeway, fear of changing lanes, fear of driving alone, and the list goes on.
If you believe you have suffered PTSD as a result of an automobile collision, it is incredibly important that you see a medical professional. You should also promptly contact an attorney.
Can a motorcycle accident cause a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Head trauma may be caused as a direct result of a motorcycle crash. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered head trauma as a result of a motorcycle crash, it is important that you promptly call The Koppelman Law Firm so that we can assist you in getting the help you need.
Who Can You Sue in a Motorcycle Crash Case?
If you are involved in a car accident, California allows you to file a lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for the collision. Generally, this would include the driver of the vehicle who caused the collision as well as the owner of the vehicle (in the event the vehicle is owned by someone other than the driver). If the accident was caused by a commercial or business vehicle, then you may be entitled to sue the driver responsible for the collision as well as the company where the driver works.