Many of us enjoy the freedom and exhilaration that comes with traveling on two wheels. Unfortunately, other motorists often fail to take motorcyclists and bicyclists into consideration when driving in Alaska. As motorcyclists and bicyclists operate smaller vehicles and are more exposed than other drivers, they are also more prone to severe injuries when involved in a collision. There are a number of causes for motorcycle or bicycle accidents, but here are a few of the more common:
- Operating under the influence
- Overlooking a smaller vehicle
- Failure to yield (especially to bicyclists)
- Distracted driving
- Road rage
Regardless of the cause of the collision, the personal and financial impact is usually significantly higher for those on two wheels than their four-wheel counterparts.
Steps to Take Following a Motorcycle or Bicycle Accident:
In crashes that involve a motorcycle or bicycle, all parties are usually disoriented and excitable. We urge you to follow the steps below after being involved in one of these accidents to ensure that everyone remains safe and that you get the justice you deserve in the event that you file a personal injury claim:
- Make sure the area is safe, and attend to any immediate medical needs.
- Call 911.
- Take photos at the scene.
- Exchange contact information with any witnesses.
- Record the make, model, and license plate numbers of all vehicles present.
- Immediately contact an experienced and professional personal injury attorney.
- Monitor and document the status of your injuries, especially if they continue to nag or worsen or if they prevent you from working.
Here at the Law Office of William D. Cook, we have a wealth of experience litigating personal injury claims arising from motorcycle and bicycle accidents. We also offer a free consultation to thoroughly discuss the particulars of your case, as well as a policy that ensures that you do not pay until we are able to win your case through settlement or trial.