What’s the Most Important Thing to do After a Motorcycle Crash?

Motorcycle crashes are interesting beasts. After a crash, we tend to focus on what’s most visible; the road rash, the broken bones and disfigurement.

This can lead to overlooking what is often a far more serious injury – a concussion. We are so desensitized to this word that I hate even using it. I like to call them what they are – BRAIN INJURIES.

In fact, the Mayo Clinic defines a concussion as, “A brain injury caused by a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head and body.”

Making matters worse, the symptoms can be delayed by days, weeks or even months. This is why we always assign a family member or friend to closely monitor the client to track any physical or mental changes.

Keep any eye out for the following symptoms: loss of consciousness, confusion, headaches, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, speech problems, difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than normal, dizziness or loss of balance, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth or changes in the ability to smell, among others.

So what’s the most important thing you should do after a motorcycle crash? Get your brain checked immediately. If the doctor doesn’t order it, demand it or go elsewhere. It’s that important. #braininjury #injury #motorcyclecrash

What if You Were Partially at Fault for the Crash?

You’re cruising down the road, maybe just a little over the speed limit 🤫, and someone pulls out in front of you. Before you know it, BOOM 🏍💥🚗, you’re hit.

Does it matter that you were speeding? Do you still have a claim against the other driver?

The answer to both of these questions is YES, sort of…

Here’s the deal, if you were going REALLY FAST, like 15 or 20 miles over the speed limit, and the other driver can prove it, then the insurance company is really going to fight you. You’re pushing your luck if you were going 10 mph over the speed limit. **There is an exception to this – see below.

Hell, we have to fight the insurance company over stupid things like the size of an intersection. But that’s a story for another day.

HOWEVER, if you were only going a little over the speed limit, like 5-10 mph, then you are probably fine and they likely won’t fight you. But there’s a catch…

Again, this is only if the defendant can prove it, but the insurance company will try to reduce the value of your case by your percentage of fault.
For simplicity, let’s assume your case is worth $100 and the insurance company claims you were 5% at fault. They will reduce the value of your case by $5.

Obviously, this is VERY subjective, which is why it’ssomething we fight all the time, usually with the benefit of an accident reconstructionist. That’s also why we have juries.

**A major factor in these cases is the severity of your injuries. Even if you were mostly at fault for a crash, it’s sometimes in your best interest to pursue if you were severely injured. Missouri is very favorable to plaintiffs in this one respect; you can pursue a claim even if the other side is only 1% at fault.

“WHAT, HOW DOES THAT WORK?!?!”, you say? Let’s change the scenario above. Let’s say your damages are $1,000,000, not $100. If the defendant is 1% at fault, then your case is still worth $10,000.

These are obviously extreme examples. And they are just that, EXAMPLES. The point is that you shouldn’t give up on a case just because you think you were partially at fault.