Motorcycles lack many of the safety features that protect drivers and passengers in cars. Therefore, the risk that someone involved in a motorcycle accident will sustain serious injuries and need medical treatment is greatly increased. Statistics show that motorcyclists are 5 times more likely to be injured in an accident vs occupants of a car.
Even if you have a minor accident in which you’ve sustained minor injuries such as scrapes, cuts, burns or soft-tissue injuries, you should go to the hospital or urgent care clinic to get checked out ASAP. After being involved in an accident on your motorcycle, your adrenaline kicks in, which can mask your pain, and seemingly minor injuries can result in major problems in the future if left untreated.
If you’ve been in an accident and sustained minor injuries, it’s not uncommon for the pain from those injuries to kick in hours or even days later. It’s a good idea to see a doctor to get a treatment plan on how to deal with those aches and pains using over-the-counter or prescription medications.
What you can’t see could kill you
The odds are pretty high that you won’t walk away from a motorcycle accident without sustaining some type of injury. While you may have superficial cuts and scrapes or no visible injuries at all, it’s the ones that you can’t see that can result in serious or even permanent damage in the days or weeks after the accident has occurred.
Therefore, going to the hospital after a motorcycle accident is critical to ensuring that you haven’t sustained a concussion, internal bleeding, or small fractures that aren’t immediately apparent. Getting an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan can help to rule out the presence of more serious injuries so that you can start getting treatment to make sure that you heal properly and prevent any permanent damage.
Getting medical treatment may help you in court
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, your first priority is to care for your immediate health by making sure that you see a doctor and get medical treatment for any injuries that you’ve sustained as soon as possible. If you delay seeking treatment, not only could it be bad for your health in both the short- and the long-term, but any delay in seeking treatment could prevent you from recovering fair and reasonable damages.
Keeping hospital and medical records documenting all of your healthcare visits, procedures, and treatments is very important because they will become necessary if you need to deal with any insurance companies after your accident.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident for which you are not to blame, you should seek the advice of a motorcycle accident attorney because proving who was at fault in the accident can be a complicated process.
At Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, biker lawyers in Riverside, our lawyers are well-versed in the intricacies of California motorcycle accident law and will diligently work to secure the most favorable outcome for your case.