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How to Recover After a Motorcycle Accident
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, it can be a traumatic and disorienting experience. Recovery is possible, but the process can be long and difficult depending on the severity of your injuries. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help reduce your pain, make sure you heal properly, and get back on your feet as soon as possible.
Our attorneys offer advice on how to properly recover after a motorcycle accident and provide guidelines for getting back on the road safely.
Regaining Ground After a Motorcycle Accident
A motorcycle accident can be a life-changing event. After the initial shock of the incident wears off, it’s important to focus on both your physical and emotional recovery.
Some steps you can take to recover after a motorcycle accident include:
#1. Seek Medical Attention
Seek medical attention immediately. Even if you feel fine, it’s critical to get checked by a doctor as soon as possible. Injuries sustained in motorcycle wrecks can often be much more severe than they appear initially.
Though you might feel fine, do not leave the scene of the incident and go straight home, go to the hospital or an urgent care clinic.
The care that you receive in the moments after the collision will help diagnose any injuries you may have, and also serve as a record of your injuries when you file your claim.
- Follow up with your doctor
- Follow any physical therapy suggestions
- Know your limitations and do not over-extend your injuries
- Make any necessary modifications
#2. Contact Your Insurance Companies
After you seek medical treatment, you should then reach out to your insurance companies. Though you may have already placed a claim with your motorcycle insurance provider, it is necessary to make the most of your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and medical insurance benefits as well.
Start With PIP Insurance
Personal Injury Protection should be a part of your motorcycle insurance coverage. Though it is not required for motorcyclists in Florida, we highly recommend that you carry it. PIP is the first line of financial protection that you can use to pay for medical expenses after an accident.
PIP benefits provide coverage regardless of who was at fault.
PIP coverage will provide payment for your emergency room or urgent care visits, as well as possible compensation for any lost wages relating to missed work due to the crash.
Reach Out to Your Medical Insurance Company
If you have suffered severe injuries in your motorcycle wreck, your medical insurance will cover many of the medical expenses, depending on your coverage and deductible.
As soon as the insurance company receives word that you were in an accident and begins receiving the bills for care, you will receive a letter asking about the incident and how it occurred. If you contact them first, you can avoid this step which ensures that your claims get approved faster.
When you contact them, you may also want to confirm:
- Your in-network providers
- What expenses they will cover relating to physical therapy and recovery
- What copays and deductibles you can expect
- The coverage limits in your policy for physical therapy
- Your out-of-pocket maximum for the year
- How will this accident impact your coverage
#3. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Whether you were the rider or a passenger, one of the most critical steps in your recovery process is seeking legal help from a personal injury attorney.
An experienced personal injury attorney, like one of ours from Mickey Keenan P.A., can help you navigate the complex legal system and advocate for your rights as an accident victim.
We can assist with obtaining medical records, dealing with insurance companies, negotiating settlements, and even represent you in court if necessary.
With our expertise in personal injury law, we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
#4. Notify Your Employer
Don’t hesitate to notify your manager or employer as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident, especially if you suffered severe injuries and will need to take time off of work.
You will also want to discuss:
- How long you will need to be out of work or on light duty
- What modifications you will need due to limitations from your injuries
- If you can work part-time or set up a work-from-home arrangement
#5. Rest and Recover
You won’t be able to recover from an accident unless you rest, recover, and keep a close eye on your mental well-being. Many victims may suffer from PTSD after a crash, while others may suffer from depression or anxiety.
If necessary seek treatment from a mental health professional to help resolve these lingering issues.
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Get On the Road to Recovery from a Motorcycle Accident
Recovering from such an event can be a difficult and lengthy process. However, with proper medical attention and legal representation, it is possible to get back on track. At Mickey Keenan P.A., our experienced personal injury attorneys will help guide you through each step of the process and ensure that your best interests are always represented.
We are dedicated to helping victims of motorcycle accidents get their lives back on track and we will fight for your best interests every step of the way.
Your fight is our fight. Contact our skilled lawyers today for a case review.