Nothing beats the thrill, or the freedom, of roaring down the highway or flying up those twisting turning mountain roads on two wheels, but riding a motorcycle can be a dangerous way to get around. Drivers in larger vehicles do not always give motorcycle riders the space or the consideration they should, and when there is a crash it is often the motorcyclist who takes the brunt of the impact and sustains the most serious injuries.
Whether you are a brand new rider or an experienced motorcycle rider, you need to remain constantly vigilant and aware of your surroundings. And if an accident does happen, you need to know what steps to take next. Taking the right steps immediately after a motorcycle accident is the best way to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve for any personal injuries and property damage you have sustained.
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Steps to follow if you’re injured in a motorcycle accident.
If you have sustained any injuries in the accident, the first thing you need to do is call 9-1-1. Getting the medical attention you need is a critical first step – everything else can wait.
If you have not sustained injuries in the crash and the other driver is unhurt as well, the first thing you need to do is gather insurance information and contact data from the other driver. Be sure to get statements from any witnesses who may have seen what happened, as well as the names of any passengers in the car that hit you.
You will want to document the scene thoroughly by taking lots of pictures. Be sure to capture both wide angle shots of the area where the accident occurred, as well as close-up shots of the exact spot and the damages sustained by both your motorcycle and the other vehicle or vehicles. Accurate documentation will be essential later on, and it will help the insurance adjuster and police officers reconstruct the accident scene and determine exactly what happened.
Now is not the time to assign blame or make accusations. Now is the time to document the scene, record your thoughts on what happened and gather the insurance and contact information of the other driver. Even if you are extremely angry and upset, you need to keep your cool and keep your wits about you.
Be sure to record the license plate number of the other vehicle involved in the crash, as well as the make, model and model year. Call the local police station if you can find their direct number or 911 if you cannot. Never leave the accident scene until the police arrive and have taken your statement and the statement of the other driver, and be sure to get a copy of the police report as soon as it has been completed.
After the accident, you may receive a call from an adjuster working for the other party’s insurance company. You should not grant this person an interview, since they will try to minimize the damages and reduce the amount of money you get from the claim. Even an innocent remark could be taken out of context and used against you, so you should simply refuse to talk to them until you have contacted an experienced personal injury attorney.
You should also not rush to make repairs to your bike. Wait until the damage has been fully documented and the motorcycle has been examined by someone from your insurance company. Repairing the bike too quickly could reduce the amount of money you can claim and hurt your case going forward.
If you have sustained any injuries, you will want to keep a careful record of all your doctor visits and hospital stays, as well as any out-of-pocket expenses you have sustained as a result of the crash. From the co-payments on prescriptions for pain medication to the cost of the doctor visit or specialist, it is important to document everything so you can be reimbursed down the line.
If you have to miss work to go to the doctor, schedule repairs for your bike or deal with the insurance company, you will want to document that as well. Add those lost work hours to your out-of-pocket cost and present them to your personal injury attorney so they can get you the compensation you deserve.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident is a traumatic experience, and sustaining serious injuries or significant damage to your bike makes it even worse. Taking the steps outlined above and contacting a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible can protect your rights and mitigate the damage to your life and the riding experience you love.
Call Personal Injury Attorney Jared Everton at (480) 467-4392 to discuss your case today.
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