5 Steps To Take If You’re a Motorcyclist Injured In An Accident
Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic, and you may feel confused and in shock. Knowing what to after a motorcycle accident can help you get a handle on the situation and protect your rights. Following these steps from our motorcycle accident lawyer at Moore Law Firm can help to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your damages.
1. Dial 911
If you are able, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. Even if you think you are not injured, many symptoms of serious injury can take days or weeks to appear. Check to see if anyone else is injured, and give first aid if possible. It’s also important to call 911 so the accident is documented by law enforcement. A police report provides vital evidence that can back up your account of the incident.
2. Get Out Of The Road
If the location of your bike is unsafe, move it to the side of the road. If your motorcycle does not pose a hazard to you or others, leave it where it is, stay at the scene and wait for police to arrive.
3. Collect Information And Evidence
Get all contact and insurance information from everyone who is involved in the accident, including driver’s license information and make, model and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved as well. Ask any witnesses for their statements and contact information. Take pictures of the scene, including damage to your motorcycle and other vehicles. Include photos of your injuries, signs, traffic signals, road conditions and anything else that might be relevant to the accident. If you can, jot down notes about how the accident happened while it’s fresh in your mind.
4. Contact Your Insurance Company
Call your insurance company and give a factual account of what occurred. Answer their questions honestly, but don’t admit fault in any way. Insurance companies often try to offer an inadequate amount of compensation or deny claims altogether, which can leave you stuck with costly accident-related expenses down the road. Do not give a statement to any other party’s insurance company representatives or sign anything without speaking to a qualified motorcycle accident attorney first. Once you’ve provided a statement, they may try to assign blame to you for causing the accident.
5. Contact A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents can cause catastrophic injuries such as amputation, compound fractures, and brain, neck and spinal cord injuries that require lifelong medical treatment. A motorcycle accident lawyer will be well-versed in both local and state motorcycle laws and ensure that your rights are protected. A legal team will investigate the facts of your claim and know which type of relevant evidence to collect to back up your claim.
Contact A Knowledgeable Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one is a motorcyclist who’s been injured in a crash, our motorcycle accident lawyers can help. Call Moore Law Firm at 251-445-7602 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.