The steps you take following a motorcycle accident, both in the immediate aftermath and in the subsequent days and weeks, can affect your recovery and damages that you receive. Here are some important steps to take at each time.
In the Immediate Aftermath
Even if you’re uninjured in the accident, it can be difficult to think straight following a crash due to the surge of adrenaline. Try to stay calm no matter what. Heightened emotions are understandable but not usually helpful.
- Call 911
This is the easiest and fastest way to summon police to the scene. The presence of law enforcement is not always required at the scene of an accident, but in many situations it is. Better to err on the side of caution and give them a call.
- Give Your Report to the Police
Be careful what you say, however. Stick to the facts and do not admit guilt or apologize.
- Gather Evidence
Assuming you are able to do so safely, obtain information from witnesses and take pictures of the scene.
- Obtain Medical Treatment
Even if you do not seem to be hurt, do not refuse medical treatment at the scene. If you do have a serious injury, prompt intervention could save your life, and if you do not, your medical documentation may nevertheless help your case later.
In the Following Days and Weeks
This can be a hectic time, particularly if you are recovering from an injury. This is the point where you will have to deal with both insurance companies.
- Contact Your Insurance Company
You should contact your own insurers as soon as possible after the crash to let them know what happened. They may be able to assist you in filing a claim with the other insurance company.
- Hire a Lawyer
This is an optional step, but may prove very helpful in guiding you through the process.
- Don’t Talk to the Other Insurance Company
It may not be possible to avoid talking to the other company at all, but do not do so any more than necessary. This can be difficult, as an adjuster will try to engage you in conversation. Don’t be fooled by the apparent show of concern, however. This is usually a ploy to get you to say something that will hurt your case.
- Document Everything
Keep records of every expense you incur related to the accident. Meticulous record-keeping now can help you later.
Overall, remember that you are not alone after a motorcycle accident. Attorneys are ready to help you in any way they can. Contact a law office for more information.