After a Motorcycle Accident Injury
After a motorcycle accident, make sure to keep calm. It is important to fully apprise the situation with a level head. These steps after a motorcycle accident injury could help protect you from repercussions this could be in regard to insurance coverage and any subsequent legal disputes.
Check For Injuries
After an accident, check for injuries. These can be injuries to yourself, passengers or other drives. If anyone is hurt, call 911. You will not be held responsible for the accident simply because you placed the call for help.
Do not risk your safety or the safety of others, but it is important to take your own photographic evidence of the scene. Make sure to take pictures from a variety of angles. Documenting the motorcycle, other involved vehicles, and the surrounding environment may prove helpful with insurance or during a court case.
Move Your Bike
After taking photos, move your bike off the road as soon as it is safe to do so. Leaving your vehicle on the road is a hazard to oncoming traffic.
If you did not call 911 for emergency assistance, contact your local police department. When the officer arrives, he or she will create a police report. This official document is important to protecting your legal rights and rights to compensation. It is also recommended to gather your own information autonomous of the report. Speak with witnesses, passengers, other drivers, and the police officer. If able, try to compile the following information:
- Contact information, including the names and phone numbers or email addresses, of all witnesses
- Vehicle information of involved vehicles, including: make and model of the vehicles, and license plate numbers
- The name and badge number of the officer
- The police report number
- Contact information for other drivers, including names, phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses
- The vehicle identification numbers (VIN) for any involved vehicles
- Insurance company name and contact information for involved vehicles
Call Your Insurance Agent
After documenting and gathering information, call your insurance. Giving them all the information you gathered can help streamline the process. Never admit fault to anyone even your insurance company.
If the insurance agent asks about your injuries, insist that you will provide more information after you see a doctor. Underestimating your damages (pain and injuries often appear days after your accident) can reduce your rightful compensation.
Get Legal Guidance
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should first seek immediate medical treatment. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm offers free consultations. Getting legal help can put your mind at ease and let you focus on what matters most — getting better.