5 Steps You Need to Take if You’ve Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident
Even though you have the proper safety gear and are a safe motorcyclist, accidents can still occur. No matter who is at fault, it’s important to know what to do after a motorcycle accident. If you got an injury because someone else ignored traffic laws, you could file a personal injury claim. Below are the steps you need to take if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident.
1. Call the police
Whenever you get involved in any accident, it is important that you call the police immediately. Calling the police will help when filing your personal injury claim and insurance compensation. When the police arrive at the scene, make sure they record a statement from all parties involved. The statement recorded by the police officer will serve as evidence during court proceedings and when claiming compensation from your insurance company. Failure to call the police can weaken your evidence, which can deny you the justice and compensation you deserve.
2. Call your insurance agent
It’s important that you call your insurance agent as soon as possible after an accident as well. Provide them with all relevant information, but remember not to admit fault to anyone, including your insurance agent. If they ask you about your injury or motorcycle damage, don’t give any information until you visit the hospital for yourself and an experienced mechanic for your bike. You may underestimate the damage created, which can deny you the correct amount of compensation.
3. Move your bike off the road
Whether you’re in a position to take photos or not, you need to move your bike off the road. Leaving your bike on the road may result in another accident. Approaching vehicles may not know an accident has occurred, especially at night, so moving your bike off the road can help prevent any additional accidents.
4. Contact a motorcycle accident attorney
Hiring a motorcycle accident attorney can be costly, but it’s worth it. Imagine battling it out alone in a court of law with experienced attorneys. Instead of wasting time making numerous visits to court, why not hire a motorcycle accident lawyer to help you with your personal injury claim? A lawyer has the experience to handle your case and win it, thus getting the justice you deserve. Remember, your attorney will only help you if you tell them exactly what happened.
5. Assess damages
Whenever you get involved in an accident, you should go to the hospital and meet with an experienced doctor. Follow all guidelines the doctor will give you, as failure to follow these guidelines can be disadvantageous to your personal injury case. Going to the hospital can make the court have interest in your case because it will show how serious your injury is.
Riding a motorcycle can be enjoyable, but it can also cause you serious injury and loss. It’s vital that you know what to do if you find yourself in an accident. As long as you follow these guidelines, you should be well on your way to receiving the appropriate compensation you deserve.
This is a collaborative article.