Motorcycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and the moments after are usually confusing and stressful. You may have many questions: What do you do? Who should you talk to? Who pays your medical bills? How do you protect your legal rights?
Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
- Call 911. The most important thing to do after a motorcycle accident is get medical attention for both yourself and anyone else involved. (Keeping a 'just in case' card can help emergency personnel treat you and others quickly and correctly.)
- Give an accident report. When the police arrive, make sure you report the details of the accident on paper. Remember, don't talk to anyone besides a police officer about the accident, and don't admit fault.
- Preserve evidence. If you can, take photos and video of the scene of the accident, including damage to your bike and any injuries that resulted from the collision. Use your phone, or consider keeping a disposable camera in a storage compartment so you're prepared.
- Trade insurance information. Remember to get the following information from others involved in the accident:
- Make, model, year, license plate number, and VIN from the other vehicles
- Name, address, birth date, phone number, license number, and insurance information from the other driver(s) and passengers
- Identify witnesses. If anyone saw the accident happen, ask them for their names and contact info.
- Contact your insurance company. Notify them of your motorcycle accident and pass along information you collected from other drivers and passengers. Never give a recorded statement or detailed description. It could be used against you. Always be careful what you say to insurance companies – even when it's your own insurance company.
- Contact an attorney. Once you've done everything you can to protect yourself and your legal rights after the accident, contact a lawyer. Many times you can receive much more money from a claim or settlement if you hire an attorney to represent you.
For more information on motorcycle accidents and tips on protecting your legal rights, you can visit my law firm's website at EdgarSnyder.com.
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