What should I do if I’ve been in a Motorcycle Accident?
- July 27, 2016
Being in a motorcycle accident is a frightening experience, no matter how serious or otherwise it is. While these accidents can cause you to become frazzled, it’s essential that you follow a number of steps after the accident has occurred.
What To Do Immediately Following the Accident
Handling yourself well directly after a motorcycle accident is integral to your safety and well-being. First, you need to get yourself to safety. Get out of the roadway if you can and make sure to stay away from any wrecked vehicles, as they could catch on fire. Check for injuries right away on you and anyone else involved in the accident. At this point, 911 needs to be called. An ambulance should be requested, even for the slightest of injuries. Because of the adrenaline boost that happens when you’re involved in an accident, you might not immediately notice an injury. Inspect your body for any injuries before an ambulance arrives.
During this time, it’s essential that you keep a calm manner about you. Don’t argue with anyone else involved in the accident or get into a physical fight. Never say anything that implies culpability on yourself. Make sure not to leave the scene until insurance and contact information has been exchanged with all parties involved in the accident. You will need to know the make, model and year of each vehicle, and should take photos with a camera or smartphone of any property damaged that’s been incurred. This will assist with insurance claims. Don’t hesitate to get information from any witnesses to the accident as well. This should include their contact information and written details about what they saw occur.
Steps to Take Once You’ve Left the Scene
Once you’ve left the scene where the accident took place, there’s still a lot left to do. First, call your insurance company and provide them with the details of the accident. These details must be comprehensive and include every relevant bit of information, such as the makes and models of the vehicles, as well as the contact information for any witnesses. Don’t provide any information about your injuries or the damage done to the vehicle until you’ve gone to the hospital and taken your vehicle to a mechanic. You want the compensation from insurance to be as accurate as possible.
It’s also important that you never tell anyone that you were at fault for the accident, as doing so could cause the insurance company to deny your claim. However, you also don’t want to lie to a police officer or insurance company, so don’t bring it up unless you have to. The next step involved in this process is where we at El Dabe Law Offices come in. By contacting an attorney for your motorcycle accident case, you will have professional assistance that is looking out for your best interests, both financially and legally. An attorney can be useful in situations where your insurance claim has been denied, you were wrongly accused of being at fault for the accident, the damages you’ve incurred are higher than the limit of your coverage or if you’re suffering from severe injuries due to the accident.
If you’ve been to a doctor or hospital for your injuries, it’s important that you follow your doctor’s orders to the letter. Motorcycle accidents can cause injuries that you don’t even know about until weeks later. A doctor will provide you with instructions on how to heal without any lasting repercussions. This also applies to any medications you’ve been prescribed. Lastly, it’s essential that you maximize your insurance claim. If the accident was the fault of someone else, you are entitled to compensation for even the slightest of injuries or damage.
A thorough examination should be conducted by a doctor, and compensation should account for any time you’ve missed at work or traveling costs that have been incurred from traveling to doctors and hospitals for treatment. Claims can’t be opened again once they’ve been finalized, which is why it’s so important that you get it right the first time. To ensure that this is the case, give us a call and we will provide you with high quality representation.