Here’s what motorcycle accident victims need to know
What happens if you’re injured in a motorcycle accident? What can you do?
When you hop on your motorcycle to go to work, school, or even on a relaxing ride, you don’t expect that you’re going to be involved in any sort of traffic accident. Unfortunately, each year, adults across the country are seriously injured in motorcycle collisions. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s vital that you reach out to a personal injury attorney who can guide you during this time. Your lawyer knows exactly what you’re going through and can help you understand what your next steps should be. When you’re involved in an accident, here’s what you need to know.
First off, always report the accident. Don’t let the driver of the other vehicle make empty promises to you. Unfortunately, when you’re in an accident, you might experience shock. If the other driver tells you they’ll pay you back, or they’ll contact you at a later date, you may be tempted to be polite and take them up on this especially if you’re experiencing emotional trauma. This rarely works in your favor, however. You need to contact the police immediately. Call from the scene of the accident for instructions as to what you should do next. If you have serious injuries that require medical attention, call for emergency medical services right away and seek medical care. This will establish a timeline of when the accident occurred, but it will also ensure that you’re as safe as possible.
It’s also important that you avoid admitting fault. Never apologize or say, “I’m so sorry.” Even if you’re trying to be thoughtful, a statement like this may be viewed as admitting guilt. You may certainly check on the other driver, but consider saying something like, “Are you okay?” You could also ask, “Are you injured?” Apologizing at the scene of an accident isn’t polite. Instead, it can reduce your ability to receive compensation.
Make sure you keep your medical records and any pictures you may have taken of the accident or your injuries. Your attorney may want to see these when you meet up with them to discuss your case. Medical receipts, documents, and photographs will go a long way in proving the extent of your injuries. Additionally, keep any communication you may receive from your physician or any police officers you talk to, such as emails, text messages, or voice mails.
It’s also important that you be completely transparent with your attorney. Even if you believe you might be partially to blame for the accident, tell your attorney exactly what happened. Chances are that they will find out anyway, but knowing your full side of the story can help your lawyer prepare more carefully. Even if you made a mistake while driving, you may still be entitled to compensation, but you won’t know until you talk with your attorney.
Meet with your lawyer as soon as possible. Each accident has a statute of limitations. Once a certain period of time has passed, you will no longer be able to seek compensation or damages for the injuries, so meet with your lawyer promptly to talk about your case. Remember that your lawyer is on your side and wants you to have the best outcome possible, so don’t wait. Call today.