Motorcycle accidents can be life-changing. The best advice is to pretend that the other vehicles on the road do not see you, ride safely, and always be on the lookout for inattentive automobile drivers.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents:
If you should be involved in an accident, here are some steps that you should take:
Whether you think they’re serious or not, if you have any injuries from the accident, make sure you get evaluated and treated. We advise that you accept treatment at the scene from emergency response personnel and that you allow yourself to be transported directly to the emergency room. Not all injuries are readily apparent. This is the case even for some serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries. Proper and prompt medical treatment will go a long way toward making sure that you have the best medical outcome possible. Further, the insurance companies will often accuse a claimant who does not seek immediate medical treatment of later “faking” injury just to receive compensation. They will rely on as evidence of this claim the fact that a claimant may not have sought medical treatment immediately after the collision.
After informing persons that you need medical attention, do not discuss your injury or make formal statements except to your doctor or legal advisor. This includes statements in writing, over the phone, or in person. These statements may later be used against you. This rule of thumb applies especially to communications with insurance companies. You should have no discussions regarding your injuries or relating to the manner in which the collision occurred with any insurance company without first speaking with an attorney.
Do not post anything relating to your accident, your injuries or your recovery on social media. Increasingly, large insurance companies hire firms to troll social media sites looking for people discussing the either their accidents or their injuries with the hope of using that information to undermine the claimants case.
Many times, the exact cause of an accident is unclear immediately after the accident. People are sometimes tempted to apologize for getting into an accident, even when it’s not their fault. Also, people sometimes “agree” with a version of events given by an another, even when it’s not accurate. It is best to refrain from having any discussions at the scene regarding the collision. You should, however, be mindful of statements made by others and even make a note of their identities and comments when you have an opportunity to do so.
Pictures of your physical injuries, property damage, and the accident scene can provide good documentation for your claim. The key is to do this as soon as possible, before conditions change. Broken pavement, debris, or whatever it was that caused your injury should be documented before it is cleaned away. Pictures of your injuries (bruises, broken skin, etc.) should be taken before they heal. Pictures of your motorcycle or other damaged gear should be taken before they are lost or thrown away.
If possible, try to get information from any witnesses at the scene. Here is some information you should ask them:
If police are called to the scene, make sure you get the name of the responding officer and the case number. You will also want to be sure to get the name of the officer’s department or agency. Police usually give you a business card with this information. The following day, ask to get a copy of the police report. It may take a few days for the report to be available. Read it carefully so you can point out any errors in the report to your attorney.
Make a folder or an envelope and keep all your medical records and bills in one place, including doctor office visits, medications, laboratory tests, physical therapy, prescriptions, hospital visits, medical records, and diagnostic services (i.e., x-rays, MRI’s and scans).