What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

What should you do when you’re in a motorcycle accident? Clearly, the answer to that question will depend upon the gravity of the accident. However, you should always seek medical attention first and foremost. Medical attention aside, there are some things you can do to preserve any rights you may have when the accident occurs, such as:

Get medical attention. We mentioned this above, but it can’t be overstated – this should be your number one concern. Period.

Don’t leave the accident. Just like an automobile accident, staying at the scene to exchange phone numbers and addresses or wait for the police to arrive is crucial. Failing to do so could result in criminal charges. Don’t forget – fault and liability have not yet been determined.

Keep comments to a minimum. Gathering the facts of how the accident occurred will often lead people to make comments that can increase their liability or limit their damages later. Whenever possible, avoid making comments about your health, about fault, etc. While you should certainly cooperate with the police and the other driver(s), saying ‘it was all my fault’ before really understanding what happened can only harm you later on.

Gather information. Whether or not the police are called, you should always get as much information from the other driver as possible. This includes:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Insurance company
  • License plate number
  • Driver’s license number

Whenever possible, try to gather as much information from anyone who stopped to help as they may end up being a witness for you should a lawsuit become necessary. If you happen to have a camera or cell phone that takes pictures, use them to take pictures of the scene or any injuries or damage sustained.

Keep records. Even if you don’t plan on bringing a lawsuit, it is important to keep records of any expenses you incur. This may include doctor(s) visits, repair(s) of your bike, and rental charges for other vehicles used while your bike was being repaired and any time missed from work that resulted from the accident.

Contact an attorney. An attorney whose practice focuses on motorcycle injuries can help you determine the complex liability issues often involved in these types of cases. Many work on a contingent fee, which means that you won’t pay anything up front and that they don’t get paid unless they win your case.

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