Being in a motorcycle accident is just about the scariest thing that can happen to any rider. If you’ve been in an accident, you’re probably shaken up and unsure of what to do next. We put together this list of things you should do following an accident to make sure you are on solid legal ground for the future. Remember, injuries and damages might not always be apparent immediately following a crash, so you should follow these steps regardless of whether or not you think there may be a future claim involved.
Collect All the Information You Can
Once you’ve verified that everyone involved is off the road and not in need of urgent medical care, you should gather all the information you can about the people and vehicles involved. This means driver’s licenses, license plate numbers, insurance information, and contact information. If you have a camera phone, take pictures of everything, from the scene of the crash to vehicle damage and any injuries you may have suffered.
In order to file an insurance claim, you will need a police report on the accident. Moreover, a police report will be important evidence for any future case you may need to make for a personal injury. Once the police arrive, be sure to document the responding officers’ names and badge numbers, as well as the case number.
Get Information from Any Witnesses
If there were any eye witnesses of the accident who remained on the scene, you should document their accounts of the accident as well as their contact information. Like a police report, eye witness accounts provide excellent evidence to bolster any future claim that you may file.
Don’t Admit Fault
This one is huge. It’s natural to want to apologize for something even if it wasn’t strictly your fault, especially if you’ve been shaken up by something as scary and surprising as a motorcycle accident. Don’t do it! Admitting fault, even informally or conversationally, can severely impact your ability to pursue damages against negligent parties, and may even cause you to incur liability yourself.
Call Your Insurance Company
Once you’ve gathered all the information and documentation you can, call your insurance company and provide it to them. As you speak with your insurance company, keep in mind that you should not admit fault to them either. Doing so could impact your ability to get compensation from your insurance, raise your insurance rates, or reduce your ability to pursue a claim against negligent behavior.
Legal Assistance for Motorcycle Accident Personal Injuries
If you’ve been been injured in as a result of a motorcycle accident caused by another person’s negligent behavior, you may be eligible for substantial compensation to cover your medical bills and any lost wages. Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporationspecializes in auto accident injuries and has the experienced insight to get you the settlement you deserve. Call our office today at (951) 489-3320 to schedule a free initial consultation.