Motorcycle accidents are scary and chaotic. They often occur in a split second without warning, contributing to the anxiety and stress of the traumatic event.
After a motorcycle accident, you may have the opportunity to seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses. To do so, it’s important to take certain steps to protect your rights and build your future claim.
The following are some of the most critical steps to take after a motorcycle accident.
Move to Safety If Necessary
It is common to land in harm’s way immediately after your motorcycle accident. If you’re in an unsafe area, like the middle of the road, moving to safety can help avoid subsequent incidents and further injury.
Call 911 as soon as you can to request police assistance and emergency medical aid. Law enforcement officers will arrive as quickly as possible to assist at the scene of the accident.
Police officers play an essential role in motorcycle accident cases. They speak to all parties involved and witnesses and collect crucial information to put into a police report. Police reports can answer some of the most vital questions associated with accident claims and help you hold the responsible party liable.
Seek Medical Care
If your injuries are severe, paramedics can provide emergency medical care at the scene of the accident. Whether you receive treatment at the scene or not, you should follow up at an emergency room or with your primary care physician.
A healthcare provider can thoroughly examine you and determine the extent of your injuries. They can then provide a treatment plan to help you reach maximum recovery.
If possible, begin gathering evidence as soon as you can. Quality evidence for motorcycle accidents can include:
- Surveillance footage
- Traffic cam footage
- Witness contact information
Once you’ve initiated your accident claim and more evidence becomes available, your motorcycle accident lawyer can continue collecting evidence, including police reports and medical records.
Evidence can help considerably in strengthening your case.
Avoid Speaking to the Other Driver’s Insurance Company
After an accident, it is common for the other driver’s insurer to reach out to you seeking a recorded statement. You should avoid speaking to the insurance company, as they have questionable motives.
By obtaining a recorded statement, the insurance company is looking to hold your words against you. They do this to help limit their liability or avoid paying you what your claim is worth altogether.
If you are contacted by the other driver’s insurer, simply inform them you cannot speak to them without your lawyer.
Follow Through with Medical Treatment
Finishing your medical treatment is as important as getting medical care in the first place. When you do not follow through with your treatment plan, this can communicate to the opposing party and insurance company that your injuries are not as serious as you claim.
Additionally, completing your medical treatment is also in your best interests, as it helps you recover from your injuries.
Consult with a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
As soon as you’re able, discuss your situation with a motorcycle accident lawyer. An attorney can address your questions and concerns, provide sound legal advice, and determine the next steps to help get you on the path to financial recovery.
Keep in mind — there is a statute of limitations for motorcycle accident cases. If you do not initiate your case within three years of your accident, this could negatively affect your ability to pursue compensation.
Hunt Law is ready to help you with your motorcycle accident claim. Our personal injury attorneys serve clients in Northern New Mexico and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to request a consultation.