Hopefully you will have years of safety on your motorcycle, and you’ll never have to worry about what to do after a crash. However, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is vital that you take certain steps to protect yourself. Ultimately, the first 24 hours following a motorcycle accident can be critical to your potential case.
Immediately following a crash:
1. Seek medical attention. Whether you are seriously injured or simply bruised and shaken up, it is crucial that are seen by a medical professional. Following an accident, both emotions and adrenaline are running high, and most people make the common mistake of attempting to shake off their nagging pain. If you aren’t treated immediately following your crash, you may exacerbate your symptoms and cause even more serious injuries.
2. Make sure to get the name, detailed contact information, vehicle insurance information, driver’s license numbers, and vehicle description from involved drivers following a crash. If you are personally unable to obtain this information, see to it that someone else does so on your behalf. Typically, the police report will contain this type of crucial information.
3. Following a motorcycle crash, look for any witnesses who may have been in nearby vehicles, or even on foot. Make sure you get detailed contact information from them, including their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Similarly, if you cannot gather this information yourself, have someone else record it for you. The police office or emergency personnel may compile this information for your in your police report.
4. Call an injury lawyer who has several years experience in handling motorcycle crash cases. It is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible, because the sooner you get them involved with your case, the easier it will be to preserve the facts and details of the event. A good lawyer will be able to give your case immediate attention, by promptly visiting the scene of the crash, interviewing witnesses, taking photographs, and employing investigators. This will preserve the evidence and keep the details fresh in the minds of every party involved.
5. Protect yourself after your motorcycle crash by refusing to speak with anyone except for law enforcement officers until your consult with an injury attorney. So, do not speak with other lawyers, insurance companies, or even witnesses until you’ve contacted your lawyer. Similarly, when you do speak to police officers or other law enforcement officials, stick to the facts of the case. You are not lawfully required to give a statement to any insurance company, whether it is your own insurance, or the insurance of the other driver. Any call that they make to you following a crash, is likely in an attempt to look for information that will reduce the amount of money they are entitled to reimburse you for your accident. While insurance is necessary for your personal protection, insurance companies are unfortunately notorious for reducing costs, and not helping their insured during times of need.
If you have been in a motorcycle crash in the state of Missouri, you have a limited time to file suit, and seek reimbursement. Therefore, it is crucial that following your accident you call a motorcycle lawyer, who can guide you through the process. Call us today for a free consultation and case evaluation at 314.409.7060 or toll free at 855.40.CRASH. We look forward to being of assistance.