The risk of injury in a motorcycle accident is very high. Unlike passenger cars and trucks, motorcycles do not provide their rider with exterior protection. Even an accident with another motorcyclist can result in serious injuries. Because the risk of injury is so great, motorcyclists have to do all they can to stay safe on the road, including getting the proper training, wearing the proper gear, driving defensively, and having the appropriate insurance coverage. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents still occur despite all of these safety measures. That is why as an avid motorcyclist and experienced Indiana motorcycle accident lawyer, I believe it is important for every rider to know what to do after a motorcycle accident.
Following these steps after a motorcycle accident can help ensure a smooth recovery:
After a Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash
- If you are or fear you are seriously injured, seek medical attention immediately. Your health is of the utmost concern after an accident. If you need to go to the hospital, you go to the hospital and handle logistics after you’ve made some recovery.
- It may be very difficult to remember the details of your accident after a serious injury. Do not give any official statement to any insurance company until you have consulted with a knowledgeable motorcycle insurance attorney. Insurance companies are in the business of making money and thus may try to push you into making a mistake so that they don’t have to pay for damages associated with your injuries.
After a No-Injury or Minor Injury Motorcycle Accident
- Never leave the scene of the accident, even if you feel fine. Injuries don’t always manifest immediately and you don’t want to be in a position where you cannot get the compensation you need.
- If you are able, get the appropriate information from the other driver(s), including: driver’s license number, car make and model, home address, and insurance policy information.
- If you are able, write down all the accident information, including where and when the accident occurred, in which direction the involved vehicles were traveling, and the causation, if known. If you have a camera or a cell phone with a camera, you should take pictures of the scene of the crash, as well as any visible injuries or property damage you and your bike sustained.
- Remain at the scene of the accident and relate the details to any law enforcement officer who arrives at the scene. They have to take an accident report and having the right details in official documentation is helpful once insurance companies get involved.
- Receive medical attention after on-scene procedures are finished. You don’t have to feel injured for there to be something wrong.
- Never give insurance companies any official statement or relinquish your claim to compensation. Insurance companies may attempt to trap you into releasing any right to compensation or they may try to get you to make a mistake in an official statement so that they don’t have to pay.
- It is highly advisable to speak to an experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyer before any dealings with the insurance company.
Protecting Your Rights
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience, but following these guidelines can help you during the recovery process by preventing future complications and insurance disputes. As a skilled motorcycle injury lawyer in Indiana, I am well aware of the manipulative tactics insurance companies use to not pay you the money you are entitled to and as a motorcyclist with over 35 years of riding experience, I know the risks riders face and the mistakes other drivers make with respect to bikers on the road. All motorcyclists deserve a full recovery and I am dedicated to making sure that happens.