There are important steps you should take after a motorcycle accident. These collisions can have devastating consequences that require immediate medical care, but in some situations, it might be possible to investigate the cause of the accident at the scene.
If you are unsure what you should do at the scene of a motorcycle accident, remember that your health and safety come first. But if you have the chance to do so safely, investigating the nature of the accident could be invaluable to your attorney during any personal injury case.
See to Your Medical Needs
Your top priority after a motorcycle accident should be to address your immediate medical needs. If you are severely injured, it is vital that you dial 911 and seek emergency care right away. This immediate care could be life-saving under the right circumstances.
If you are injured but believe your condition does not require immediate medical care, it is still important to seek treatment as soon as reasonably possible. The longer you delay initial treatment, the more likely your injuries are to worsen. In addition, your medical care is a factor that affects a motorcycle claim.
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Contact Law Enforcement
After a motorcycle accident, the parties involved are obligated to contact the police in most cases. The law requires drivers to contact the police after a crash if there were any bodily injuries or if the damage to one of the vehicles was significant. This applies to most collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles.
Calling the police is important, especially before you leave the scene. Should you leave the scene before speaking with police, you could face allegations of a hit-and-run accident. Talking to the police protects you from these allegations and also ensures you have the chance to provide accurate information to law enforcement for the police report.
Exchange Information with the Other Motorist
It is necessary that you also swap insurance information with the driver that struck you. This is an important step, as the information they provide you could be invaluable in pursuing your future injury claim.
You have a duty to provide insurance details to the other party, but you are under no obligation to discuss the facts of the case. In fact, it is important that you limit your interaction with the other driver to the exchange of insurance details. Any discussion of the accident can only work against you in the future.
If you discuss the specifics of the accident, the other party could misconstrue something you said. This could lead to their insurance company denying your claim based on a statement you made that was taken out of context. The best way to avoid these complications is by not discussing any aspect of your accident with the other party.
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Take Pictures and Videos
The scene of a motorcycle accident is temporary. Before long, vehicles will be moved and witnesses will leave. Thankfully, the use of pictures and videos could capture what the scene looks like in the moments after the crash.
This evidence is valuable as it could show a jury what the conditions looked like when the crash occurred. Photo or video evidence could also be used to document your injuries or the damage to the vehicles involved in the crash.
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Take Contact Information for Witnesses
The word of an independent witness could make all the difference in a disputed motorcycle accident case. While juries expect the parties involved in an accident to point fingers at each other, independent witnesses typically carry a lot of weight. This is because they have little reason to lie about how an accident happened.
Of course, the window of time to collect witnesses’ contact information is often limited. Once they leave the collision scene, it could be difficult or even impossible to track them down again. This makes it important to secure their contact information immediately after the crash.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Your insurance policy likely requires you to contact your insurer immediately after an accident. While it is likely not necessary to do so at the scene of the collision, it might be in your best interest to reach out then. If your vehicle must be towed, your carrier might require you to use a tow company they already approved.
Speak with an Attorney as Soon as Possible
These are only some of the things you should do at the scene of a motorcycle accident. There are also important steps to take in the days and weeks following a crash. One of the most important steps involves contacting an attorney.
The personal injury team at Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. could help you pursue a fair outcome in your motorcycle accident injury case. We sympathize with injured motorcyclists as Randy Sevenish is the Lawyer Who Rides. Call for a free consultation right away.