What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, we suggest you do the following:
1. Make sure no one is hurt. The safety and well-being of the people involved is always the most important concern. If you are able, and if it is necessary to render immediate aid, act calmly and appropriately.
2. If necessary, call 911 and request the police to come to the scene along with an ambulance.
3. Get the other driver’s basic information including name, address, phone number, insurance information, license plate number, and vehicle registration number.
4. If you believe that the other driver is intoxicated, tell the police officer and request that the officer administer a sobriety test.
5. Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses who saw the accident or stopped to administer aid. This information should be given to your attorney as soon as possible, so that they can forward this information to the private investigator, who will then take the witnesses’ statements.
6. Ask the police officer for the police report number, and where, and when a copy will be available.
7. Seek immediate medical treatment for any injuries, regardless of how minor or trivial they may seem at the scene. This might require a visit to a hospital emergency room or a visit to your family doctor within a day or two after the accident. Follow your physician’s orders.
8. Take photos of the vehicles involved in the collision, as well as any physical evidence, including skid marks. It is best to take photos before the vehicles have moved. A cell phone camera could accomplish this. If you are unable to take photos or gather physical evidence, call our office immediately, so that we may send an investigator to the scene to preserve crucial evidence prior to its destruction.
9. Do not speak with or provide any information to anyone other than the police before you speak to an attorney. You must know your basic rights before talking to an insurance company, even if it is your own company. Any statement or admission that you make could be used against you in court. Tell the insurance company representative to call your lawyer.
10. Contact our office promptly after your motor vehicle accident. We want to help and will discuss your rights with you free of charge. Many motor vehicle accidents involve technical issues, including traffic violations, safety requirements, and insurance coverage. We are experienced trial lawyers familiar with these issues and will discuss them with you thoroughly.