Motorcyclists face many dangers when they are on the road. Some of those dangers exist because of road conditions or weather conditions. However, other drivers also pose a risk to motorcyclists. Distracted, reckless, speeding, or impaired drivers can cause a tragic motorcycle accident.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to know what to do after the crash to protect your rights. Below are seven things you need to do after a motorcycle accident, according to an experienced California motorcycle accident attorney.
- Seek a safe place and check yourself for injuries.
You need to move out of harm’s way to avoid being injured further by other vehicles on the road or a hazard caused by the crash (i.e. fire, explosion, etc.). If possible, move to a safe location and then check yourself for injuries. Remember, it is possible to suffer serious injuries without realizing it immediately after the crash. It is always best to see a physician as soon as possible after a motorcycle crash for a complete medical examination.
- Call 911 to Report the Crash
You need to report the crash immediately to the police and ask the dispatcher to send an officer to the accident scene. It is important to document the motorcycle crash for insurance purposes, even if you do not believe you sustained serious injuries. Do not discuss the accident with anyone until the officer arrives. Try to remain calm and tell the officer what happened without embellishing anything.
- Gather Information and Evidence
If possible, make a video of the accident scene and take pictures. Try to capture the location of all vehicles, the damage to the vehicles, skid marks, traffic signals, and any other objects that could be relevant if the other driver disputes liability. Also, if there are eyewitnesses at the accident scene, ask them for their names and contact information. Eyewitness testimony can be very useful if your case goes to trial.
- Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions
Your health is your top priority. You need to take care of yourself so that you can heal. However, you also want to avoid mistakes that could hurt your ability to recover compensation from the other driver. Therefore, do not delay seeing a doctor after the crash and follow the doctor’s instructions. It can also help to keep notes about your injuries and your recovery, including daily pain levels and tasks you are unable to perform because of your injuries.
- Do Not Post Information Online
Social media is not as private as you may believe. You should avoid posting anything online until your accident claim is settled. At the very least, you should not post anything about your motorcycle crash, your injuries, your recovery, or any of your activities without discussing social media use after an accident with a California motorcycle accident attorney.
- Do Not Talk to the Insurance Adjuster Before Talking to an Attorney
The insurance adjuster does not work for you, and he does not represent your best interest. Anything you say in a written or recorded statement could be used against you later in your case. Therefore, it is best to consult with an attorney before you talk to the insurance adjuster. Furthermore, you should never sign anything without an attorney reviewing the document first.
- Do Not Accept a Settlement Offer Without Consulting With An Attorney
The insurance adjuster may offer you a quick settlement because he knows you are out of work and need cash. However, accepting a settlement offer before your doctor releases you from treatment is not advised. You could receive much less money than your claim is worth. A California motorcycle accident attorney can accurately calculate the true value of your claim to ensure you are receiving the maximum compensation allowed for your motorcycle accident claim.
Contact a California Motorcycle Accident Attorney If You Have Questions
Many people do not know what to do after a motorcycle accident. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Our California motorcycle accident attorneys can provide the guidance and support you need after a motorcycle crash while working on your behalf to protect your legal rights.
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