Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a stressful, life-changing event. Your adrenaline is high, and you may not know what to do next. However, the steps you take immediately following a motorcycle accident can impact any claim you make for compensation. It is important to take the right steps.
Call 911 After the Accident
You should always contact the police after an accident, even if the driver of the other vehicle tries to convince you not to. The police will make a report which can be important evidence later. When you speak to the police, don’t admit any fault or apologize for the accident in any way. Insurance companies comb police reports for incriminating statements. Be sure to get the name of the officer and the number of the police report.
Take Pictures of the Accident
Pictures can be crucial to building a case and putting together what happened. Ensure the scene is safe enough and begin taking pictures. Take as many pictures as you can. Pictures of the scene, property damage, and any injuries can all be helpful. Document your motorcycle and all other vehicles involved in the accident.
Move Your Bike Off the Road
Move your bike off the road as soon as it is safe to do so. Leaving your motorcycle on the road is hazardous to other drivers. This can result in additional accidents and injuries.
Get the contact and insurance information of the other driver involved. You should also consider getting contact information from any potential eyewitnesses. Their statements can be very valuable. Get information regarding all vehicles involved.
Get Medical Attention
If you were in a motorcycle crash, then chances are you’ve been seriously injured. If you have not been removed from the scene by an ambulance, then it is important that you seek medical attention on your own as soon as possible. Even if you feel that you were not seriously injured, you could have injuries that don’t present themselves right away. It is always best to put safety first.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should also consider consulting with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have 30 years of experience helping Tampa Bay motorcycle accident victims. Contact us onlineor call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.