Motorcycle accidents are, unfortunately, a common occurrence, and they can result in severe injuries and even death. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it's essential to take specific steps to protect yourself and your legal rights.
1. Assess Injuries and Call for Help:
The first step after a motorcycle accident is to assess yourself and others for injuries. If anyone is injured, call 911 for medical assistance. Even if you feel fine, it's still a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Adrenaline can mask pain, leading you to underestimate the severity of your injuries. Furthermore, some injuries, such as internal bleeding or whiplash, may not be immediately apparent. It's best to let a medical professional examine you to ensure you're not hiding any injuries.
2. Collect Evidence:
After ensuring that everyone is safe and receiving medical attention:
- Collect evidence to support your insurance claim or lawsuit.
- Take photos of the accident scene, including the damage to your motorcycle and the other vehicle, any skid marks, and any property damage.
- Gather contact information for any witnesses, including their names and phone numbers.
- Get the contact information of the other driver(s), including their insurance company, policy number, driver's license number, and license plate number.
3. File a Police Report:
If the accident involves property damage over a specific dollar amount or someone is injured, it's essential to file a police report. The police will thoroughly investigate the accident and create an official report as legal documentation and evidence to support your claim. Be sure to review the report carefully and request a copy. If you disagree with the report, you can file a supplement to the report and add your version of events.
4. Contact Your Insurance Company:
After assessing injuries, collecting evidence, and filing a police report, contact your insurance company. Your insurance company will assign an adjuster to your case who will evaluate the damage to your motorcycle and any injuries you sustained. Be sure to provide your insurance company with all your collected information, including the police report, photos, and witness statements.
5. Contact an Attorney:
If you're injured due to the negligence of another driver, the damage to your motorcycle is severe, and/or the other driver is contesting liability, you may want to contact an attorney. A personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your legal rights are protected. They can help you communicate with your insurance company and handle negotiations on your behalf. If your case goes to court, an attorney can represent you and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Agoura Hills Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
At Effres & Effres, we understand the complexities of motorcycle accident cases and are dedicated to helping our clients navigate through the aftermath of such incidents. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need during this challenging time. Contact us today at (818) 222-9720 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.