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Saturday, 07 September 2019 07:21

What You Should Do After a Motorcycle Accident

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west coast trial lawyersThere are certain steps that you should take to protect your rights and interests after being injured in a motorcycle accident.

 

These can be pivotal in helping your motorcycle accident attorney overcome the burden of proof in your personal injury claim or lawsuit. For your benefit, here are five of the most important steps that you can take after a motorcycle accident that have been outlined by a motorcycle accident attorney from our offices.


Call 911
Any personal injury attorney will tell you to never get talked out of calling 911 immediately after an accident. Without a police investigation at the accident scene, you stand little chance in prevailing in a claim or lawsuit. Since you've been injured, tell the 911 operator that you want both police and paramedics dispatched. The investigating officer can assess and document the crash and also obtain witness information. The paramedics can assess you, document your injuries and transport you to the nearest emergency room. That will start a long line of medical and hospital records regarding your injuries, care and treatment that your motorcycle injury lawyer can obtain.

Note the Location
Document the exact location of where the impact occurred. Either you or your motorcycle personal injury attorney can go to the scene later to take photos. That might best be done at the same time of the day that the accident occurred.

Don't Admit Anything
Whatever you might say at the accident scene can be used against you in the future. You don't want the person who caused your accident using your own words against you. Make no apologies of any type.

Don't Give a Statement
Expect to be contacted by the insurer of the person who caused your crash. No matter how friendly he or she might sound, their objective is to get a written or recorded statement from you. Any personal injury attorney will also tell you not to give any type of a statement to an opposing insurer about how an accident occurred under any circumstances. The law doesn't require you to do that, so no matter what that person says, politely refuse to give a statement. You can call us instead.

Social Media
One of the first things that the opposing insurer will do after an accident is to run a social media search on you. Don't mention your accident or injuries on any social media websites. What you say on social media can also be used against you. Only talk about your crash with your motorcycle accident attorney.

The Myth
The insurance industry wants to paint motorcyclists as risk taking daredevils. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We don't let them perpetuate that myth. Nearly all experienced motorcyclists are responsible riders. They're well aware of the fact that they're vulnerable and exposed to being severely injured in an accident. That's why they ride carefully and defensively.

Drivers of motor vehicles are required to share the road with motorcyclists, but motorcycles have narrow and low profiles in traffic. After causing a crash, it's not unusual for a driver to say that he or she never saw the motorcycle until it was too late. If you were seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, or if you lost a family member in one, don't speak with that opposing insurer. It's only going to try and shift liability. Contact us for a free confidential consultation and case review. We'll be pleased to answer your questions and advise you of your full range of legal options.

Last modified on Sunday, 08 September 2019 04:30
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