Here are some things that you can do at the scene of a motorcycle accident:
- Call local police
- Take photographs of the scene (if it is safe to do so)
- Seek medical attention
It would also be a good idea to call our law firm right away. We will be able to start an investigation into the cause of your accident before any important evidence (e.g., surveillance video) disappears. This early intervention might prove valuable in the resolution of your potential motorcycle accident insurance claim or lawsuit.
File a Police Report
By calling the local police, you will be able to file a crash report that could prove the at-fault driver caused the collision and is responsible for compensating you. When the police arrive, comply with their requests for basic information, but avoid making any statements about fault.
According to Insurance Information Institute (III) guidelines, filing a police report is crucial. It helps capture accident details you might struggle to recall on your own and helps identify accident witnesses. It also identifies:
- The at-fault driver
- Their insurance company
- The at-fault driver’s actions
- Points of impact
- Contributing causes to the collision
Your accident report could also contain police-generated notes, diagrams, and photos. The date on the accident report might also be used to ensure compliance with the statute of limitations.
If your injuries permit you to do so, use your smartphone to take additional pictures or video of the accident scene, your motorcycle from several angles, and the at-fault vehicle. (Photos depicting points of impact, positions in the roadway, and involved vehicle license plates can prove to be especially helpful.)
See a Doctor if You Were Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident
According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) statistics, motorcyclists are significantly more likely to sustain serious injuries than are vehicle occupants. Common factors that contribute to these statistics include:
- Motorcycle instability
- The motorcyclist’s lack of protection
- Improper helmet use
- Lack of visibility
Because head injuries are common after motorcycle accidents and have the ability to have a catastrophic effect on your life, do not wait to seek immediate medical care. The police might also determine that your injuries warrant emergency medical care. If so, emergency care and an ambulance will be summoned.
While your safety, health, and wellbeing are of paramount importance, a very important aspect of seeking medical treatment promptly is that it creates another record that we will use to prove your right to compensation.
A record of your injuries, treatment, and the cost of your medical care will be vital components in your case.
Hold the At-Fault Driver Responsible for Your Injuries
In a personal injury case, the costs of your motorcycle accident might be the responsibility of the at-fault driver. Drivers owe everyone they share the road with a duty to exercise reasonable care.
If they breach their responsibility to provide it, they will be compelled to compensate victims of the collisions they cause. You may be able to recover the following types of damages:
- Immediate and future medical bills
- Immediate and future income loss
- Costs to repair or replace your motorcycle
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you create a checklist of your financial expenses and losses. They can also help you assign value to your intangible damages and prove your right to monetary recovery.
Do Not Let Time to File Your Lawsuit Run Out
If you were injured or a loved one was killed due to another driver’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit might help you and your family cope with the physical, emotional, and financial aftermath.
Complying with the statute of limitations ensures you maintain the right to seek compensation through a lawsuit. You can consult with our team right away to ensure timely filing and give us the chance to secure time-sensitive evidence.
The earlier we start investigating, the more opportunity we have to build the strongest case possible against the at-fault driver on your behalf.
We Work On a Contingency-Fee-Basis
Being in a motorcycle accident can come with a host of financial pressures. As you seek compensation for your losses, you do not have to worry about the cost of partnering with our firm. We work on a contingency-fee-basis.
We will finance your case until we recover the cost of your damages. If we cannot secure financial recovery, then you do not pay our attorney’s fees.
Call for a Free Consultation Today
To learn more about what to do at the scene of a motorcycle accident, contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. by calling (516) 932-0400. We can review your case and explain what options you have in the aftermath of your motorcycle accident.