What To Do If You're Involved In A Motorcycle Accident – Ten Essential Things You Need To Do

Ten Essential Things You Need To Do If You’re Involved In A Motorcycle Accident

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1. If anyone needs medical help, and this will save you a world of pain and regret later on, call 911 immediately and wait until the gendarmes arrive.

2. Do not discuss any of the details of the accident until the police arrive.
While you wait for the police officer, get all the necessary information you can from the other
drivers involved, and if you can, get contact information for any witnesses to the accident. Phone numbers, addresses, and insurance information are crucial here, so don’t assume the police officer do that business for you or that he’ll get them accurately.

3. Never, repeat, never admit that the accident was your fault. You might feel a little jumpy at the time, but accepting
blame is surely something you’ll regret later. You just don’t know what really happened without knowing all the circumstances and taking a little time for reflection.

4. If you’re injured, or you think you might be, by all means get a physical exam within a day or two of the accident. Even if you think your injuries might be trivial, you should see a doctor post haste. You don’t always  feel pain immediately after an accident, but after several days or even weeks, pain may appear. A doctor will be able to document your injuries and help you get the treatment that you need to heal. Fail to take this advice at your peril.

5. Protect any evidence. Make sure to take photos of the scene to show any skid marks, road conditions, and traffic signs. Take photographs of your bike before making any repairs. Take photographs of any injuries you have before it’s too late to correctly document them. Photographs can be of immense value to your case. Failure to take the pictures means that evidence is lost forever.

6. Be careful when talking to insurance adjusters. Sometimes an adjuster will record your telephone conversations, but this is for their protection, not yours. You can easily make misstatements when speaking to adjusters which can significantly lower the value of your claim.

7. Get a competent attorney involved soon after the accident. While the case may not be ripe for settlement right away, early involvement of a competent lawyer can only benefit you as the case develops.

8. Be aggressive in resolving your health issues. The most important thing is that you get well. Many people will not take action on the hopes that the pain will go away on its own, or because they don’t want to be seen as a whining. You’re a tough nut to crack, but only to a point. You have to take responsibility for your health and don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. No one will care about your health the way that you should.

The bottom line here is that you should not go to the doctor merely to go to the doctor. You should make sure that you do go to the doctor as much as your health demands and to identify and problems which might arise as a result of the accident.

9. Be candid and honest with the professionals helping you. Tell the doctor everything that is causing any problem, even if it is minor. Sometimes major problems fade away, and minor problems get worse. Make sure that any problem you have is being evaluated. Tell your attorney everything that you can about the accident, your injuries, and your prior health history. Even if you feel that it may hurt your case, this is essential as it is all likely to come out in the wash at some point. It’s always better to tell the people assisting you all the pertinent facts so they can properly advise you.

10. Don’t be in a hurry to settle any case you may have. It can take months, and even longer, to know the full extent of your injuries. Once the matter is settled, any help for your possible injuries which may be discovered later is out the window. Be patient. Allow the emotions of the accident to pass, and you have a better chance to look at the situation more realistically. Being patient will also allow your health care provider to fully document and treat your injuries and ensure that you will be in the best position for a fair recovery.

Thanks to TimTaylorLaw.com for this advice…

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