What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Accidents can happen out of nowhere even for the most vigilant and attentive drivers. Being involved in a motorcycle accident is an incredibly scary experience which can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused about what to do in the immediate aftermath of a serious crash. If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, here are some of the most important steps to take in order to protect yourself and your rights.
Get Medical Treatment
In 2015, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic accidents. Immediately following any accident, health and safety should be your first priority. If you or others are hurt, contact 911 for emergency medical assistance. Even if you do not feel injured, it is best to see a doctor after being involved in an accident, because some medical conditions may not appear immediately. For example, concussions are one of the most common injuries in motorcycle crashes, and symptoms do not always show up right away.
Document the Accident
If you are able, take photos and/or videos of the accident scene, damage to your motorcycle, damage to any other vehicles involved, other drivers and passengers, and any visible injuries.
Call the Police
Alabama law requires that an accident resulting in injury or death be reported to law enforcement immediately. Failing to report an accident can result in penalties. The police will come to the scene of the accident to take statements and make a report.
It is important to exchange names, driver’s license numbers, contact and insurance information with the other driver(s). Be professional and courteous, but avoid any discussion about the details of the accident or who was at fault. You should also obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
Make sure to keep the accident report, medical bills, accident photos, and any other documents relevant to the accident for your records.
Notify Your Insurance Company
Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Follow any instructions they provide in regard to your claim, such as what to do with your damaged bike. However, do not agree to a settlement or sign anything before speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney about your legal options. Lawyers like those at Belt & Bruner can help take care of all the important notification requirements with the involved insurance companies to protect against the risk of waiving coverage due to the improper notification.
Contact a Birmingham Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Help
It is essential to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. A qualified attorney can explain your legal options, act quickly to preserve valuable evidence, and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit.
The Birmingham motorcycle accident lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. have more than 65 years of collective experience helping accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We have secured more than $200 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, including some recoveries of $1 million or more in motorcycle accident cases.
Our team of compassionate and skilled Birmingham personal injury attorneys will fight to obtain the maximum available compensation for your case so that you can focus on rebuilding your life.
Call us at 205-933-1500 to schedule your free consultation.