Driving a motorcycle can be somewhat dangerous for the driver because there is little protection for the driver and small accidents can lead to intense injury if care isn’t taken, in many cases we’ve seen where it has lead to death. A lot of factors can cause motorcycle accidents even if the driver follows all the rules and regulations governing motorcycle driving. Sooner or later motorcycle accidents can happen and we hope you’re not involved in it, but if things are out of control and you’re involved in a motorcycle accident you should educate yourself on all the necessary steps that should be taken first before doing anything else so that you can cover the damages that’s done to you.
Before you start driving any motorcycle you have to know the rules and regulation in your state concerning helmet, understand fully your legal rights and the type of compensation that’s provided from your insurance policy. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by other larger vehicles, research shows that about 70% of motorcycle accidents are as a result of other vehicles that are involved. Whenever motorcycle accident happens, your compensation will depend on the response you make within 24 hours after the occurrence of the accident. Immediately after the accident has occurred you need to make the right approach fast, or will end up losing all your claims. Let’s take a look at the important steps that need to be taken whenever you’re involved in a motorcycle accident;
Stay At The Accident Scene
Unless you’re seriously injured and need urgent medical help, you shouldn’t leave the accident scene, leaving the accident scene can make your case to be interpreted as hit and run.
Check For Injuries
You should check your body for all the injuries sustained from that accident, you should call for assistance if needed, check yourself and the passengers. Most of the times motorcycle accidents leads to injures, even if there is no physical damage, you should make sure that there are no joint pain.
Call Medical Assistance
Whenever an accident happens your safety is the first prior concern, even if you feel no injuries sustained you should consider going for medical check up to make sure that there are no internal injuries and there is no sign of occurrence in the feature.
Document The Injuries Sustained
You should document all your injuries, there is the need to write down and take pictures if applicable for all your injuries, let the doctor know about how you’re feeling and then obtain a medical report, the report should include all medications and treatment recommendations from your doctor.
Inform Authorities Concerned
You should report the accident to the nearest police station where the accident happens. If the accident lead to serious injury and the injury claim is more than $750, the case should be reported to DMV with 10-days. You should file the SR1 form, this can be done by you, your lawyer or insurance company, and you should do this even if it’s your fault.
Don’t Talk To Any Insurance Company
Don’t try to handle things by yourself, there is the need to hire a good motorcycle accident attorney to make the claims, they are more experienced than you and will make the right move to get all your claims. Even if the insurance company of the other party calls you, you should redirect them to your lawyer.
If you’re able to do so, you should exchange contact details for all the parties that are involved such as phone number, driving license, insurance documents, car registration and any other detail that’s needed. You can take pictures of the documents as well; also don’t forget to take the plate number.
If you believe your case requires witnesses don’t hesitate to get contact details of every possible eyewitness you can get.
Contact Your Attorney Before Accepting Settlement Offers
It is a wrong move to accept settlement offers without contacting your lawyer, of course sometimes it can be a good idea to settle the matter before filing a case, but you want to make sure that you didn’t make a wrong decision.
Don’t Do Anything To Your Motorcycle
Don’t try to fix your motorcycle; the damage done to your motorcycle will be used as evidence when making a claim. You should repair your motorcycle when the case is over.
Motorcycle accidents are unavoidable and if you’re not at fault you deserve to be compensated, if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident you can contact us at Wassey&Duffey to help you deal with the situation.