With the increase in the number of automobiles these days, accidents have become quite common. Be it a car accident or a motorcycle accident, it can leave the victim with severe injuries. In a motorcycle accident, the injuries are more severe because less protection is offered to motorcyclists. Traumatic brain injury, road rash, spinal cord injury, and internal bleeding are some of the most common injuries experienced during motorcycle accidents. This can further result in medical debt and lost wages. But is there any way to make this situation less stressful? Well, hiring an attorney will not lessen your physical pain but he will help you seek compensation for your loss.
Let’s take a look at the steps that should take following a motorcycle accident:
Ensure Your Safety
One of the foremost steps is to make sure that the people involved in the accident are safe. If you find anyone severely injured, call 911 immediately. In case you are unconscious or need immediate medical attention, the second party will call 911 on your behalf. This way ambulance would take you to the hospital. In case you have another motorcyclist with you, you should ask him to stay where the incident happened, to collect evidence if that’s possible.
Contact the Police
Some people will ask you to avoid contacting the police, but that’s not a good idea. You should always contact the police and file a police report, as this will create solid evidence for your case.
The police officer will contact all the involved parties to investigate the case, and to find evidence and witnesses. All this can be really helpful in filing a lawsuit related to the case.
Exchange of Information
Once you file a police report, it will take some time to start the investigation process. You need to fill this gap and utilize this time to exchange information with the parties involved in the accident. In this way, you’ll get the information related to the insurance and the contact information of the parties involved in the accident.
Taking Pictures can be Beneficial
A picture can exactly depict what all happened at the scene of the incident. It can act as concrete evidence for your case. For example, the vehicle involved in the accident may have some marks behind it that depict that the vehicle stopped abruptly. Taking pictures at the scene of the incident can be very helpful in collecting evidence against the culprit.
Contact the Witnesses
Once you have talked to the people involved in the accident, it’s time to speak to the people who may have witnessed the accident. Collect their contact information and names, and motivate them to speak to the investigating officer in charge of the case. If they aren’t ready to speak in front of the investigating officer, ask your attorney to contact them to get their statement.
Seek Medical Care
Even if you aren’t severely injured, you should seek medical care. In case you fail to do so, then your insurance companies will indulge in an argument with you that your injuries are not severe, resulting in the rejection of your claim. Also, some injuries like whiplash, internal bleeding, concussion, etc. worsen with time. That is why it is important to seek medical care immediately.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, then a personal injury attorney can help you. At Johnson & Autrey Law Firm, you’ll get experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who will handle your case in the best possible way.