The following provides a general overview of what you should do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Following these steps can help you protect yourself, as well as your potential rights to compensation.
- Assess your and others’ injuries – In the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is assess whether anyone has been severely (or possibly fatally) injured. If so, it will be important to report this to emergency responders as soon as they arrive on the scene. If you have sustained serious injuries, it’s typically a good idea to refrain from moving too much (if at all) until EMTs arrive and can assess your physical condition.
- Call 911 – If you are physically able to (i.e., if you have not sustained severe injuries in the accident), the very next thing you should do is call 911 to report the accident. This will get police, EMTs and possibly firemen to respond to the scene of the accident, treat the injured parties and clear the wreckage from the roadway.This step is also important because, when police respond to a motorcycle accident, they will write an official report for the accident, and this report can be crucial in establishing who was to blame (or who was most likely at fault) for causing the accident. Additionally, official police reports can be extremely helpful in the near future, as they will contain the names and contact information for all other motorists involved in the accident, as well as any possible witnesses to the accident.
- Exchange information with other motorists – While you wait for police and emergency responders to arrive at the scene of the accident, talk to the other motorists involved (if possible) and take down their information. The specific info you should write down (or text/email yourself if you have a cellphone but not a piece of paper/pen) should include:
- Drivers’ full legal names
- Each motorist’s driver’s license number
- Each motorist’s insurance information (including the name of the insurer and the specific policy number)
- The make and model of each motorist’s vehicle
- The license plate number of each motorist’s vehicle
- Each motorist’s phone number/contact information
- Take pictures of the damage – After obtaining other motorists’ information, the next important thing to do will be to take as many pictures as possible of the damage to your vehicle, other vehicles involved in the accident and any fixed objects (like light poles, signs, etc.) that may have been involved in the accident. If you or your passengers sustained visible injuries in the accident, it’s also a good idea to take pictures of the injuries.All of these pictures (which can be taken with cellphones and then emailed to yourself so that you have an electronic record of them) will be crucial evidence when you file your motorcycle accident claim with your insurer and/or if you choose to pursue a motorcycle accident lawsuit.
- Report the accident to your insurer – As soon as reasonably possible, you should contact your insurer to report the motorcycle accident. When you inform your insurance company about the motorcycle accident, your agent will likely want you to make an official statement about the accident.When making a statement, be sure that you only report the facts of the accident and that you do NOT accept any blame for possibly having caused the collision. This means that, while you should not try to state who was at fault for causing the accident, you should simply state where the accident took place, the date and time that the accident occurred and the other motorists who were involved in the accident. Sticking to the facts is crucial, as what you say during your official statement can be used by insurers later to try to reduce your claim.
- Contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney – Following a motorcycle accident, the smartest thing you can do to protect your rights is to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer like D. Chadwick Calvert. Attorney D. Chadwick Calvert can help you gather evidence of who was to blame for the accident, stand up to insurers and ultimately help you obtain the maximum possible settlement for your injuries and losses.
Contact Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney D. Chadwick Calvert for a Free Consult
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, Denver Motorcycle Attorney D. Chadwick Calvert is here to defend your rights to compensation in any legal setting. He encourages you to obtain more information about your rights and receive a professional case evaluation by setting up a free initial consult. You can contact our firm by calling (720) 457-9074 or by emailing us. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.
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