10 Steps To Follow After a Motorcycle Accident
A motorcycle accident can be a terrifying and potentially devastating event. We’ve put together 10 essential steps you should take if you ever find yourself in this situation.
Remember, if you or a loved one are ever involved in an accident, you may be owed damages due to the negligence of someone else. Don’t make the mistake of trying to figure this out on your own. It could cost you an untold amount of money, time and heartache.
Contact the trusted professionals at The Gorny Law Firm. We develop innovative solutions to the problems you are facing.
What To Do if You’re Involved in a Motorcycle Accident
- Make sure you are safe. Be sure that you are away from any vehicles and off of the road so that you are not at risk of being hit by a passing vehicle. Remember, there can be many dangers at an accident scene even after the initial accident has come to its conclusion. Always tend to your safety first.
- Call 911. If there is even a possibility of injury – to you or anyone else involved – call 911 immediately. Inform the operator of what you know or are able to observe.
- Call the police. Your personal injury case will be well served by having an official police report of what happened. It is also important that you report any injuries to the police. It’s easy to minimize pain after the rush of adrenaline that follows an accident. Don’t overlook any pain that you are feeling at the scene of an accident. It’s important that you have any injuries or potential injuries documented by first responders.
- Get witness information. Try to get the names and phone number of any witnesses. Don’t wait to do this as witnesses may not stay at the accident scene for very long. The accounts of any witnesses could be very important if there ends up being any kind of liability dispute.
- Document the scene. If possible, take your own pictures of the accident scene. Get pictures of all of the vehicles involved before they are moved. Take pictures of any skid or scrape marks and also of where your motorcycle came to rest. This can be very critical evidence for your case.
- Get insurance information. If possible, ask for the insurance information of any other drivers involved in the accident. Key information would include the insurance company and policy number and the driver’s name, address and phone number. This can help to speed up the filing of your claim.
- Do not discuss fault with any other involved party. It’s best that you avoid discussing anything having to do with how the accident happened or who is at fault. You want to be careful to avoid saying anything that could compromise your claim. Let your attorneys handle this for you. At the accident scene, just work on documenting the facts of the accident, filing a police report and exchanging contact and insurance information. There is no reason to talk about whose fault it was.
- Take photos of your injuries. Take multiple photos of any and all injuries you sustain, including any bruises, scrapes or cuts. Continue to photograph your injuries each day following the accident to show any progression of injury or healing.
- Do not give a statement. The insurance company of another party involved in the accident may try to reach you as soon as possible to convince you to give a recorded statement or to sign documents. You do not want to do anything that might jeopardize your potential case.
- Call The Gorny Law Firm. Once you’ve resolved the business at the scene of the accident, you need to seek competent representation. The Gorny Law Firm can help get your claims process started. We’ll immediately begin to work towards protecting your rights.
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The attorneys at The Gorny Law Firm have years of experience handling motorcycle accidents in Kansas City, throughout Missouri and Kansas and even nationwide. Our successes include multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for persons seriously injured in car accidents.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact The Gorny Law Firm. Legal services are available on a contingent-fee basis. If there is no recovery, there is no fee or costs charged.