After a Motorcycle Accident
Helpful Tips from Our McAllen Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
In the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle accident, safety should be your number one concern. Seek emergency medical care if needed and render first aid to anyone injured at the scene, if possible. In addition to protecting your wellbeing, however, there are steps you can take to preserve your right to maximum financial compensation. Collecting information, witness testimony and other evidence at the scene can prove invaluable to your claim at a later date. Involving a McAllen motorcycle accident attorney is another step you may consider taking – to ensure your legal rights and interests are protected through all dealings with the insurance company, other driver, law enforcement and other relevant parties.
Every accident is different, so you will need to use your own judgment at the scene and base your actions on the circumstances at hand, but the following are basic steps to take after a motorcycle accident:
- Remain at the scene. Do not flee the scene of an accident, as this is actually against the law. You could face criminal charges for willfully leaving the scene of an accident if someone was injured or property was damaged. The exception would be if you were taken from the scene in an ambulance by emergency personnel due to your injuries.
- Try to secure the scene with flares or using vehicle hazard lights to notify oncoming traffic.
- Seek medical attention. Call an ambulance and law enforcement, if necessary. Render first aid to anyone else who is injured, if possible. Even if you feel you are not seriously injured, it is important to see your doctor for an evaluation. You could have suffered head trauma or a soft tissue injury that is not immediately apparent.
- Exchange insurance and contact information with any other drivers involved in the collision. This is required by law.
- Try to identify any witnesses at the scene, getting their contact information if possible.
- If possible, take pictures at the scene, of skid marks, your bike, the other vehicle, the overall scene, your clothes, your injuries and any other relevant details. It is also helpful to write down what you remember about the accident and your injuries, before important details are forgotten.
- Do not talk about the accident, specifically its cause, with anyone at the scene. You can answer any questions that law enforcement may have regarding the accident, but do not admit fault. Statements you make at the scene could be used against you later, to lay the blame of the accident on your shoulders. It is important to let the true cause of the accident become apparent through an investigation of physical evidence.
- Notify your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible, keeping a record of this for future reference.
- Keep any and all records, receipts and documents of expenses, communication, medical care and other important issues related to the accident and your injuries. These can help you build your case later on.
- Contact an attorney. If you were involved in a serious accident, you may find it extremely beneficial to involve a legal professional. If you were seriously injured or hospitalized or are running into any issues seeking financial compensation through your insurance claim, such as a delay or denial, an attorney can work to expedite the process while protecting your legal rights. An attorney can also seek out any and all potential sources of liability to help you recover maximum compensation.
Ready for experienced counsel? Contact a McAllen motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm.