5 Things To Do Immediately After a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are often traumatic events that occur without warning and that can leave victims shaken and confused. Unfortunately, the things that people do in the days and weeks immediately following an accident can often have a significant impact on their ability to recover compensation for the losses they incur. The information below is intended to help motorcycle accident victims navigate the confusing time that usually follows a serious motorcycle accident. For specific information or advice regarding your specific accident, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.
Call Emergency Services
The first thing that anyone involved in a motorcycle accident is call 911. This should be done even if it does seem like anyone has been seriously injured. Doing so will summon both law enforcement and emergency medical scene to the accident, ensuring that a police report detailing the incident is generated and any injuries that need immediate attention are attended to.
If you are able, it is important to document as much information as possible regarding the way in which the accident occurred and the individuals involved. Some of the kinds of facts of which to make note include the following:
- The names of the drivers involved
- Insurance information
- License plate numbers
- The weather conditions at the time of the accident
- Contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident
- Any Department of Transportation1 (DOT) numbers or business names or logos on commercial vehicles
- Any road conditions that you believe may have contributed to the accident
It is important for victims to document their observations, as they may become important in the event that your case becomes contested and memories can easily fade. If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident or any road hazards that your notice.
Undergo a Thorough Medical Evaluation
This is a step that many people fail to take, especially when they do not consider their injuries to be particularly serious. This is a mistake for two very important reasons. First of all, it is important to have any injuries you have sustained properly identified and treated. Some types of injuries, such as whiplash, may not be readily apparent or symptomatic for several days after the initial injury occurred. By seeing a medical professional, you will ensure that your injuries are identified and that you start an appropriate course of treatment. Secondly, undergoing a throughout medical evaluation will result in the creation of an official medical record that describes the extent or your injuries. This record can be extremely important regarding establishing that your injuries were caused by the accident which you were involved and the extent of your losses
Do not Give Statements to Insurance Companies – Even your Own
People who are involved in motorcycle accidents should keep in mind that insurance companies are in the business of making money and train their employees to minimize the amount they pay out even on valid claims. For this reason, it is important to not speak with an insurance company representative without retaining legal counsel. Once you have a lawyer, the insurance company will deal directly with him or her, ensuring that you get the compensation to which you are entitled.
Call a Lawyer
Finally, it is critical for people hurt in motorcycle accidents to retain a lawyer familiar with Florida law2 and representing people hurt in motorcycle accidents. Accident victims who retain legal counsel consistently recover more compensation that those who choose to represent themselves.
Contact the Dolman Law Group today to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment with an experienced Clearwater motorcycle accident lawyer
Individuals that have been hurt in a motorcycle accident that they suspect was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness should contact a lawyer immediately. In many cases, victims are able to recover significant compensation for the losses they sustain, including their medical expenses, any income they lose from being unable to work, damage to their property, and their physical and emotional pain and suffering. The experienced Clearwater motorcycle accident attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are skilled litigators who work tirelessly to help motorcycle accident victims get their lives back on track. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.
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