When you are involved in any type of motor vehicle accident it can be quite scary. But when you are involved in a motorcycle accident the injuries and consequences can prove even more damaging. How you react after the accident can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Here’s what you should do if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
1. Call 911
After you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you need to do is to call 9-1-1 immediately in order to request that the police come to the scene. The reason as to why this is so important is that the police will produce their own independent report concerning all of the necessary information in addition to collecting witness statements. These are both helpful in preserving evidence.
It is also important that you request an ambulance come to the scene if you think there is even the possibility of an injury. The EMTs will examine you and offer you a ride to the hospital. When this occurs be sure to accept the offer.
When you are asked what hurts it is imperative that you not forget to describe each part of the body upon which you have any discomfort. If you fail to mention an area of the body and it is nowhere in the notes, the insurance company may give you a hard time when it comes to paying for it.
2. Take Pictures
The next thing that is important after a motorcycle accident occurs is to take pictures. With smartphones, this has become much easier to do. It is very important that you preserve an image of the scene before it changes. If you are not physically able to do so, it may be a good idea to have someone you trust to take pictures on your behalf. Consider taking photos of the following:
- Accident related vehicles (from all angles)
- Police and EMT vehicles
- Accident debris
- Skid, scuff, and gouge road markings
- Painted road markings (e.g. center and side land and direction markings)
- Speed signs, signals, etc.
- People at the scene (e.g. parties involved in the accident, EMTs, witnesses, police, etc.)
- Other relevant objects
3. Do Not Admit Liability
It is in our nature to want to apologize in every situation – even those in which we have done nothing wrong. However, even if you are apologizing as a matter of niceties, your apology can – and likely will – be used against you. There is no way of knowing all of the facts of the accident in the immediate aftermath. Therefore keep your thoughts to yourself and speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney first.
4. Preserve Evidence
Memory naturally fades with time. This is why it is so important that you capture all important names and contact information of all witnesses and parties in writing. You can type them into your notes app on your phone if you do not have a pen and paper.
While you are at it, it is also a good idea to write down any important details regarding the accident so that you do not forget them or allow them to change in your head later on. Additionally, do not do anything with your motorcycle (e.g. sell, repair, or destroy it) until you have spoken with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. The same thing goes for the clothing, shoes, and/or helmet that you were wearing at the time of the accident. Do not wash them or through them away before speaking with a qualified attorney.
5. Seek Medical Attention
It is of the utmost importance that you seek medical attention after you have been involved in a motorcycle accident. Even if you do not want to go to the Emergency Room, you should go to your local Urgent Care facility. Insurance carriers will look to your medical treatment and will use any gaps in treatment as the basis for arguing that your pain, injury, illness, or condition was not caused by the accident.
That’s why it is also important to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding any necessary medical treatment.
Always be thorough when describing your injuries to any medical professionals post-accident: describe the parts of your body involved, the pain, and the symptoms related. Also, be sure to mention the accident to your medical providers that you see after the accident – whether or not they are treating you for something related.
The Attorneys at Jones Kahan Law, LLC Can Help Those in Ohio Who Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it can greatly impact many parts of your life. The physical, emotional, and financial toll can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney.