Motorcyclists face unique risks that other motorists don’t. A motorcycle doesn’t offer the same protections a car does, therefore increasing the risk of a serious injury, should a collision occur. In addition, motorcycles are harder to spot at night, which makes it more difficult for other drivers to see them.
No matter the inherent risks associated with riding a bike, a motorcycle accident could prove catastrophic and reduce the quality of your life in the blink of an eye.
Below are five things to consider and do in the event you are hit by another vehicle.
Even if you are not injured, you should call the police immediately after you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Merely exchanging information with the other driver is not enough. Having a police officer’s account of the accident and witness statements included in the police report can prove to be monumental in winning your accident case or in the event you have to defend yourself.
Gather and Preserve Evidence
You may not be Sherlock Holmes, but you have a role to play in preserving the evidence surrounding your motorcycle accident. You never know what piece of evidence will be the deciding factor, should your case go before a jury. As long as you are physically able following a motorcycle accident, you should:
- Snap as many pictures of the accident scene as possible.
- Take pictures of your initial injuries.
- Look for and get as much personal information from those who may have witnessed the crash.
- Obtain as much information as possible from the other driver. Make sure to get their name, number, address, email, driver’s license number, license plate, and insurance information.
If you are not physically able to gather this important information, ask a friend or relative to help you.
Seek Proper Medical Help Promptly
Your health should be your number-one concern. No matter how slight your injuries appear, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
In addition, this could help your injury case drastically. Keep in mind that once the other driver’s insurance company is notified about the accident, they will begin to build their case against you, even while you are recovering from your injuries. They will attempt to use any lapse or delay in medical treatment against you when it comes down to settling your case or going to trial.
Contact Your Insurance Company
You should notify your insurance company immediately if you have been involved in an accident. There is a good chance that your insurance company requires you to do so.
Seek Legal Help Promptly
As long as you are physically able to do so, seeking legal help as quickly as possible is one of the most important steps following a collision. Again, keep in mind the other insurance company will have already started to build their case against you.
The insurance adjuster, who will call you almost immediately, works for the other company; his or her goal is to discredit your case. Remember, their employer does not want to have to pay you for your injuries.
That is why you should call Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. Our experienced team has helped countless accident victims get the compensation they deserve. We have the knowledge necessary to help you build an effective case.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach motorcycle accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to get you the compensation you deserve.