I’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident. Is there anything I should do right away to protect myrights?

Yes, there are several things to do right after a motorcycle accident if you can. What you do immediately after getting injured in a motorcycle accident can determine how likely you are to obtain compensation through a legal claim later.

Proceed in a calm, business-like manner after a motorcycle accident. Look out for yourself, but be polite to others and cooperate with authorities.

Determine whether you or anyone else is injured, then summon help by calling 911 and requesting police assistance and an ambulance if necessary.

You should seek medical treatment of some kind as soon as possible, even if you do not need emergency care. Some serious injuries are not apparent right away. A doctor will diagnose any injuries you have suffered, and his or her records will document them.The documentation of your injuries contained in your medical records will be crucial to a legal claim.

If you do not need an ambulance, try to collect evidence to document your accident. This includes:

  • Names,contact information and insurance information for everyone involved in the accident, and names and contact information from witnesses.
  • Photos of the accident scene, your motorcycle, the other vehicle, debris, skid marks and anything that shows what happened.
  • Copies of the police’s accident report.
  • Records and receipts from all medical treatment, including receipts for prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Report the accident to your insurance company. Answer questions truthfully but, if they ask, decline to record a statement. Don’t say anything to indicate you were at fault or downplay your injuries. Do not sign anything.

You should also contact a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. The Becker Law Office’s motorcycle accident attorneys can provide a free legal consultation to review your accident and injuries, and explain the legal options available to you.