Motorcycle accidents are different than typical car accidents. Motorcycles lack many of the essential safety features that can protect occupants in a car accident. Unfortunately, this increases the risk that someone involved in a motorcycle accident will be seriously injured, or even worse, killed. In fact, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants, and 5 times more likely to be injured. After you have you been in a motorcycle accident, your head is probably swirling with questions. What do I do now? Can I afford the medical bills that are going to accumulate? Will I have to take time off of work? What if the other driver does not have enough insurance? Can I sue the other driver? It is completely normal to ask these types of questions. The important thing is to take the correct steps immediately following your motorcycle accident in order to best set yourself up for the future.
1. Make Sure That Everyone Involved In The Accident Is Okay
First and foremost, make sure that you, the other driver, any passengers, and pedestrians are all safe. Immediately following the accident, you should not be worried about anything other than your safety and the safety of those around you. Call an ambulance if needed, make sure everyone is a safe distance from the collision, and try not to disrupt the traffic pattern surrounding the scene. Once everyone is safe, it is time to move on to the legal aspects of your case to ensure that you are in the best position to get the compensation you deserve.
2. Get The Insurance & Vehicle Information Of The Other Driver
Unlike car accidents, there is rarely a collision with a motorcycle that leaves no damage or injury. In the event you do not immediately feel pain or injury, it is still important to get all of the insurance, vehicle, and personal information from the other driver. It is not unusual for somebody to feel ok at an accident scene and then to feel the onset of an injury in the hours or days that follow.
3. Gather & Preserve All Evidence
In any accident it is important to gather and preserve all evidence. This is even more important in a motorcycle accident because of the increased chance of a serious injury, which increases the importance of being able to successfully prove your case. In addition to getting the information of the other driver, get as much information from other people at the scene as possible, including witnesses, responding officers and emergency personnel, and anybody else who comes on the scene and provides assistance after the wreck. Do not get rid of the bike. Keep it in the condition it was in at the time of the wreck in case the other driver disputes fault. The bike may contain evidence or it can be used in an accident reconstruction to show who was truly at fault. Take pictures of the accident scene and the other vehicle. While this may sound gruesome, try to use photographs to document your injuries as well.
4. Get The Necessary Medical Treatment
It is always important to get the necessary medical treatment after an accident. First of all, this is critical to your well-being. You need and want to get better, and the best way to ensure you receive a full recovery is to seek medical treatment and follow the doctor’s advice. Another reason why this is important is that it helps prove your injuries and damages. Insurance companies are notorious for using delays and gaps in medical treatment to challenge somebody’s injuries and accuse them of being a liar. Getting immediate medical treatment and all the required follow-up treatment helps prove your injuries.
5. Locate All Sources Of Insurance
A lot of people do not know all the possible sources of insurance that apply in a motorcycle accident. For example, the vehicle that hit you should have liability insurance, and the at-fault driver may have an additional insurance policy as well. The at-fault driver could have been in a company vehicle or driving in the scope of their employment, which could open up an additional source of insurance. You may also entitled to uninsured motorist coverage. You may be entitled to coverage under a number of different uninsured motorist policies. Because of the importance of locating all sources of insurance and timely notifying those insurance companies, this step should not be followed without the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney. This brings us to the next step in the process.
6. Seek The Right Legal Guidance
Oftentimes, motorcyclists find themselves frustrated with the outcome of their injury claim because they did not work with the right attorney. While motorcycle accidents fall into the broader category of motor vehicle accidents, it should be treated as its own practice area. Just because an attorney handles personal injury cases in general, or even car accidents in particular, does not mean that he or she is experienced in dealing with motorcycle accidents.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, contact The Champion Firm, P.C. today. Our attorneys our very experienced in helping riders receive the financial compensation that they deserve following their motorcycle collisions. We can help answer any questions that you have regarding the next steps in the process and the actions you need to take to be successful when it comes to financial compensation.
Call us today; we want to help you return to your normal life as quickly as possible.