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What to do After a Motorcycle Accident
On my way into work this morning, I noticed a lot more motorcycles on the road than usual. Which makes sense because the weather has been really nice lately. I have also seen a few accidents along the road that have included motorcycles. As most people can probably tell from reading my blog posts, I get a lot of inspiration on my morning and evening commutes. Today I am going to go over some tips on what to do after a motorcycle accident. If you are suffering from injuries due to a motorcycle accident, contact an accident lawyer in our office today. Consultations with an accident attorney at Silverthorne Attorneys are free.
Accident Lawyer | Handling an Accident After the Fact
Even the most cautious motorcyclists can find themselves in an accident. These accidents are not only costly and frustrating, but they can lead to serious injuries or disabilities. What you do after the accident will determine whether or not you have a case that is viable or not.
Get Yourself to Safety
The first thing after any accident is to make sure that you are safe. Whether that means you remove yourself by getting off the roadway or getting out of the flow of traffic. Make sure to remove yourself from anything that may cause additional harm to you or others. These things may include:
- Vehicles leaking gasoline;
- A vehicle or structure that is on fire;
- Damaged structures that may collapse;
- Roadside cliffs or drop-offs;
- Oncoming traffic, etc.
Check for Injuries
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or anyone else is seriously injured. Unfortunately very few motorcyclists walk away from an accident without some sort of injury. Further, not all serious injuries are not readily identifiable. And I can tell you that an accident lawyer at Silverthorne Attorneys will tell you that the most important thing to do after and accident is to seek immediate medical attention.
Although chest and abdomen injuries are less common than injuries to the lower and upper extremities, they usually tend to be more serious. This is because the potential for organ damage and/or internal bleeding is very serious.
Lower extremity injuries are the most common in motorcycle accidents. These often involve bone fractures and are usually not fatal once dealt with properly.
Stay Calm & Call the Police
Accidents can be very stressful. However, it is very important to remain calm and that you do not do or anything that could make the situation worse in any way. Our accident attorney also advises that you do not accept liability or indicate culpability. Try not to do the following:
- Argue with the other parties involved in the accident;
- Assign or accept blame for the incident;
- Because physically hostile towards others;
- Intentionally cause additional property damage.
It is also advised that you contact the local law enforcement. This is only necessary if 9-1-1 was not already contacted. Contacting the police will help not only direct traffic away from the accident, but the responding officer will record details of the accident and determine whether immediate legal action is necessary.
Do Not Leave the Scene
Every accident lawyer will tell you that you should always stay at the scene of the accident. We always advise this because if you leave the scene of an accident without making sure everyone is okay or before the police arrive, you may then be named the at-fault party. At a minimum, you should obtain the following details after your accident:
- Pictures and/or written descriptions of property damage;
- Insurance and/or contact information of all parties involved in the accident;
- Make, model, and year of the other vehicles involved in the accident;
At this time, take pictures of the scene of the accident. Most people these days have smart phones with cameras. If you are able, take pictures of the scene of the accident. It is important to not only gather information of injuries, but also get pictures of the scene that can determine road conditions at the time of the accident as well as any other contextual evidence.
Get Witness Information
It is likely that the responding officer will get information from witnesses. However, it is also a good idea to obtain information from any witnesses who are willing to give it. This can include a name or even a written statement of what they saw. If you end up hiring an accident lawyer at Silverthorne Attorneys, a witness’ account of the accident will be extremely useful.
- Don’t pressure witnesses to say to do anything they don’t want to. Some people may be more willing to make a statement to police.
- Try to take down the names and numbers of any witnesses who are okay with being contacted;
- You want to make sure that they are okay with your attorney getting in touch with them at a later date
Hire an Accident Lawyer
After the dust settles a bit and you see a medical professional for treatment, make sure you contact us. Hiring an attorney after your accident will ensure that you will get the best settlement possible.
You do not want to deal with insurance adjusters on your own. They will do everything in their power to belittle you and lowball your claim. They will do this more so because it was a motorcycle accident. Insurance companies have a tendency to be a bit discriminatory against motorcycle accidents. Hiring an attorney at Silverthorne Attorneys will ensure that you get the representation and compensation you need in order to make a full recovery.
If you are suffering from serious injuries due to the negligence of another, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Consultations are free!
With the weather still beautiful here in Southern California, there are still motorcyclists out on the roads. Which means that we all need to be careful and mindful of them. Even the most careful motorists and motorcyclists can be involved in an accident. Unfortunately, these accidents can and do happen. Today, our auto accident attorney is going to go over what you should do after a motorcycle accident. If you need an accident lawyer due to your injuries, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your case.
Accident Lawyer | At the Scene
The first thing you want to do after your accident is to make sure that everyone involved gets to safety. Remove yourself and others from harm’s way by getting out of the roadway and away from traffic. Make sure there is enough distance between you and any oncoming traffic. You will also want to make sure you are looking out for the following:
- any vehicles that are leaking gas
- cars that may be on fire
- roadside cliffs or drop-offs
The first thing you want to do always is to make sure you and everyone else is safe. Check yourself and others for injuries and call 9-1-1 immediately if someone is seriously injured. It is sad to say, but very few motorcyclists walk away from these accidents without injuries. That being said, you should still seek medical treatment even if you do not believe your injuries are serious. Injuries can sometimes manifest later.
Although injuries to the chest and abdomen are less common, they tend to be more serious. This is especially true due to the potential of organ damage and/or internal bleeding from blunt force trauma. On the other hand, lower extremity injuries are the most common. They often involve bone fractures and are rarely ever fatal.
Remain Calm & Contact the Police
After any accident it can be difficult to remain calm. It is, however, important so you do not potentially make the situation worse or indicate whether you are at fault or not. Wait for the police report to determine that. Do not do the following:
- do not argue with other parties involved in the accident
- assign blame or accept blame
- do not get into a physical altercation with other parties involved
- do not inflict additional damage to someone or their property
You will want to report the incident to local law enforcement. This is necessary even if there does not appear to be any visible injuries. Law enforcement will be needed, not only to report what happened at the scene, but perhaps also for the following:
- traffic control
- determine if legal action will need to be taken
Stay at the Scene
It is important to remain at the scene of the accident. You will need to exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident. At the minimum, you should always try your best to obtain the following information:
- property damage information
- insurance and contact information for all parties involved
- the make, model, year, license plate number of any and all other vehicles
- take pictures of the scene
- you will also want to take pictures of damage done to your car or motorcycle as well as any injuries you sustain
- get information about your surroundings
- street signs, buildings, etc.
At this time, you will also want to make sure you obtain information from any witnesses who are willing to provide you with information. This includes anything from a name and contact information to a full description of what they saw at the scene. Make sure you do not put pressure on any of the witnesses. If all you can get at the time of the incident is the name and contact information, that is fine. Your accident lawyer will later contact them to get a description of what happened.
Seek Treatment and Contact an Auto Accident Attorney
After you leave the scene of the accident, seek treatment right away. This will not only be beneficial to your healing, but it will also be beneficial when it comes to your settlement. Injuries due to a motorcycle accident are usually a lot more serious because you are not protected by the cage of your car. So, making sure you get treatment and seek out the right medical professionals after your accident is very important to your overall wellbeing.
With that being said, an auto accident attorney at Silverthorne Attorneys can also help. When you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries you sustain. That includes medical bills, compensation for loss of work and potentially pain and suffering.
If you are in need of an accident lawyer who will take on the insurance companies, contact us today. Consultations are free!