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What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Being involved in a motorcycle accident is chaotic. The initial shock of the accident happening combined with the trauma of the injuries and the confusion of what just happened makes for a very hectic situation. The steps you take after the accident happens, however, can have an impact on the outcome of your claim for compensation.
Steps To Take After A Motorcycle Accident
The following steps are recommended after a motorcycle accident occurs. However, these steps are suggestions and not requirements for filing a claim for compensation.
Do Not Accept Any Responsibility For The Accident
Saying something as simple as “I’m Sorry” can be seen as an act of admission by the insurance company. It is human nature to want to share in the responsibility for any event or to show compassion to the other party who may be visibly upset or injured. It is best to say only the important information at an accident scene.
Get Pictures And Witness Information If Possible
If your accident has only caused minor injuries and you have the ability, take pictures of everything. If there are witnesses, make sure that you get their contact information. If your injuries are too serious, or if you have no way to photograph the scene, don’t panic, your attorney can work around this issue.
Get Medical Care Immediately
Even if you believe that your injuries are minor, make sure that you get a medical evaluation right after the accident. Many times, an injury is not noticeable at the scene because your adrenaline is so high from the excitement that you do not feel the symptoms.
Additionally, many symptoms that are considered a sign of stress, headache, upset stomach, the tension in the neck, are also signs of serious medical conditions like a concussion, internal bleeding, and neck/spine injuries.
Write Down Everything You Remember
When your injuries have been stabilized, document everything that you remember about the accident. Any information you write down will be helpful for your attorney when negotiating your case.
Details like the position of the sun, the conditions of the road, and what you remember seeing right before impact are very beneficial.
Contact A Motorcycle Injury Attorney Before Giving A Statement
The insurance company will begin seeking a full statement from you a soon as possible after the accident. It will be in your best interest to only give them the basic information until you speak with an attorney.
You have the right to decline, giving a full statement until you speak to a NJ injury lawyer.
The insurance company will push for a full statement without speaking to an attorney. They will act as if they have your best interest in mind. Be aware that they are only seeking to get as much information as possible to use against you, not to help you. Always speak with an attorney prior to giving a full statement.
The best thing that you can do after a motorcycle accident is to seek legal assistance. Working with a motorcycle accident attorney will protect your rights as a victim and get a compensation package that is both fair and complete.
Document Your Progress
You will want to keep a record of everything relating to your injury after the accident. This includes documenting doctor appointments and what happens during them, time missed from work, out-of-pocket expenses for injury-related expenses, and how you physically and emotionally feel.
Keeping good records enables you to make a full claim for compensation. You should be able to recover all of your losses. Having accurate records will allow your attorney to show your losses to the insurer.
Limit Social Media Posts
Insurance companies have begun using social media as a way to track claimants. Posts on a social media site are public, regardless of settings, and anything you post on social media can be used against your case, even if it is completely innocent.
For instance, posting a throwback picture of yourself dancing at a wedding could be viewed as you “out partying and not injured” instead of commemorating your friend’s anniversary. Posts that sound threatening or mean towards the person that caused the accident can also make you sound like a hostile victim, and the insurance company will view your claim as an act of vengeance instead of a claim for losses.
Your best bet will be to limit the amount of information and pictures that you post while you have an active case.
Further reading: Motorcycle accident FAQs