If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, the first thing to do is to get medical attention. Let’s assume that you’ve already seen a doctor, everyone is safe and you’re in the aftermath. You should file an insurance claim to let your insurance company do their part. What else can you do?
Immediately After the Accident
Just like a car accident, in a motorcycle accident you need to gather information, witnesses contact info, the other driver’s contact information and insurance information and the police report. Don’t rely on the police report to provide that information. You could be waiting a few days to get the police report, but you’ll want to give that information to your insurance company as soon as possible. If you could get pictures of the accident scene and of your injuries, save those photos to a safe place, not just on your phone.
Keep Your Records
Start a file with documents from the insurance company, doctors, hospital and witnesses. You may even want to write down everything you remember about the day while it’s still fresh in your mind. Make sure to keep records about missed work and any pay stubs that show what you make.
Keep a Journal
If you’re dealing with serious injuries and pain, you may even want to keep a daily journal about your difficulties. If you can’t write, make a video log. Highlight what kind of pain you’re dealing with, your struggles to return to work, mental anguish and any changes you’ve had to make to your life. If your family is struggling because of the accident, note that too.
Don’t Speak to Others About Your Claim
While you shouldn’t give information to the other driver’s insurance company, you should also be careful about giving out information about yourself to anyone. Social media pictures could be used against you during a settlement, showing that you are having fun when you say that you are in pain. The insurance company will try to demonstrate that you aren’t as injured as you say you are.
Speak to an Attorney
If you were seriously injured, before you settle a claim with the other driver’s insurance company, speak to your own attorney for your peace of mind. You probably don’t know the ins and outs of motorcycle accident law, which means you may not fully understand what you could be entitled to in your claim. If you were in a motorcycle accident, then contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer, like the office of John K. Zaid & Associates to discuss your case. Do not worry about the potential cost because most personal injury lawyers work on contingency.