6 Things You Should Do After A Motorcycle Accident
According to NHTSA, motorcyclists only make up about 5% of all drivers. Yet, research shows that fatal motorcycle accidents happened 27 times more often than passenger car occupant accidents in 2017. Therefore, it’s important to know what you should do after a motorcycle accident whether you are the rider, the passenger vehicle driver, or just an innocent bystander. While there are things you can do to protect yourself against a motorcycle accident, even the most careful drivers can find themselves in unavoidable accidents. Immediately after an accident, your adrenaline will be pumping, and you may be in a state of shock. Learning what steps to take now will help you react properly should you ever need to. Keep reading to learn 6 easy steps to take after a motorcycle accident.
What to Do After A Motorcycle Accident
Accidents of any kind tend to happen when you are least expecting it. Maybe it’s your usual commute that you drive every day, or maybe you’re just running a quick errand. The NHTSA reports that approximately 52 percent of all accidents occur within a five-mile radius of home and 69 percent of all car accidents occur within a ten-mile radius from home. To avoid being caught off guard too much, it’s best to always expect the unexpected and drive defensively at all times.
1. Get to safety
The first thing you should do is analyze your surroundings and current situation. Are you in harm’s way? Are you badly injured? If possible, remove yourself from the roadway and out of traffic. Check to see if anyone else was involved in the accident and help them get to safety as best as you can.
2. Do not remove your protective gear
After an accident, you may be in shock and the adrenaline may be preventing you from feeling any pain or injuries. Always keep this in mind and wait for paramedics to arrive before you remove your helmet and other gear to avoid exacerbating injuries.
3. Call 911
After you have gotten to safety and before you remove any protective gear, call 911 to report the accident. Depending on the severity of the accident, police and paramedics may come to the scene.
4. Seek medical attention
Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s always best to get checked out by a medical professional after any accident. Serious injuries may not be apparent right away and sometimes it will take days, weeks, or months for symptoms to appear. If you were on a motorcycle during the accident, you are extremely susceptible to broken bones and serious internal damage and bleeding.
5. Gather evidence
No matter the accident, it’s always a good idea to gather evidence immediately after. This means taking your own pictures, writing notes, and obtaining a copy of the police report. Speak with the other driver to swap insurance information and any other contact information.
6. Speak with a lawyer and your insurance company
When is the best time to speak with a personal injury lawyer? The sooner, the better. Hiring a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer can make all the difference in your insurance settlement. Most of the time, insurance companies will offer you the lowest amount possible, but an accident attorney can help negotiate with insurance companies. It’s always a good idea to consult with a lawyer before accepting any settlement. Your lawyer will usually speak with your insurance company on your behalf, but regardless of who contacts your insurance, you should always speak with them in a timely manner.
These are the 6 steps to take immediately after a motorcycle accident. In addition, it’s important to note that you should never admit fault if you were just in an accident. Even if you think you made a mistake or could have avoided the accident, words of fault could be used against you. This applies when speaking to the other driver, police officers, and insurance companies.
Statute of Limitations
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you are entitled to sue for damages when injuries or fatalities result. When motorcycles are involved, the severity of injuries dramatically increase. As with any personal injury case, there is a statute of limitations during which a claim should be filed. In Illinois, the injured party has 2 years from the date of the accident to file a claim. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. The time to file a case may be extended if you were under the age of 18 or if you were mentally incompetent at the time of the accident. The time to file may be shortened if the accident involved a government vehicle or if you are filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of someone who died in the accident. In order to receive the maximum compensation for your injuries, you should reach out to a personal injury attorney right away.
Whiteside & Goldberg, Ltd.
As you can see, there are many crucial steps to take quickly after being involved in a motorcycle accident in order to file a successful personal injury claim. To sum it up, you should:
- Seek out prompt medical attention
- Take pictures and notes
- Obtain copies of all medical records and police reports
- Hire an experienced attorney to help you file a claim within the statute of limitations
Whether you have sustained minor or life altering injuries, we encourage you to follow the steps and set yourself up for success by working with a qualified personal injury lawyer. If you are in the Chicago area, Whiteside & Goldberg Law Group offers free consultations for anyone who would like to discuss their case. No matter the severity of your accident and injuries, it is always important to contact an experienced lawyer to help you recover any losses or damages. The attorneys at Whiteside & Goldberg Law Group never charge a fee until they win a settlement for you. You can contact them today at by calling 312-334-6875 for the Whiteside & Goldberg Law Group Michigan Avenue location and 815-730-7535 for their Shorewood office.
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