What should I do after a motorcycle accident?

wrecked_motorcycleMotorcycle accidents can leave riders with serious injuries that temporarily—or even permanently—affect their ability to work and care for themselves.

What motorcyclists do in the moments, days, and weeks following a crash can have a significant impact on their ability to collect compensation for their injuries and other losses.

If you're involved in a motorcycle accident, these steps can help you avoid mistakes that could harm a subsequent insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit:

  • Take photos or video of injuries, property damages and the accident scene.
  • Collect contact information from drivers and passengers in involved vehicles, as well as witnesses to the accident.
  • Don't place or accept blame for the accident. When speaking with the police, keep answers honest, factual, and concise.
  • Seek immediate medical attention, even if your injuries appear minor. Make sure the treating physician documents your injuries as having been sustained in a motorcycle crash.
  • Don't provide a recorded statement for an insurance company—yours or the other party's. No matter how friendly the adjuster may be, the company might not have your best interests in mind, and what you say in the recording could be misconstrued and used against you.
  • Don't give the other party's insurance company authorization to view your medical records.
  • Consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney with experience handling motorcycle accident cases can help you understand your legal rights and options, and advise you on how and what to say when talking to insurance companies.

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

If you were injured in a Pennsylvania motorcycle wreck, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys atAccident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation. Our knowledgeable attorneys will go over the details of your motorcycle accident case and offer advice for how to best handle your claim.

 

Pellegrino Certa
Pittsburgh Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney