If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be unsure about what to do next. Because your motorcycle accident likely has greater injuries than a “normal” car or truck accident, it is critical to know what to do. In this article, we will give you the answers to a few of the questions people have following motorcycle accidents. We will share some pointers about how to make the most of your claim and even help you know how to choose a personal injury lawyer.
- What are the first steps I should take following a motorcycle accident?
- I just have some cuts and scrapes. I don’t think I need stitches – should I go to the doctor anyway?
- How will I be able to pay the medical bills?
- How can I prove my claim in court?
- This wreck made it impossible for me to work at my job. Can I recover for that as well?
- How can I find a law firm that specializes in accidents like mine?
- What are the first steps I should take following a motorcycle accident?
Often, when you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you are too severely injured to take care of the details that can make a big difference. Some steps should be taken as soon as practical in order to preserve the evidence of your accident for future use. Naturally, it’s a very good idea to familiarize yourself with these safeguards before you have an accident.
Just as you wear proper gear and use extra caution while you’re on the road, we think it’s a good idea to be prepared to protect yourself and your family if and when an accident takes place. If you are unable to do these things following an accident, family members who know what to do can help. Here is a list of first steps to take following a motorcycle accident:
- Don’t leave the scene. It’s your duty to remain at the accident scene long enough to give your name and address to a police officer or the other driver. Leaving the scene before doing this could subject you to criminal penalties.
- Take names. Be sure to get the names and addresses of the other drivers, passengers, and witnesses. Much of this data will be preserved in the police report, but you may be able to get this information at the scene. Also get the phone numbers of anybody who saw the accident so that you can give them to your personal injury attorney. If you can’t do this yourself because of your injury, make sure your friends or family knows to capture this information if possible.
- Do not admit any fault. We’re generally nice people. We apologize when we bump into anybody at the grocery store or at the mall. Following an accident of any kind, it’s easy and very common for us to want to apologize for inconveniencing others. Don’t. If you were in a motorcycle accident, resist the temptation to apologize or otherwise say that you did something wrong.
- Don’t sign anything. When you’re upset and confused following an accident, it’s not a good time to sign any statements or agreements. You are probably seriously shaken and may even be in shock. Do not sign anything, such as forms from an insurance company.You should go directly to the emergency room or to your own physician to be evaluated before you make any statement about your injuries.
- Take Pictures. If you or a witness has a camera, or camera-phone, take pictures of the accident scene and the vehicles involved. Physical evidence in a roadway collision disappears as quickly as traffic resumes. It is important to capture the moment as completely as possible.
- Report the crash to your own motorcycle insurance company and the at-fault insurance company as soon as possible. Before you make a statement to an insurance company or an adjuster, it’s a good idea to speak to y our personal injury lawyer first. An insurance adjusters’ job is to minimize your claim however possible. You will be wise to allow somebody who is looking out for your best interest – your attorney- to help you through this process.
- Keep receipts and records of all expenses related to your accident. This should include motorcycle repair expenses, rental vehicle expenses, and time missed from work.
Should I to go to the doctor right away?
Lawyers are not doctors, and a blog article should not be considered medical advice, but anytime you question whether you should be seeing a doctor, in our opinion, it’s a good idea.
Not all the injuries you get in an accident show themselves right away. Soft tissue and internal injuries can sometimes be present without causing noticeable pain at first, particularly if you’re in shock. Head injuries, which are common in motorcycle crashes, are also sometimes hidden in the beginning. Getting a medical evaluation as soon as possible after the accident is a good idea.
Additionally, if there is a long delay between your motorcycle accident and your first medical care, the insurance company or lawyers for the at-fault driver may deny your injuries and your claim. It’s important that you document your injuries and damages quickly.
You should also be very careful to follow your doctor’s advice regarding tests and follow-up appointments and treatment. This will not only help you heal better, it will also help prove your injuries throughout the claims or legal process.
How will I be able to pay the medical bills?
Paying for medical care is very often a concern for our clients. You need to have the treatment for your injuries, but you may be worried that you can’t pay for expensive doctor’s visits, tests and therapy.
Several options for receiving and paying for medical care may exist that our personal injury lawyers can speak with you about. No medical insurance? Worried about paying for your care and medical bills? Call us, to discuss ways for you to get the medical treatment and care you need.
How can I prove my claim in court?
Not all insurance claims go to court. Very often, once your claim is properly worked-up (it is important that the insurance company believes that you will file suit), insurance companies and their adjusters will negotiate with your personal injury lawyer to settle the claim fairly before a lawsuit is filed.
To do this, your legal team will investigate, gather the police reports, statements from you and the other witnesses, medical records, and various other documents and reports that will show what your injuries and other damages are. If necessary, your lawyer will also employ expert witnesses including accident reconstruction specialists, engineers, and any other expert necessary to prove that you were injured because of somebody else’s negligence or recklessness.
This wreck made it impossible for me to work at my job. Can I recover for that as well?
In Georgia, accident victims are entitled by law to recover financially from the at-fault driver for their injuries and damages. Sometimes this means the driver of the other car, other times it can mean not just the driver of the vehicle, but the company that driver works for or, in some cases, the manufacturer of the vehicle part(s) that failed and caused the wreck.
In other words, if you have been unable to work, you are entitled to past lost wages. If you have suffered permanent damage that will leave you unable to work – or cause you to work less, your legal team will work to make the at-fault parties pay for your total damages, including the income you will no longer be able to collect in your lifetime because of your injuries.
How can I find a law firm that specializes in accidents like mine?
The very fact that you’re reading this page means you’re on the right track. Finding a personal injury lawyer with the experience and the resources to handle a claim like yours can seem difficult. There are lots of lawyers in the phone book and on the internet. How do you choose?
You will want to retain a lawyer whose work is focused on finding justice for personal injuries. Using a divorce lawyer to recover auto accident damages doesn’t make much sense. Look for a law firm that concentrates on bringing careless, reckless people to justice for injuring innocent others.
Make sure the lawyer you choose has a robust support staff and an excellent reputation for winning. You can ask your friends or read the reviews online. And, before hiring a lawyer you may want to meet with him/her and talk about your accident.
At the Millar Law Firm, we offer a free consultation and case evaluation for our clients. This allows us to learn the facts and evidence in your claim and gives you the chance to evaluate us.
We have over 65 years of experience in handling personal injury claims. We only handle personal injury cases.
Call the legal team at the Millar Law Firm today to schedule your free case evaluation. Allow us to advocate for you.
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Not yet ready to chat with a Georgia motorcycle attorney? Use these resources to help:
- Georgia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
- Preventing Motorcycle Accidents in Atlanta, GA
- Deadliest Intersections in Atlanta, GA for Motorcycle Crashes
- After a GA Motorcycle Crash: Who Pays the Lawyer?
- Understanding Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia
- Motorcycle Helmets Reduce Injuries in GA
- Contact The Millar Law Firm for help with your motorcycle accident injuries.