What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, you may be facing serious physical injuries, mental trauma, and financial hardships and you may be unable to work and provide for your family. During this traumatic time, creditors and insurance companies often begin putting pressure on injured accident victims to settle quickly. They do this to minimize their own liabilities because they know how traumatic and life-changing motorcycle accidents can be. They’re hoping you settle before you realize just how bad your injuries really are.
Motorcycles don’t have reinforced steel cages and airbags protecting their riders from injury. Motorcyclists are always exposed to the elements and to the dangers of the open road. A motorcyclist sustains the majority of the injuries and these injuries are often life-threatening. They may suffer permanent disfigurement, long-term disability, or mental trauma. The steps you take immediately following the accident could have a significant impact on your ability to collect compensation after your crash.
What to Do Immediately After an Accident
Knowing what to do after an accident is key to protecting your rights to seek legal action after a motorcycle crash. Making a mistake after a motorcycle accident could jeopardize your personal injury claim and reduce the amount of compensation, you’re able to obtain.
Immediately after a motorcycle accident, follow these steps:
- Stay calm
- Call 911
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Speak to police
- Don’t admit fault
- Gather eyewitness information
- Gather evidence
- Take pictures of accident scene
- Take pictures of motorcycle damage
- Call your insurance company
- Call your attorney
Interacting with Police Officers After a Motorcycle Accident
When the police arrive at the scene of your motorcycle accident, it’s important to remain calm and speak to them honestly. Be sure to give them details of what happened in the accident and in the moment leading up to the crash, but do not admit fault. Even a simple “I’m sorry” can be used to show that you admitted liability. Be sure to give the officer your name, contact information, your license number, and any information you believe would help them determine liability. Stick to the facts when speaking to the police and avoid offering opinions on what you believe happened. Let the police officers at the scene of the crash do their job collecting the evidence needed to write their report.
Once the police officer has filed the accident report, you can obtain copies of this report at the police department where the report was initially generated. Arkansas State Police reports are available at the troop headquarters in the troop assignment area. You can view a map of troop assignments by visiting the Arkansas State and Tennessee State police websites. In most cases, copies of the police report can be ordered within 30 days of the report being completed.
Overview of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accident injuries are often severe and life-threatening. In most cases, emergency medical teams will arrive at the scene of the crash to assess your injuries and take you to the nearest emergency room. It is important to be seen by a medical professional even if you believe that you are uninjured. The severity of injuries can be masked by adrenaline in the hours after an accident and serious and life-threatening medical conditions can go unnoticed without medical help.
Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Disfigurement or amputation
- Internal bleeding
Motorcycle accident victims may spend weeks in the hospital undergoing surgeries, rehabilitation, and medical care. Even once they’re released from the hospital, they may need to undergo months of rehab, therapy, or long-term care. The mental trauma from a motorcycle accident can take even longer to overcome and accident victims often need psychological assistance, counseling, and therapy to get back on their bikes after a traumatic accident.
This extensive medical care costs money – lots of it. Medical bills after a serious motorcycle accident can be astronomical. But who pays for it? The “at-fault” driver’s insurance company is responsible for paying your medical bills and damages, but it can sometimes take time to collect this money. Injured accident victims may need to turn to their own auto and health insurance to pay their bills. Once you’ve reached a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, your auto and health insurance companies will be reimbursed through subrogation. This means that the at-fault insurance company will reimburse your own insurance plans for the money they’ve paid for your recovery. This will come out of your settlement amount.
Seeking Legal Action
After a motorcycle accident, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries, for damages suffered, and pain and suffering. An experienced Arkansas motorcycle accident attorney can help you obtain the maximum compensation to which you are entitled to. This includes seeking compensation for economic damages, as well as non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of future earnings. Non-economic damages include things that are more difficult to quantify and include pain and suffering, decreased quality of life, and loss of consortium.
Why Choose Us?
For decades, the experienced and skilled legal team at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton have successfully advocated for motorcycle accident victims throughout Arkansas and Tennessee. Our lawyers have won multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements for our injured clients across the state. With four offices, 25+ attorneys, and more than 100+ legal staff, we are ready and willing to fight for you after a serious motorcycle accident. Here, you are never just a number—you are our number one priority.
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