Motorcycle accidents can be physically and financially devastating, often leaving victims with life-changing injuries that could take months or years to heal. While some accidents are unavoidable, most can be traced to careless drivers who don’t look for motorcyclists when changing lanes or braking. Fortunately, knowing what to do on the scene will help your attorney hold the liable parties responsible.
What Should You Do at the Scene of a Motorcycle Crash?
1. Keep your Gear on
In the aftermath of an accident, you might feel an impulse to take off your helmet and other protective gear. However, this can actually exacerbate your injuries, especially if you’ve experienced an impact to the head. Shock and adrenaline can mask the symptoms of even serious injuries, so wait until paramedics arrive to remove your safety gear.
2. Take Pictures of the Scene
If your phone wasn’t damaged in the accident and you aren’t seriously injured, take pictures of your motorcycle and its position in relation to the other vehicle. Remember to get close-ups of the damage to your bike as well as your own injuries. Juries find photographic evidence to be very convincing, so careful documentation of the scene can compel insurers to make a fair settlement offer.
3. Seek Medical Attention
Even if you don’t appear to be seriously hurt, see a doctor inmediately after the collision. Symptoms of many common motorcycle accident injuries, such as whiplash, may take hours or even days to develop. Starting treatment early can keep your injuries from getting worse, potentially reducing the impact of the accident.
The medical records they produce will also establish a firm link between your medical condition and the accident you’ve experienced. A physician's notes can prevent the insurer from claiming that your injuries were actually caused by something else.
If you were involved in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact our Firm. We use our knowledge of personal injury law to help clients get compensation for medical costs and additional expenses associated with their accidents. Call (404) 737-6251 for a consultation with one of our compassionate legal advocates.
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