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Everything You Wish You Knew Before Your First Motorcycle Accident

Each year there are thousands of motorcyclists killed and even more injured throughout the United States. Motorcycle accidents are in fact, much more dangerous than a traditional auto accident. A recent study done by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) showed that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be killed in an accident than those in other forms of transportation.

Finding yourself involved in a motorcycle accident can be scary, to say the least. Following an accident, it’s normal to be shaken up and to feel uneasy about what is to come. You may feel uneasy because you’re unsure of the proper steps to take following the accident, especially if this is your first accident.

You may find yourself asking things like:

“How do I protect my rights? They were at fault! How do I go about seeking compensation? What information do I need to collect?”

Knowing the proper steps to take from beginning to end following your motorcycle accident can be the difference of returning to the “normal life” you live and not.

Here are the proper steps to take immediately following your motorcycle accident:

Seek Medical Assistance

As for any accident, the first step to take immediately should be to check for injuries and to seek medical attention ASAP. If you or others involved have been injured it is imperative for both, protecting your rights and your health, to ensure you call 911. Even if you believe your injury is “minor” it’s important to get examined by a medical professional, as some injuries take time to develop. Internal bleeding is common in motorcycle injuries, and they can be fatal if left untreated.

Call Your Local Police

Following checking for injuries and taking the proper steps, it’s important to call the local police to the scene. They will be able to help in the event of the other driver disputing what happened. Not only will they help the possible arguing come to an end, but they will also write a written accident report which will be some of the most valuable evidence you can have for your potential claim.

Photograph the Scene

Be sure to take photos of the accident scene from many angles, including all parties involved. You want to be sure you take photos of:

  • Vehicle damage

  • Skid marks

  • Broken light posts, stop signs, stop lights, etc.

  • The other driver’s license plate and vehicle damage

  • Anything in the street that may have contributed (pothole, damaged intersection, etc.)

Photographs will be used as concrete evidence and will help strengthen your potential case.

Speak With Witnesses and Other Parties Involved

Exchange information with other parties involved in the accident. This includes:

  • Name

  • Address

  • Phone #

  • Driver’s license #

  • Insurance information

  • Vehicle make, model, and color

Also, be sure to speak with any witnesses willing to give a report of what they saw. If possible, have them give a written statement or ask if they are ok with you filming them give their side of the story. Either way, having a statement from witnesses will further strengthen your case.

Report Your Accident to Your Insurer

After the earlier, much more crucial steps are taken care of, you want to be sure to inform your insurer of your accident. It’s common for insurance companies to have a 72-hour window in which you should report your accident within. They will ask you many questions about your accident, so be sure to have your notes with you.

DO NOT ADMIT ANY FAULT FOR THE ACCIDENT.

It is extremely important for you to not “throw yourself under the bus” by admitting fault, in any way, during your briefing with your insurer. This may ruin your case before it even began, as it gives your insurance company strong evidence to deny your case, or offer a much lower payout than you deserve.

Speak With An Experienced Ventura County Motorcycle Accident Attorney

While knowing the proper steps to take after your accident, there are usually still things that may need answers. This is where the help of a trusted Ventura County law firm comes into play. Our team of staunch attorneys here at Crane Flores has spent the last few decades working with our clients to pursue and receive the compensation they deserve following motorcycle accidents. Don’t let the negligence of another person negatively impact the rest of your life.

Call us today at (805) 628-4967 to learn how we can help you over a free case evaluation.

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