The first few hours after a motorcycle accident are crucial, not just for your health, but for your legal rights as well. It’s a confusing time, and you need an attorney who understands what actions help or hurt you, how juries work, and what to do about filing insurance claims. Being in an accident is a biker’s worst nightmare, but here are a few tips to help make things easier for you.
What Should You Do After A Motorcycle Accident?
First, Get Medical Attention. Your health is the most important resource you have. During these accidents, road rash is the least of your worries. Serious disfigurements and spinal cord injuries are also common. Any harm you suffer needs to be cared for and documented by hospital staff. Make sure the staff explicitly notes that the injuries were caused by a motorcycle accident. It will come in handy later.
Don’t Make Statements To The Police. Statements made right after you’ve been injured can be confused or inaccurate. Insurance companies will be searching through those reports, trying to prove that you caused the accident. Anything you say can also be used against you during settlement negotiations or at trial.
Don’t Talk To Insurance Companies. Insurance companies don’t care about you as a person. They make their offers based on formulas, not individual circumstances. They know there is already a prejudice against motorcycle riders, and they are willing to exploit that if it will come out in their favor. Don’t sign a medical release form either. The insurance company may say they need it, but then they get to glance through your entire medical file while they do.
You need someone on your side, a person with the knowledge and experience to help you make the best decisions for your situation. It’s time for you to contact a motorcycle accident attorney.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, give me a call on my cell 704-577-9360. I am a NC motorcycle accident attorney and I have helped hundreds of people in North and South Carolina successfully navigate these systems. Whether your case is settled or goes to trial, I am committed to being your advocate every step of the way. From accident through recovery, I’ve got your back.