Obviously, if you have had a motorcycle accident and you are reading this advice, it may have been a few hours if not a few days since the accident. Here are a few things to consider when being in a motorcycle accident.
First, take a look around and determine if you or anyone involved with the accident are hurt. If so, make sure someone has called the police (911 in US). If there are not neck injuries, try and prevent blood loss by applying pressure. Even if some other driver caused you to be injured, it’s just good manners to help the other driver if they are hurt. They may even be so thankful that they admit their fault to you. The worst thing you can do from a legal position is admit any fault at the accident. You should make sure to consult with your Denver motorcycle injury attorney before talking with others about the accident. At this point you just want to help anyone who may be injured.
Second, make sure everyone is safe from being further injured. If you are in the middle of traffic and you are dizzy, make sure to sit down away from traffic. If your vehicle is a traffic hazard and you have accident warning devices like flares or triangles, put them out on the road to warn other drivers and get away from the car. Let the police or other emergency personnel investigate the scene with the vehicles in place and move them more safely at a later point.
Third, it is important to get the other driver’s information including their name, address, driver’s license number, make and model of their vehicles, license plate numbers, and their insurance company name and policy number. If there are witnesses, get their names and phone number too. If the other driver makes any admissions of fault, write those down as well.
Forth, if you have a camera on your cell phone or in the car and you aren’t too injured, take some photos of the vehicles and the scene. If you cannot do it right away, do it after you are released from the hospital or have someone else assist you.
Lastly, call a good Denver motorcycle injury lawyer as soon as you have had your initial treatment, so the lawyer can gather other important evidence and prevent the insurance company from taking advantage of you and obtaining such things as recorded statements that you feel fine, when many of your symptoms have yet to manifest themselves. A good motorcycle accident attorney can save you from making a great deal of mistakes and can shoulder much of the hassle of knowing what to do about car repairs, car rentals, medical treatment, witness statements and the like. If you think you will save money by not having an attorney, think again.
A good Colorado personal injury lawyer can almost always obtain much higher settlements, obtain reductions of medical bills and insurance liens and prevent you from making costly mistakes. Also, most motorcycle accident attorneys advance costs of obtaining police reports, medical records and the like and are paid and reimbursed for these costs only out of any settlement.