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Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident

steps-motorcycle-accidents-imageThe lawyers of the Belt & Bruner, P.C., can take important steps to help you seek compensation after you are injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own. We have a strong record of securing settlements and verdicts for motorcycle and other vehicle accident victims in Birmingham and across Alabama.

To learn how we can assist you, call us today or complete our online form.

Our firm believes that you can also take important steps after a crash to protect your rights.

We offer the following suggestions:

1. Get medical help.

Your health should be your first priority after a motorcycle wreck. If you have been hurt, call for emergency medical assistance and cooperate with EMTs or other responders. If you are able, check to see whether people in the other vehicle have been hurt.

Regardless of how you feel after a motorcycle accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. With some serious medical conditions, symptoms may only show up later.

For the purposes of  pursuing a legal claim, it will also be important to start a paper trail that documents your accident, injuries and treatment, including a visit to the emergency room or your family doctor.

2. Document the accident.

If possible, take photos of the accident. Get shots that help to explain what happened. For instance, you should get photos of the damage to your bike and the other vehicle(s), skid marks, broken glass, damage to road signs, guardrails, the shoulder of the road and the other driver and passengers. It is also important to photograph any visible injuries.

It is also crucial to get the other driver’s name, driver’s license number and insurance information and the names and contact information for any witnesses to the crash.

3. Provide your information.

The other driver will want your name, driver’s license number and insurance information, too. Be prepared to provide it. Always be polite and businesslike after an accident. Don’t argue or make accusations. You may want to suggest that the police gather each driver’s information and share it, and that you would like to let them handle it.

4. Call the police.

Regardless of how severe your motorcycle accident appears to be, you should have police come out to the scene and make a report. This report will document the crash and protect you in case another party in the accident attempts to make an unfounded claim against you.

Cooperate with the police and answer their questions truthfully. Do not admit fault for an accident. (After all, fault is a matter that may need extensive investigation to determine. It’s not something you can readily know in the moments after a crash.) Be sure to ask how you can get a copy of the police report and then get one as soon as you can.

5. Call your insurance company.

Report a motorcycle accident to your insurer as soon as you can.  Follow any instructions they provide in regard to your claim, such as what to do with your damaged bike. However, don’t sign anything or agree to a settlement at this point in time. If you hear from the other driver’s insurance company, refer them to your insurance carrier.

6. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer.

Once you talk to a lawyer about your accident, that lawyer is legally obligated to look out for your best interests regarding the accident. No one else has this obligation – not even your insurance company.

An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and seek a settlement that meets your needs.

Let Our Birmingham Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Help You

An initial consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney from the Belt & Bruner, P.C., is free. We also offer contingency fee agreements: If you don’t recover money from your claim, you will pay no costs or fees.

Don’t deal with insurers on your own after a motorcycle accident in Birmingham or elsewhere in Alabama. Allow an attorney to review your case and advise you about your legal options.

Simply call or contact us online today.