The following tips are some guidelines as to what you should do following a motorcycle accident in order to protect yourself and ensure that you are later able to secure the compensation you deserve if another party’s negligence has caused or contributed to the motorcycle accident.
- Immediately call 911 – If you are conscious – whether or not you believe that you have been injured, call 911. While emergency responders can help evaluate the nature and severity of your injuries, police will be on the scene to help guide traffic and get you to safety. It’s also essential to have police respond because their reports can be crucial to establishing fault in the accident and providing contact information for any accident witnesses.
- Do NOT leave the scene of the accident before police arrive – While leaving the accident scene before police arrive could result in criminal charges (i.e., hit-and-run charges), it can also later hurt your claims with insurance companies or in court when you are trying to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
- Collect information from others involved in the accident – Be sure, if you are able to, to note the names of the other individuals involved in the accident, as well as their insurance information, their driver’s license information and the make, model and driver’s license plate numbers of their cars. If you have a camera (or a cellphone that has a camera), also be sure to take pictures of your injuries and the vehicle damage while you are on the scene of the accident.
- Do NOT immediately get your motorcycle fixed – Regardless of whether your motorcycle is your primary mode of transportation, do NOT take it to get repaired immediately after an accident. Insurance agents and others will likely want to inspect the bike and detail the nature and severity of damage it sustained, and getting it fixed immediately could prevent you from collecting the full amount of compensation you deserve.
- Contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer – As soon as you are medically able and before you talk to your insurance agent or the insurance company of another driver, be sure to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. While attorneys can help defend your rights and prevent insurance companies or other from trying to take advantage of you, they can also be crucial to helping you secure the maximum possible settlement for your injuries and losses.
The St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you were involved in a motorcycle and are currently in need of a Missouri or Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer, we encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.