What to do if you are in a Motorcycle Crash
When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, here is what you should consider doing in order to protect your legal rights:
- If at all possible, stay on the scene of the accident to exchange information with the other driver. Tell the police officer your version of what happened unless you are not of the right frame of mind to do so. In that case, do not accept fault but instead try to identify as many witnesses as you can. Get all witness names, telephone numbers, current addresses and if possible, their driver’s license numbers and place of employment. Do this immediately; do not wait until the police have arrived and investigated — that could take hours. Call someone to the scene to help you if necessary. Also, since there are many facts that you may not be aware of don’t lock yourself in a position until you fully know all the facts.
- Never tell anyone, including untrustworthy insurance claims adjustors about how you feel or what your injuries might be. You are not a doctor and you should not guess at the extent of your injuries. Instead, go to a doctor and let the doctor speak to the extent of your injuries. Do not sign anything until you speak to your lawyer.
- If possible, take pictures. If you must, use your cell phones camera. Use it and get pictures of the vehicle damage, the accident scene itself and picture of witnesses, victims and defendants, to make a record. This will be your only opportunity to gather information at the scene.
- Get immediate medical treatment because even in what appear to be minor accidents there are very real chances that you were seriously injured. Consider taking an ambulance from the scene to the emergency room right as a precaution. Don’t wait because by waiting this will open the door give a dishonest insurance company claims adjuster to argue that your injuries were caused by some other event. Typically, pain will tend to get worse several days after the accident. Keep all medical bills and records in a safe place and keep all prescription bottles, casts, crutches, and other medical devices.
- Keep an up to date record out all expenses in a diary or spreadsheet. Include expenses like parking, car rental charges, missed work, vehicle repairs costs, etc.
IMMEDIATELY Hire a Lawyer.Find an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
When you have been seriously injured or harmed in a motorcycle accident, protect your family and financial recovery by meeting a motorcycle trial lawyer at McAleer Law. We have the best attorneys and have the work ethic and compassion to completely analyze and discuss your case in confidence and privacy. You will need to learn about motor vehicle laws, when not to make statements about your case and what not to say to a doctors when discussing medical treatment and recovery. Also, there may also be a statue of limitations issues on the horizon. This means you should not delay in seeking and meeting with an experienced motorcycle lawyer.
At McAleer Law, our staff of professional paralegals and seasoned personal injury lawyers litigate interstate and highway accident cases throughout Georgia. Injuries from motorcycle accidents are not the same as those in an enclosed passenger car with seat-belts and airbags. Motorcycles are typically two wheeled vehicles that more often than not eject the rider in a low or high speed crash. Protective clothing, pads and helmets do little to protect the motorcycle riders in a crash from serious internal injuries. These violent impacts often leave the rider with ruptured or herniated discs, a serious brain injury, or even result in wrongful death. We are motorcycle attorneys with full knowledge of tort laws and can help guide you through the legal hurdles that other accident attorneys either don’t have the time, or the inclination to take on.
We at McAleer Law are experienced trial attorneys will aggressively litigate your case to ensure that you recover the maximum damages allowable under the law. If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Atlanta, Decatur, Marietta, Columbus or any other location in Georgia, our motorcycle attorney hot-line is available 24 hours at 404.MCALEER or e-mail us any time. Remember, our firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis meaning that if we do not recover for you, we don’t charge you a fee.