Important Next Steps Following A Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are common and among the most dangerous types of vehicle accidents. This is especially true for California motorcyclists in light of the state’s lane splitting allowance.
Following a motorcycle accident, those who are lucky enough to escape with their lives find themselves overcome with fear and adrenaline in addition to whatever injuries they may have sustained in the process.
This adrenaline can prevent those involved from focusing on taking the appropriate steps to protect their rights. Some may be aware that they should protect their rights but are not aware of how to do so.
Here are some tips on how to move forward optimally after being injured in a motorcycle accident at the fault of another party.
1) Hire An Attorney to Investigate
In order to obtain compensation to recover for both financial and non-financial loss incurred as a result of the accident, you must prove your claim. One of the key factors in establishing this claim is determining who was liable in the accident. This is done by collecting evidence.
The process of evidence collection can be time consuming and burdensome, so it is best left to a professional who understands the most effective way to approach the matter.
All you need to do is exchange information with the driver and collect the contact information of any witnesses to the incident. After that, focus on recovery and let a professional help you with the rest.
2) Pursue Medical Care Immediately
The second most important aspect of proving your claim is validating any injuries you may have sustained. This is best done by means of a medical examination whereby a trained medical practitioner can identify and document any injuries.
A doctor will also set you on the path to recovery by recommending treatment options. Since recovery is the ultimate goal, it is recommended that you follow the doctor’s suggestions and prescriptions.
3) File An Insurance Claim
After a motorcycle accident, it is vital that you contact your insurance company to report the accident as soon as you are able to. During this phone call you will also have the opportunity to provide the insurance company with the other driver’s information, including their insurance policy number if you obtained it.
However, it is important to note that you should not attempt to negotiate directly with the insurance adjuster. They are often trained to minimize claims. Thus, it is recommended that you contact a personal injury attorney who is capable of negotiating with your adjuster in order to ensure a just settlement.
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