Motorcycle Accident Law FAQ: What is the process of filing a motorcycle accident claim?

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After you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may wonder what you should do next. As a general rule of thumb, you should follow the same, or similar, procedures as you would if you were in a car accident. If you can, it is advisable to do the following:

Immediately Stop – You should not leave the scene. Rather, stay as calm as possible and move the vehicle out of the way of traffic – as long as it is safe to do so.

Check For Any Injuries – Even if you are not noticeable injured, it doesn’t mean you have not been hurt. Asymptomatic injuries, such as internal bleeding, are not uncommon, especially in a motorcycle collision.

Call 911 and/or the Police – Depending on where the accident happened will depend on whether or not the police will come to the scene. For example, in parking lots they may not come unless you call them. It is recommended you ask police to show up so they can draft a police report. This document will be very important during the claims process. If anyone is obviously injured, an ambulance should be called.

Exchange Information – If possible, get the name, address, phone number, insurance details, license details, and so forth of the parties involved in the accident, as well as, any witnesses.

Take Pictures – Try to take as many pictures of the scene as possible. This should include the cars, motorcycle, road, weather, any hazards, your injuries, and anything else that could be used to your benefit.

Steps to Take Right After the Collision

Get Medical Attention – In general, there will be injuries after a motorcycle accident. Usually, an ambulance will be required to take the rider(s) to the hospital to be treated. If you escaped with little to no obvious injuries, you should still see a doctor as soon as possible. Be sure to be specific about how the accident happened and note all injuries, pains, aches, or problems that may have resulted. Failure to do this step could result in a loss of compensation. It should be noted that you have the right to choose your doctor and should not go to one that your insurance adjuster recommends.

Call Your Insurance Company – It is likely that your policy will have a rule that mandates you to report the accident immediately. If you don’t you might not be covered. As soon as you can, you should call your insurance company and explain what happened in the briefest manner possible. Be sure to ask them to start covering your bills, and do not admit any kind of fault. You are not obligated to talk to any other insurance company except your own. If you receive a call by the other party’s insurance company, it may be in your best interest to let them know a motorcycle accident lawyer will be in touch.

Call a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer – At the earliest convenience you should ask a motorcycle accident lawyer New York, NY relies on to review your case. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help recover maximum damages after being involved in a motorcycle accident.

Thanks to Okun, Oddo, & Babat, P.C. for their insight into personal injury claims and the process for filing a motorcycle accident claim.