The moments after a motorcycle accident can feel hectic, scary, and cause your heart to race. However, knowing what you need to do in the moments after a motorcycle accident can help you gather the necessary information to prepare for any lawsuits and seek monetary compensation.
In many motorcycle collisions, the other driver was negligent, meaning the motorcycle driver can collect damages.
Motorcycle cycle accidents have a unique component compared to traffic collisions only involving a car, as motorcycle riders cannot get Medical Pay Benefits from their own insurance companies to help pay medical bills after a motorcycle crash.
What Information Should I Gather After A Motorcycle Accident?
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, call the police and seek medical help for you or anyone else involved as your first priority.
Next, take as many photos as possible with your phone. From the damage done to your motorcycle, another car or bike, or any property damage. You can also take pictures of any nearby traffic signs, traffic lights, intersections and to illustrate the weather. Left-hand turns are a common cause of motorcycle accidents, so photographing any signs governing left-hand turns can help.
When looking at traffic lights, note the cross streets to see any traffic cameras that can help show videos of the accident.
Then, write down any notes of things you remember. Something you heard, the time the accident started, or anything anyone else said after the collision. These notes will be critical in the investigation.
Finally, if you require medical treatment for any injury the accident caused, take photos of the injury’s progression and ask for a copy of your medical records. Any doctor’s records can be used as evidence.
If your accident took place in North Carolina, a “contributory negligence” rule applies, which means if you contributed to the collision, you may not be eligible for any compensation. This rule makes enlisting the help of an experienced attorney even more critical.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been In A Motorcycle Accident?
If you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle collision, contact the Knox Law Center for a free consultation as soon as you’re able.
For more than 60 years, the Knox Law Center has represented motorcycle accident victims in North and South Carolina. In addition, we have offices in Charlotte and Denver, and our attorneys have a long record of success recovering substantial financial settlements for personal injury clients.