Motorcycle accidents can be very different from typical car accidents. Since motorcycles are smaller vehicles, the lack of visibility on the road to other drivers can lead to extremely dangerous situations for motorcyclists. Injuries caused by motorcycle accidents are often more serious than injuries caused by other types of car accidents. Some possible injuries are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and road rash to name a few.
We know that a motorcycle accident is an extremely difficult situation. Therefore, we would like to share with you how you can ensure that you receive the maximum possible compensation from the culpable party. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the most important thing you can do to maximize your fall is to establish liability. There are a few important things you will need to do in order to establish liability:
1. Call the police
The most important thing after an accident is to call the police. This step is required by law in Georgia if someone involved in the car accident was injured as a result. Even if it doesn’t seem like anyone has been injured, call 911 right away. In addition to filing an accident report with the police, you should also see a doctor.
After speaking to law enforcement officers who will be on site with an ambulance, go to the nearest hospital. Never assume that you emerged unscathed from the incident, regardless of the absence of pain or discomfort. Let the health care professionals assess your condition and provide appropriate care. Not only does this prevent further injuries, but it also starts a paper trail in case of possible personal injury.
2. Take photos of the scene and any damage.
Use your phone to take photos of all the vehicles involved in the collision from every angle and provide critical evidence that an insurance company cannot deny. If you reach out to a personal injury attorney who recommends filing a lawsuit, these images provide valuable evidence to support your case.
In addition to taking photos of your car and any other vehicles involved, it is important to take photos of the scene of the accident, including any skid marks caused by vehicles slowing down quickly. Use the voice recording function of your cell phone or call yourself and leave a voicemail with the events leading up to the accident. You can use this recording to keep events in your memory updated.
3. Collect testimony.
Often, eyewitnesses to the accident stop to offer help. Take a moment to identify eyewitnesses and ask them to describe what they saw. When they’re ready, provide their name, address, phone number, and email address. Your testimonial could be invaluable to you later.
4. Don’t let the driver go until the police arrive.
Even if the other driver gives you their name, phone number, and insurance, don’t let the driver leave the scene until the police arrive. They could have given you wrong information or later change your story when the police go to speak to you. It is always best practice to keep everyone at the scene of the accident until the police arrive.
5. Keep your helmet and all other items of equipment as evidence.
Make sure you keep anything that could serve as evidence of your case. This is especially important when it comes to your helmet. The helmet provides proof that you were wearing it during the accident so that the other driver cannot hold you responsible for the injury. When it comes to proving your case, everything is proof so save as much as you can.
6. Keep a journal of your injuries and document your journey of recovery.
There is so much more to your recovery than your medical records show. Keeping a journal documenting your path to recovery provides evidence not only of your injuries, but also of the pain, suffering and loss of wages caused by the accident. Documenting this may increase the compensation you receive. So, in your report, do thorough what you’ve been through.
These six things will help prove who was to blame for the accident and build credibility in your case. The other important thing you need to do in order to maximize your fall is to identify your injuries. Motorcycle crash injuries tend to be more severe than most other auto crash injuries. When you discover your injuries, you want to make sure that you present your damage as the insurance company can understand. Unless you seek medical treatment, the insurance company will assume that you were not injured in the accident. You should always have a full medical examination immediately after the accident so that it can be used as evidence in your case.
You should also keep a record of lost wages, property damage, or pain or suffering that you have been through. These claims can also be taken into account when looking for compensation for your accident. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, give the Greathouse Trial Law a call today so we can fight for the compensation you deserve.