4 Steps You Must Take After a Motorcycle Accident

If you are hit by another vehicle while riding your motorcycle, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. Before you meet with a motorcycle accident lawyer, it is in your best interests to collect as much evidence as possible. The more information you have about the accident, the better your chances of recovering compensation from the other driver. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, be sure to take the following steps.


1. Contact the Police

You should contact the police after any motorcycle accident, no matter how minor it seems:

  • The responding officer will give you a police report that you can give to your insurance company and the personal injury lawyer representing you.
  • If the accident is minor, you may be able to report it in person at your local police station.
  • If you are injured, or you are unable to move your motorcycle, call the police and have them come to the scene of the accident.

2. Document Everything

There’s no such thing as too much documentation when it comes to a motorcycle accident. The more information you gather, the more leverage you have when negotiating an insurance settlement or filing a lawsuit against the other driver.

If you are not injured in the accident, take pictures before you leave the scene. In addition to documenting the damage to your motorcycle, you should also take pictures to document the condition of the road. If the accident occurred at a busy intersection, be sure to take pictures of the traffic signals and cross streets.

3. See a Doctor

If you are lucky enough to walk away from the accident with just a few scrapes, you still need to see a doctor. Your doctor may want to take X-rays to rule out internal bleeding or other internal injuries.Take (or have taken) pictures of yourself, documenting any bruises and other injuries. Be sure to get a copy of the medical report to give to your motorcycle accident lawyer and your insurance agent.

4. Hire an Attorney

Do not talk to your insurance company unless you have legal representation. Insurance companies don’t want to pay out large settlements, so they do everything possible to find fault with accident victims. An experienced attorney can advise you on the best way to handle questions from insurance adjusters or investigators.

Being involved in a motorcycle accident is bad enough. It’s even worse if the other driver refuses to accept responsibility. If you were hit by another vehicle while riding your motorcycle, the personal injury lawyers at Wilson & Reives are here to help. Call us for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.