If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, there are numerous recommended steps that you should take. Motorcycle accidents have many aspects that can differ from an auto accident. For example, as further discussed on the “Reasons For Getting A Medical Exam After A Motorcycle Accident” page, due to many factors of motorcycle accidents – including the lack of structural protection – injuries in motorcycle accidents are often severe in nature, especially if such accidents involved the rider being ejected from the motorcycle. As such, the recommendation seen in step #5 below, “Get a medical exam,” is especially notable.
From a legal perspective, should you be injured in an Illinois motorcycle accident, the steps below, as well as other council provided by an good accident attorney, should help you protect your legal rights as well as help you attain maximum compensation for your accident injuries. In motorcycle accidents that are the fault of the other party (such as a motorist), the injured motorcyclist (likely) may be able to recover monetary damages to compensate for accident injuries costs that have been incurred, as well as other harm that may have occurred. For fatal motorcycle accidents, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed.
In order to best protect your legal rights, it is highly recommended that you speak with a qualified Illinois personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following the accident. While the time just after a motorcycle accident may be both physically and emotionally traumatic – and thus the injured motorcyclist may not “feel” like talking to a lawyer – it is best to start receiving legal counsel as soon as possible after an accident in order to avoid making legal mistakes or otherwise hinder one’s ability to receive maximum injury compensation.
Here are 10 recommended steps to follow after a motorcycle accident:
- Stop after a motorcycle accident
If you have been involved in an accident, you are required by law to stop. If you don’t, you may be charged with a hit & run. Leaving the scene of an accident is a very serious charge, much more so than a ticket.
- Get information
Information you should gather immediately following an accident, if possible, includes the other driver’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, driver’s license number, insurance company name, car make, model, and license plate number. Also, if there are any witnesses to the accident, collect their names and contact information. Additionally, if it is safe to do so, take pictures of the accident scene as well as all vehicles that were involved in the accident.
- Don’t assume you are to blame
Even if you believe the accident is your fault, don’t volunteer to take the blame, agree to pay for damages, or sign any statement that assigns blame without being advised to do so by an experienced personal injury attorney.
- Report the accident
If you have been involved in an auto accident, make a report with local law enforcement, inform your insurance company, and contact an attorney.
- Get a medical exam
We recommend that you and your passengers get a medical exam following an accident. Some injuries are not immediately apparent, and a physical performed by your physician or other qualified medical professional can check for injuries that went unnoticed right after the accident.
- Talk to an attorney first
Before speaking to an insurance company lawyer about how the automobile accident happened, make sure to first consult with a personal injury attorney about your case.
- Don’t allow telephone calls to be recorded
Never participate in a recorded telephone call with an insurance company’s lawyer regarding the insurance company’s accident investigation.
- Uninsured drivers can be sued
Uninsured drivers who cause auto accidents that result in personal injuries can be sued. If an uninsured driver caused your motorcycle accident, contact a personal injury attorney for a review of your case.
- You can be sued
If you believe you have caused an accident or know you are being sued, it is essential that you contact your insurance company and obtain legal representation.
- The Elman Law Group, LLC can help
If you have suffered personal injury due to an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney who is experienced in litigating personal injury cases. The attorneys at the Elman Law Group, LLC can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. For a comprehensive free review of your case, you can contact us immediately at (773) 392-8182.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, call Tony Elman, Lead Trial Attorney at the Elman Law Group, at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and see what legal actions are recommended. This legal consultation is provided free of charge and is confidential in nature.
Elman Law Group, LLC handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.
Elman Law Group handles Illinois personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Over the last 20+ years Elman Law Group has handled over 10,000 Illinois personal injury lawsuits.