Simple Yet Important Things To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Preparation is the best policy when it comes to motorcycle accidents—even simple measures, such as wearing a helmet, are vital, especially when you consider that in states without motorcycle helmet laws, over half of all motorcyclists killed don’t have a helmet, as compared to an average of 8% elsewhere. However, even with precautions, Nevada motorcycle accidents can and do still happen; when they do, there are a few simple things you should keep in mind.
Get a Full Examination from a Doctor
Seeing a doctor promptly after an accident is vital for both your personal health and the health of your claim. Adrenaline and shock dull your senses; you could be severely injured but not realize it at the time of the accident. Additionally, many injuries have delayed-onsets; a doctor can help catch these subtle wounds before they spiral out of control.
Seeking medical attention quickly also has a direct impact on your ability to recover for medical bills and injury-related damages:
- Failing to seek medical attention could be seen as negligence, especially if your injuries get worse as a result. That, in turn, will bar you from receiving compensation.
- Seeing a doctor creates medical records that prove you were injured. Without these records, adjusters might claim that you exaggerated or fabricated your wounds and suffering.
Document Everything You Can
Though simple, this is one of the most important parts of the case process. The more evidence you have, the better you and your attorney can argue your case for compensation, so be sure to document as much as you can:
- Take notes (and pictures) of your surroundings, the vehicles, any injuries you sustained, your protective equipment/ clothing at the time (to prove that you tried to avoid motorcycle injuries), and anything else which could be relevant.
- Make sure you request a copy of the incident police report shortly after the accident (after allowing several days to a week for proper processing).
- Exchange names, addresses, and general accounts with all other drivers, as well as eyewitnesses at the scene.
- If you have lasting injuries or pain, keep personal records—a simple, time-stamped journal will suffice. You can also take note of mental suffering or difficulties, such as if you have to miss work, social events, or have anxieties and depression.
Don’t Jeopardize Your Claim
Savvy insurance adjusters are looking for the tiniest details they can use against you to minimize or deny your claim. Don’t give them what they want with simple mistakes:
- Avoid apologizing for the accident, even on social media or among friends, and even if you feel guilty. Insurance adjusters can interpret apologies as an admission of partial fault, and even your “private” life could be used as evidence.
- Make sure you open an insurance claim promptly; however, don’t speak too much to your adjuster, and avoid giving them any formal statements unless absolutely necessary. Our Nevada motorcycle accident attorneys can advise you on correspondence with adjusters.
Talk to an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The most vital part of a motorcycle accident case is getting the help of an attorney. At times, this might be as simple as talking to a lawyer for a few minutes to clear up a question—at other times, you might need strong legal representation. Scheduling a free consultation with Aaron Law Group at (702) 550-1111 is an excellent way to figure out what the best route is for you, so don’t hesitate. Lawyers have a unique set of skills and resources that can be used to maximize your settlement, all while taking the burden of the claims process off of your shoulders.