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Harding Law Firm - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What to do if You or a Loved One Has Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident

—Seek Advice from a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in New York State

Motorcycle accidents are far more severe than car accidents. Because riders are exposed to objects, pavement and other debris, they often encounter more serious injuries than they might have if they were driving a car. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you are most likely going to have many questions. It is important to speak to a motorcycle accident attorney right away, but also ensure that you take the proper steps beforehand to preserve your claim.

10 Essential Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
After any type of accident, there will be a lot of stress and chaos. Try to remain calm as much as possible and if you can, follow these steps:

  • Call the police immediately and report the accident or have a witness call the police for you.
  • If able, take photographs of the accident scene, damage to your bike, witnesses and the other parties involved in the accident.
  • Write down the name and contact information of any witnesses as well as other drivers or riders involved.
  • Seek medical treatment right away. Do not wait to see a doctor; let a trained physician determine the extent of your injuries.
  • Discuss the accident in detail with the physician and let them know of any pain or discomfort you are experiencing from the accident. Be sure to disclose pre-existing injuries or medical conditions to the physician.
  • Call your insurance company and report the accident. You do not need to negotiate numbers at this point, but you have to comply with your insurance plan’s rules regarding when to report.
  • Take photographs of your injuries and get copies of your medical records.
  • Write down your own statement of what happened while you are waiting to meet with a personal injury lawyer. It is easy to forget small details, so the sooner you write it all down, the more accurate it will be later.
  • Do not talk to an insurance claims adjuster from your own insurance or the other party’s. Adjusters will try to call and act friendly while trying to figure out just how badly injured you are so that they can offer the smallest settlement possible.
  • Contact a motorcycle accident attorney in your area right away.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney that specializes in these types of accidents. The injuries and damages associated with a motorcycle accident as well as the laws in New York State are not the same as motor vehicles. Therefore, you need an attorney that can examine your case with these things in mind.

Speak with a personal injury lawyer today by contacting Charles Harding. After a motorcycle accident, you have rights and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call 518-384-3400 and book a free consultation today.