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Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident

 

After a motor vehicle accident, we like to promptly photograph and document the damage to all vehicles involved in the accident, photograph the accident scene, obtain police reports, interview witnesses, and, in some cases, retain accident re-constructionists, bio-mechanical engineers, vocational rehabilitation experts, economists, and other experts to help prepare our case.

The first 24 hours after a motorcycle accident can be critical to your case.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should take the following steps:

  1. Call 911 immediately after an accident.  Request police and emergency medical assistance.   It is imperative that a medical professional evaluate and treat your injuries as soon as possible following an accident.
     
  2. Obtain and record as much information as possible from all the parties involved in the accident.  Try to obtain the name, detailed contact information, license plate numbers, vehicle descriptions, and insurance information from all the drivers involved in the accident.  If you are unable to obtain this information personally, seek the assistance of friends, family, or another driver.
     
  3. Locate any witnesses who observed the events leading up to the motorcycle accident.  Try to obtain detailed witness contact information.  This information includes their names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.  Again, if you are unable to personally obtain this information, ask someone to help you, even if it is the police or emergency medical personnel who responded to the scene.
     
  4. Take photographs.  If possible, use your cell phone to photograph all the vehicles involved in the accident before they are moved.
     
  5. Contact a Florida automobile accident attorney as soon as possible.  An attorney can help you obtain and preserve evidence which may be vital to your claim.  An experienced automobile attorney will visit the scene of the accident, interview witnesses, and take photographs to improve your case.
     
  6. Refrain from discussing the accident with anyone except for law enforcement officers before consulting an attorney.  This includes speaking to witnesses, other than to obtain contact information, insurance adjusters, and the attorneys representing other parties involved in the accident.  You are not required by law to give a statement to the insurance company.  Insurance adjusters are seeking to gather information that will help reduce the amount of money they will need to reimburse you for your accident.  An experienced attorney can help you deal with the insurance company and maximize the value of your claim allowing you to focus on your recovery.
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