If you were involved in a motorcycle accident yesterday, then you might be confused as to what next steps that you need to take.
You might be surprised to find out that the things you do immediately after a crash will dictate the case that you’re trying to build. Whether you were the one at fault or not, you must take the time to undergo each step for your health and your livelihood.
See below for several things that you need to do if you had a motorcycle accident yesterday or have just gone through one. Be sure to follow each step to a “T”.
1. Get Medical Treatment
No matter how significant or minor the motorcycle accident was, you’re bound to have experienced some injuries along the way.
You might think that you’ve only received minor cuts and bruises, but some long-term effects might rear their ugly head down the line.
For that reason alone, it’s always important to seek treatment from a medical professional after the crash. If you haven’t already done so, then drop everything and visit a hospital right away.
While you might not realize it, putting off medical treatment for your injuries can have a detrimental effect on the case that you’re trying to build. The opposition will use it to try and claim that your injuries aren’t as significant as you claim them to be.
Seeking medical treatment will also give you evidence for your case. A doctor will provide you with documentation that lists all your injuries, methods of treatment, costs, and so on that, you can use to reach a settlement with the other side.
2. Hire an Attorney
If you went through a motorcycle accident yesterday, then you will want to hire a trusted personal injury attorney right away.
Many people make the mistake of choosing to represent themselves in a settlement or trial. That’s setting yourself up for a fight that you can’t possibly hope to win.
Odds are that your opposition will hire an attorney to protect them. If so, then you’re putting yourself up against someone who is educated, trained, and experienced in every measure of a personal injury case.
For future reference, you will want to reach out to an attorney either while you’re at the scene of the accident or immediately after you leave it. However, it’s never too late to reach out to one, even if it’s been a few days since the accident.
Hiring an attorney will give you a trusted source throughout the process. They’ll be able to explain every step of the process to you and the steps that you need to take to get the compensation that you’re looking for.
They can also help you gain more evidence through their network. They can find the police report from the accident, contact witnesses, meet with local scientists to give a testimony, and so forth.
3. Do Not Fix the Damage
While this might seem like an awkward thing to do, it’s vitally important for your case that you do not repair, replace, or throw away any damaged items from the motorcycle crash.
This could be things such as a damaged bike helmet, your motorcycle, your motorcycle jacket, and so on. Any item with damage on it can be used as evidence and will be difficult for the opposition to spin in their favor.
If your motorcycle is too damaged to make it operable and was your only means of transportation, then try organizing a different way of commuting for the time being.
If the motorcycle is still operational with the damage, consult with your attorney to see if they recommend you do so or not. You never know if riding on it could affect your case or not.
As painful as it might be, store the damaged equipment away for safekeeping. Make sure they’re in a place where the items aren’t readily accessible to you or anyone else.
4. Take Notes of the Accident
While you might be able to remember every little detail of the accident today, you will start to remember less and less as the days and weeks roll on. Your mind will try to blackout any traumatic moments from your memory.
However, those details are what’s going to help your case. You can’t afford to forget them.
For that reason, you must pull out the notes app on your phone and jot down as many details as you can about the accident. How many parties were involved? What kind of cars were they driving? What injuries did you sustain?
That way, when you meet with your lawyer to go over your side of the story, you can pull out the notes app to jog your memory. From there, you can provide more detail.
You’ll also want to gather all of the evidence you grabbed from the accident yesterday such as photos, contact information for witnesses, the other person’s insurance information, and so on. All of this can be used to build your case with your attorney leading the way.
Take All of These Steps After Your Motorcycle Accident Yesterday
Now that you’ve seen all the best steps that you need to take after your motorcycle accident yesterday, it’s important that you do so. The longer you wait, the more it will damage your case.
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