A motorcycle accident can be one of the most devastating accidents a person can experience in his or her lifetime. The injuries are often quite severe or in some cases, such accidents can result in death. It is crucial for surviving motorcycle crash victims to understand their rights and legal options after an accident takes place.
We at York Gaskill understand that some accident victims become flustered and/or out of sorts after an accident, so we want to provide you with information regarding the appropriate steps to take after an accident occurs. If you would like to speak with a Peachtree Corners motorcycle accident attorney, give us a call today.
Steps You Should Take After a Motorcycle Accident
It is important for motorcycle accident victims to understand that the steps they take after an accident can have a profound effect for weeks, if not months or years to come. There is a great deal at stake, and the motorcycle attorneys at York Gaskill are here to ensure you understand your rights under the law and preserve them as we work to obtain justice for you and your family.
One of the first steps that should be taken after a motorcycle accident is to call the police. This should be done in all types of accidents, but especially in motorcycle vs. car crashes. It is important to make sure the police create an accident report that includes any witness statements or comments made by other drivers. This is particularly important because the more evidence you can provide (in the event of a court battle), the stronger your case will be.
Depending on the severity of the accident, the next step might actually be your first. You should seek medical attention right away, even if you believe you are only suffering from minor scrapes and bruises. Of course, if your injuries are severe, you (or someone nearby) will likely contact the ambulance shortly after the accident, which will result in not only the ambulance arriving, but also the police. Seeking medical attention is imperative, as you do not want to take chances with your health. Document your visits and be sure to follow doctor’s orders once you are released.
Another step that should be taken after an accident is to gather information from appropriate individuals. You should exchange insurance details with all drivers involved in the collision, and obtain the names and contact information of all witnesses. Additionally, if you are able, you should take photos of the scene and your injuries, and take notes about what occurred just before, during and after the accident. Also write down any comments made by other drivers – if someone admits fault, be sure to note what he or she says.
Finally, after your motorcycle accident, call us. The attorneys at York Gaskill are here to help you fight for justice. Not all accidents are clear-cut, and some aspects of the law may be tricky. However, you do not have to handle your case on your own – we are here to help you. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.