Motorcycles are an exciting hobby and a fun mode of transportation, but motorcycles can be dangerous. Drivers of cars or other motor vehicles often don’t look for, or see, oncoming motorcycles, which can have tragic consequences.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, there are several important things to keep in mind. The following list is a guide for some important steps to take if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident:
- Most importantly, you should seek medical attention immediately. Common injuries that should be checked by a doctor include severe abrasions, deep cuts, broken bones and serious head injuries. Even if you do not appear to be injured, it is imperative that you still seek medical attention. Medical professionals will be able to check for injuries that may not be apparent to the average person, such as internal injuries or a concussion. Left untreated, all of these types of injuries have the potential to become more serious and possibly life threatening.
- Try to obtain as much information as possible about the accident. Try to obtain information about all the motorists involved, including their license plate numbers, and the make and model of their vehicles. It is also a good idea to obtain their names and addresses and the name of their insurance companies.
- Every motorcycle accident is unique and it is important for you to document exactly how the accident occurred. Try to make notes of the direction and approximate speed of the vehicles involved in the accident. Also note the weather, time of day, and the lighting conditions. Additionally, it would be a good idea to record the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
- Take photographs, if you can, to record and memorialize some of the important information. Take photos of the motor vehicles involved, all injuries sustained, and the location of the accident, including any marks on the road and any relevant road signs.
- If you wish to pursue legal action, take steps to do so sooner rather than later. Massachusetts, like many other states, has a statute of limitations that places a time limit on the period of time you have to file a lawsuit or settle your case. If you pass that time limit, you will by banned from bringing your case.
- To best protect your rights, you should contact a lawyer for a free consultation right away. Insurance companies can deny the liability of their insured or may try to settle your case for only pennies on the dollar. Insurance companies aren’t looking out for your best interests, but instead are looking out for their own financial interests. An experienced injury lawyer will have your best interests in mind when they negotiate with insurance companies.
Each motorcycle accident presents its own set of facts and requires a seasoned attorney to evaluate those facts to build a strong case. A strong case will help you to get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you’ve sustained in a motorcycle accident.
While these tips are a good initial guide for some key first steps to take when you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, the best way to receive full and complete answers is to call the Boston personal injury lawyers and motorcycle accident experts at our Boston law firm. Call us at 617-787-3700, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free and confidential consultation.