At the Accident Scene
Here are some important steps to follow after an accident:
- Stay calm and gather all necessary facts, names, addresses, phone numbers and license numbers.
- Look for witnesses and get their contact information.
- Be extra careful about what you say to law enforcement officials. It is far better to say too little than too much.
- Do not give any statements or sign any releases for medical records or employment records. Often the medical release allows an insurance adjuster to obtain your medical records and to talk to the doctors without you or anyone being present.
- If your injuries are serious or if you are uncertain about your injury, it is best to contact an attorney.
- Do not talk to the other person’s insurance company, ESPECIALLY if you think you might be hiring an attorney. Just don’t do it.
- Contact me, Howard Blau, personally to discuss your rights.
Contacting an Attorney
In serious accidents you cannot trust that the other guy will look out for your interests. The only one who will look out for you is you and your designated attorney.
Motorcycle accident cases are almost always taken on a contingency basis – meaning your attorney gets paid a percentage of the recovery when your case is won. This is why you want to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome by choosing an attorney who has a successful track record in winning cases just like yours.
Your attorney will also contact insurance companies and obtain coverage information. He will interview witnesses, take photographs of all visible injury, property damage (bike and personal clothing) and the accident scene. Should your case require retaining an accident reconstruction engineer or other expert, it will be especially advantageous to have an experienced motorcycle attorney helping to direct those experts.
In addition, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who also owns and appreciates bikes, is going to be fully concerned that you are compensated for the “true” value of your bike, for its replacement costs including all its custom modifications and accessories.