10 Steps to take if you have been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
We want you to take action immediately if you find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident. Just like any auto accident, you have the burden of proving your injuries. You must be proactive. Having all necessary documentation and an accurate depiction of what happened is necessary when filing a claim.
Here are 10 steps to take directly after a motorcycle accident:
- Call the police and report the accident.
- Take photos of your motorcycle and the other vehicle involved.
- Take statements or videos of your witnesses with their names and phone numbers.
- Seek medical treatment. Let a physician determine the extent of your injuries.
- Accurately describe the accident to the physician and report all pain or potential medical issues. Tell the physician of any underlying medical conditions that already exist.
- Call your insurance company and report the accident.
- Take photos of your injuries, with and without any casts or braces.
- Record or write a statement of what happened right after the accident.
- Take photos of the surrounding area and the scene of the accident.
- Find your insurance policy and read it. You will want to determine the limits of your coverage for the damage to your motorcycle, your medical bills, and any lost wages.
Every state operates differently, and the insurance coverage for motorcycles also differs per state. Florida’s Statute of Limitations regarding motorcycle accidents is four years. This means that your lawsuit must be filed in the correct jurisdiction within four years from the date of the accident. Remember, the road to recovery can be difficult and having the advice of an attorney is invaluable. Being proactive is the first step in ensuring your case is handled properly.
Ride knowing you’re in good hands. For more information on motorcycle accidents, motorcycle insurance, and injury cases, call for your free, no obligation telephone consultation with attorney Mike Hancock by calling 813-534-6319 or reach us by email.