Now that the weather is warming up, many motorcyclists are hitting the road and enjoying the freedom that comes with motorcycling. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can happen out of nowhere, even for the most attentive and vigilant motorcyclists. If you have been injured in an Alabama motorcycle accident, you have been through a scary experience. You may be feeling confused about what steps you should take next. Here are some of the most important steps you can take after a motorcycle accident to protect yourself.
Obtain Medical Treatment
After a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you obtain all of the medical care you need. If you or other people at the scene have been injured, call 911 and ask for emergency medical assistance. Even if you do not feel like you were injured, it is best to see a doctor after you have been involved in a motorcycle accident.
Some types of injuries may not be apparent immediately after the accident. For example, brain injuries, including concussions, may not be obvious right after the accident. You may begin experiencing more symptoms once you are already at home. Write down all of your symptoms and seek treatment quickly. Doing so will help you recover and we will help you protect your claim for compensation.
Document the Motorcycle Accident
Many motorcycle accident victims are seriously injured and cannot get off at the scene of the accident. However, if you can do so, take videos or photos of the accident scene, damage to your motorcycle and other vehicles, and any visible injuries. Write down anything you remember about what happened right before the accident.
Call the Police
Under Alabama law, you are required to call the police after any type of accident that results in one or more persons injury or death. If you do not report the accident immediately, you could be subjected to penalties. A police officer will come to the accident scene to take statements and make a report. You should also exchange information with the other driver. Avoid any discussion about the accident. Do not discuss who is at fault. You may unintentionally admit fault, hurting your chances of obtaining compensation.
Keep All Relevant Documents
It is important that you keep all of the documents related to your motorcycle accident. Keep your medical bills, the accident report, accident photos, and any other related documents. We recommend keeping a journal in which you write down all of the days you had to miss work due to your injuries, how you are feeling, and how your life has been impacted by your injuries.
Notify Your Auto Insurance Company
You need to notify your insurance company after a motorcycle accident. Most policies require a customer to notify the insurance company within 48 hours of an accident. If the insurance company provides you with instructions, you should follow them. For example, they may have a particular method they want you to use to deal with your damaged motorcycle. However, it is important to remember that you do not have to provide a statement before speaking to a motorcycle attorney.
Do Not Sign Any Settlement Offers Before Speaking to an Attorney
It is also important that you do not sign any settlement agreement or other legal document provided by your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company. If you have been seriously injured, the insurance company will probably try to convince you to sign a settlement that is far too low. They hope you will be worried about your medical bills and accept the first settlement they offer. Speaking to an attorney who can negotiate with the insurance company can help you recover all your deserved compensation.
The attorneys at Heninger Garrison Davis have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies in motorcycle accident claims. When you work with us, we will handle all of the notification requirements and discuss your case with the insurance company so you can focus on your recovery. We will help you protect yourself against the risk of waiving insurance coverage due to improper notification.
Contact an Alabama Motorcycle Accident Attorney
After you have received medical treatment, it is essential that you reach out to an experienced attorney as quickly as possible. The attorneys at Heninger Garrison will explain your legal options, act quickly to preserve evidence, and protect your rights throughout the legal process. We have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in motorcycle accident cases. Contact us today to learn more about how we can fight for your right to compensation.