The scene of an automobile or motorcycle accident is terrifying and chaotic. Most people think they know the steps to take after an accident, but applying them when your stress level and adrenaline is high is a different matter entirely. You might not be thinking clearly and for this reason, it’s important that you know exactly what to do following your accident and make the decisions second nature. In 2012 alone, 93,000 motorcyclists were injured in motorcycle accidents in the United States, with far too many losing their lives as well. The Michigan government has given helpful tips for motorcyclists to avoid accidents and follow motorcycle law in Michigan.
Steps to Take After an Accident
Of course, sometimes accidents are unavoidable. If you are ever in a motorcycle accident, or any type of automobile accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention for yourself or anyone who is in need of help.
Additionally, call the police and alert them of the accident. The police can protect you and other victims from further traffic accidents, and file a report as evidence of the wreck.
After the police have arrived, ensure that you have any and all information from those involved in the accident, including other drivers, passengers, and any possible witnesses. Witnesses who are not involved will often leave the scene of the accident without notifying anyone, and tracking them down after the fact can be next to impossible.
The following is a list of some information that you might need to consider collecting:
· Full names;
· Insurance information;
· Any admissions of fault by other drivers; and
· Anything said by anyone at the scene, especially the other driver(s).
Make sure to provide the police with a copy of this information, as well. You should not, however, discuss any of this with any insurance companies until you have consulted an attorney.
Recovering Compensation in an Accident
After the accident, it is important that you retain legal representation to help you file an accident claim or a civil lawsuit. A victim in a motorcycle accident has distinct rights from a victim in an automobile accident. However, motorcycle accident victims can recover compensation for the following damages from the liable party:
· Medical costs;
· Pain and suffering;
· Property damage;
· Lost income;
· Mental suffering;
· Loss of enjoyment of life;
· Loss of spousal relations;
· Punitive damages (only in some cases); and
· Other damages.
If you or someone you know has been in a motorcycle accident, call the Clark Law Offices and see how we might be able to help you today. Our motorcycle accident attorneys can help you determine your options, deal with the insurance company, and recover the money you lost or will lose in the future as a result of the accident. Call our office today or visit our website to learn more.