Nearly 90,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic accidents in 2015, according to the Insurance Information Institute. No matter how much experience you have on two wheels, all it takes is one negligent driver to cause a tragic collision.
Unfortunately, even if you wear the proper safety gear, you are still likely to suffer injuries in a motorcycle crash. The cost of medical bills, lost income, and vehicle repairs can add up to a veritable fortune. If another person caused your accident, though, you may be able to recover compensation for these losses by filing a personal injury claim.
If the collision occurred in Texas, turn to the Robson Law Firm. We have been representing the injured for more than 20 years, and our attorneys have the knowledge, resources, and experience to help you fight for the maximum payout. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free consultation with an injury lawyer in Austin.
Let’s examine six steps you should take immediately after a motorcycle crash:
- Look for Injuries
Your top priority is to make sure that anyone who was injured receives prompt medical attention. Even if nobody appears to be seriously injured, you should still contact the police so an officer can create an accident report.
- Call the Police
The other driver might try to convince you not to call the police, but don’t make this mistake. If you do not have an accident report to document the crash, the at-fault driver might deny liability, or the insurance company might dispute your claim.
- Take Photos
Pictures of the crash scene will be valuable evidence if the at-fault driver or the insurance company disputes liability. Take pictures that show:
- The positions of vehicles;
- Traffic lights;
- Traffic signs;
- Skid marks;
- The road and weather conditions;
- Your injuries; and
- Property damage.
- Record Contact and Insurance Information
Write down the contact and insurance information of all drivers involved. You will need those details to file your claim.
You should also write down the contact information from any eyewitnesses. Your injury lawyer may use their testimonies to support your claim.
- Visit Your Doctor
If you were not rushed to the hospital, visit your doctor immediately after the collision. If you do not undergo a medical evaluation or if you do not follow your treatment plan exactly, the insurance company might dispute your claim.
- Consult an Accident Attorney
Even if negligence and liability seem obvious, it is likely that the at-fault driver or insurance company will dispute your claim if someone died or if you suffered a permanent disability, because the damages incurred will be substantial. Insurance companies tend to take claims filed by attorneys more seriously, and an experienced lawyer can help you avoid costly mistakes that would reduce the amount of compensation you ultimately recover.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, contact the Robson Law Firm. We have recovered more than $26 million for our clients.
Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free consultation with an accident attorney in Austin. You can learn more about motorcycle accident claims by visiting https://usattorneys.com/motorcycle-accident/texas/.