If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, an accident lawyer can help you receive adequate compensation for property damage and injuries. For the best results, however, there are steps you must take to ensure we’re able to help you as much as possible.
1. Watch what you say
Accidents are scary, jarring, and traumatic. It’s easy to let your emotions get the best of you during this time. However, it’s important to be careful of the statements you make after an accident to the police, witnesses, or even insurance adjusters. What you say can be used against you, even if you don’t mean to say it. Be mindful and never admit fault, even if you aren’t sure if the accident was your fault. After the accident, be careful who you speak to as well. Formal statements in person, by phone or in writing should only be given to your doctor or Albuquerque accident attorney.
2. See a doctor
If you’re injured, don’t attempt to hide it or put on a brave face. Avoiding treatment can make the injury worse, but it can also put your case at risk. If you don’t report the injury, the insurance company will believe it doesn’t exist. This means you may not get the full compensation you need to pay for treatment and medical bills.
3. Obtain a copy of the police report
In cases of injury or serious property damage, police officers may be called to the accident scene. If this is the case, always make sure to get the name of the officer attending the accident and your individual case number. Get a copy of the police report as soon as possible and check it thoroughly for errors. If there are any found, report them to your attorney.
4. Take pictures
A picture is worth more than a thousand words when it comes to accident claims. Document everything with pictures, including property damage, the accident scene, and your injuries. Do this as quickly as possible before the conditions of these important factors change. Remember that roads can be cleaned, damaged motorcycle gear can be lost, and injuries heal. The quicker they are documented via pictures, the better your case.
5. Write all lost time down
Injuries that occur during a motorcycle accident can greatly affect your day-to-day life. You may not be able to attend work, school, or even social functions while you recover. Write down the times and dates of each of these functions, along with any wages you may have lost because of your absence.
While a motorcycle accidents lawyer in Albuquerque will do everything he or she can to help you win your case, there are steps you must take as well to help ensure the case is ironclad. Use these tips to benefit your claim. If you have questions about your accident, please give us a call for your free initial consultation.