The freedom of riding a motorcycle is an incredible feeling, and it is why so many people flock to riding a motorcycle as adults. But what happens if your motorcycle is hit while you’re riding? The vast majority of motorcycle accidents occur due to other drivers not checking their blind spots, or from pulling out in front of a motorcyclist. Should this happen to you, finding the right motorcycle accident lawyer in Albuquerque is a must, but you should still perform a handful of tasks on the scene, to make sure everything is properly covered.
Assess and document
First things first, make sure everyone is alright. If you’re riding with a passenger, check on them immediately. It can be pretty jarring to be hit while riding a motorcycle, and injuries sustained can be far worse than if you were in a vehicle. If you feel any sort of pain, call 911 right away.
Now, take pictures of everything if you can. Even if you’re not sure you’ll need it, take it. Take photos of where the motorcycle is now, any skid marks, the car location, the license plate of the car, where you turned from and anything else you think might help your case further down the line.
Talk with anyone who might have seen the accident and take down their information. It is often helpful to have eye witness accounts in the event of an accident. Typically, drivers will try to say a motorcyclist pulled out in front of them last minute. If it is their word against your word, it may be a bit trickier to confirm your story, so having any extra witnesses can help.
Don’t wait to contact your insurance company about the damage to your motorcycle. Discuss only the damage to your motorcycle – not the wreck, or your injuries and treatment – until you talk to a lawyer. If they try to undercut what they pay you, then legal assistance can help, but always contact your insurance provider about your property damage first.
Get checked out then contact an attorney
Stop by your primary health care professional and have them perform a complete physical. Sometimes medical problems might not come up for weeks, so check it out now and then contact your lawyer. It’s important that you consult with a motorcycle or car accident attorney to get the best help for your case, and not just any any lawyer with a phone number. The attorneys of Parnall Law Firm, LLC are dedicated to helping motorcycle accident victims get proper representation so they may get the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact us today.