Even at low speeds, a motorcycle accident can cause serious injuries. Topping the list of what to do after a motorcycle accident is to seek medical help for any injuries before doing anything after a motorcycle accident. The next step is to seek the advice of an experienced Alabama motorcycle accident attorney. You will need immediate assistance documenting and investigating the accident to preserve the evidence, and your rights.
For example, a motorcycle product defect may not be apparent, but an experienced defective product attorney would be prepared to investigate this. There are also a few differences between motorcycle and auto accident claims that can make the difference in preserving your rights to recover damages.
Below is a list of information your attorney will need. Collect as much of this at the time of the accident, or arrange for your attorney or a friend to do this for you.
Information to Gather
- Your police report.
- Your medical records.
- Medical bills.
- Witness names and contact information.
- Witness statements made, especially those that are not on the police report.
- Photos showing your injuries in detail.
- Photos of damages to your motorcycle and other property.
- Photos of the accident scene, as soon as possible after the accident, showing skid marks, weather conditions, location of motorcycle parts, damage to other property, lighting and time of day.
Protect Your Rights
When possible contact an attorney before you make any statement, and never make statements that could waive your rights, such as admitting fault. While you will have to make a police report
- State only obvious facts.
- Do not speculate about how something might have happened.
- Never admit to fault. Let the evidence show what happened–there could be evidence of other contributing factors that you are not aware of, such as a product defect.
- Get your attorney’s advice before speaking to any insurance company, even your own.
The attorneys at Long & Long can advise you how to protect your rights, and can give their best representation if you contact them before you speak to anyone else.