Steps to Take Immediately after a Motorcycle Crash

Riding a motorcycle is a fun and exciting activity, but certain dangers exist for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists should know what to do after a motorcycle accident in Washington. Anyone involved in the accident, especially the motorcyclist, should seek medical attention immediately. In addition, motorcyclists should avoid making a statement to a claims adjuster, signing any releases, or taking any settlement agreements until they speak to an attorney.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an attorney as soon as you are able to do so. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries.

8 Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident in Washington State

Motorcyclists must exercise caution when they ride because they are often hidden by other vehicles’ blind spots. If you find yourself involved in an accident while riding your motorcycle, there are eight steps you should take. The following are the eight steps to take after a motorcycle accident in Washington State:

Contact the Police

You should contact the police and file a police report after a motorcycle accident. Bias against motorcycle drivers exists; therefore, you can combat the negative bias against you by taking proactive steps after an accident. A police report ensures that you tell your side of the story. This forces the other driver to tell the police their version of events. The police reports will be used to determine the comparative negligence of the accident.

Report All Injuries and Symptoms

Report your injuries to the police, the EMTs, and the firefighters, if they arrive. No matter how severe or mild, having documentation of your injuries will be important to build your case.

Get Medical Attention

Depending on the severity of the accident, someone else might call 911 for you so that you can go to a hospital. If this is the case, make sure you get a police report at the hospital. If the accident is not severe enough for a hospital visit, you should still seek medical attention immediately after the accident. The shock and confusion from the accident might mask your pain, and some symptoms of injuries do not appear for days. You need to seek medical attention right away in order to know the full extent of your injuries.

Do Not Give a Statement to the Other Side

Do not give a statement to the insurance adjuster or to a lawyer that does not represent you. Do not sign and cash a check from an insurance company without talking to a lawyer first. You might receive a lowball settlement offer that requires you to waive your right to sue for more damages. Always consult with a motorcycle attorney before accepting a settlement offer.

Never Sign Anything without Talking to a Lawyer

A motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience that rattles a person; therefore, you should never sign a legally binding contract following an accident. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help ensure that you are fully informed before you sign anything.

Obtain a Copy of Your Police Report

Contact the police department where your accident happened to get a copy of your report. Some reports can be ordered online, but that is not consistent across the country. 

Attend All Medical Appointments

You may experience a delay in the onset of your injury symptoms. A person may be cleared from a hospital on Monday, and that same person could have recurring headaches and a sore spine by the following Sunday. It is important that you attend all medical appointments and follow-up appointments. Make this a priority. Insurance adjusters will argue that missing your doctor’s appointments is a sign that you are not really injured. Diligently keeping all medical appointments shows that you were injured and are serious about achieving recovery. 

Keep Excellent Records

You should keep records of X-rays, copies of prescriptions, receipts for over-the-counter medications, lab services, physical therapy, medical documents, and a record of all doctor’s visits. Note the date and time of each service provided and how much you are charged. Keep an active and running pain log for any discomfort, fatigue, tenderness, or inconveniences. Write a Memorandum for Awareness to create a record of how you are feeling and how the accident has impacted your daily life and relationships. Make certain you have photographs of all of your injuries. Finally, keep a copy of all of your medical bills. Keeping a vigilant record of all of these is daunting, but this will help you in the event of a lawsuit.

Contact the Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Premier Law Group Today

At Premier Law Group, our Washington motorcycle accident lawyers provide attentive, client-focused representation to injured victims. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, we want to help you maximize your settlement or verdict. We offer a free, completely confidential case review in which you can discuss your claim. From our law offices in Seattle, Renton, Federal Way, and Bellevue, we serve communities throughout Western Washington. You can contact us online or call (206) 880-7518.