Over the years Walton Law Firm has handled numerous motorcycle accidents involving minor injuries to serious injuries and death. If you are involved in a motorcycle collision, the smart thing to do is call us before you speak to any insurance company, unless it is yours.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is best to remain at the scene unless your injuries require otherwise. Many times we see a built-in bias against motorcycle riders simply because they ride a motorcycle. Believe it or not, many believe that only “risk takers” ride motorcycles and the last motorcycle most people remember was the one that passed them running in excess of 100 mph in and out of bumper to bumper traffic on the interstate. Therefore, if you are capable of remaining at the scene to make sure that the police get your version about what happened, I recommend that you do so.
It is also very helpful to take photographs at the scene which can usually be done these days by the use of your cell phone. It is amazing how much help these photographs are when negotiating a settlement of your case. You may also want to get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses who are standing around after the collision. They tend to disappear before the police get their information. This information can be extremely important and helpful.
Assuming you are not taken by ambulance to the emergency room, we would strongly suggest that you immediately go to the local emergency room or urgent care type facility if you were injured. Some injuries do not become apparent until 12 to 24 hours after a collision. If that happens to you, do not hesitate to go get emergency medical treatment and to follow up with the appropriate health care provider.
Many times motorcycle riders are injured due to faulty equipment such as tires and/or helmets. If you are involved in a motorcycle collision it is best to store your motorcycle and helmet in a safe location until you have spoken with us about the possibility of claims regarding these products. If we do not have the faulty tire and/or faulty helmet there is nothing that we can do. Therefore, it is important to keep these items in a safe place.
Always wear a helmet. Always keep your eyes on the road. Always use your turn signals and make sure your motorcycle is in top operating condition. And always anticipate the other person pulling out in front of you. Drive defensively. Good luck!
More information on Motorcycle Accidents
- The American Motorcycle Association is a member organization pursuing, protecting and promoting the interests of motorcycle enthusiasts.
- The Hurt Report: Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures is a groundbreaking and influential 1981 study of factors that cause motorcycle accidents and injuries.