In the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle accident, pressing concerns like repair bills can quickly distract you from important legal matters. In addition, you are probably wondering how you should handle an accident that leaves you physically or financially suffering. We have put together this comprehensive motorcycle accident FAQ to answer your most important questions.
What Should I Do Right Away?
Before anything else, make sure that everyone involved in the accident is safe. Then take pictures of both vehicles and where they came to rest before moving them to the side of the road. Check yourself for common injuries like broken limbs, back pain, and “road rash.” If someone has been seriously injured, call emergency services immediately. Don’t move them unless doing so is absolutely necessary.
You should also exchange names, insurance information , and contact information with any other drivers or riders. Take photos of the other drivers insurance card and license. In addition, try to acquire any witness information. This will help the police and insurance companies evaluate the circumstances of the accident. Check out our article on what to do after a motorcycle accident for more information.
Even if you feel that your own injuries are minor, you should still make an appointment with your doctor or have a thorough evaluation at an urgent care facility or hospital. Keep accurate and complete records of your appointments. This is the perfect time to start an “accident file” where you compile all documentation related to the incident. Any medical bills and physician statements will support your personal injury claim later.
Do I Need To Talk To The Police?
Yes, you do. While it can be tempting to take a deep breath and head home after such a stressful ordeal, leaving the scene of even a minor accident is a crime in Maryland. Everyone involved in the crash should wait for the police to arrive on the scene.
Sometimes the police will collect witness statements, ask a variety of questions, and compile a detailed accident report, but also try to acquire as much information as you can before the police arrive to the scene of the accident. Also make note and tell the police officer of any statements from other drivers admitting fault for the accident. Examples of this would be if the other drivers admit falling asleep at the wheel, texting and driving, drinking and driving, or any other version of distracted driving. These statements can be used later to help your claim.
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Should I Accept An Insurance Settlement?
In the weeks following the accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will probably offer you money to compensate you for injuries and property damage. You should always consult with a motorcycle accident attorney before accepting this offer.
Remember: if you take the settlement, you will forfeit your right to a lawsuit. The insurance company’s primary goal is to tempt you with a quick settlement before the full extent of your injuries, lost wages, and other expenses are known. Many people who accept this initial offer end up settling for pennies on the dollar. Sometimes these settlements will not even cover future medical expenses that were caused as a result of the motorcycle crash.
What Is The Value Of My Case?
This is a complex question to answer, even for an experienced personal injury attorney. In Maryland, the value of a personal injury case is dependant on many factors, including past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. An experienced Maryland motorcycle accident attorney can sit down with you, evaluate your situation, and determine your case’s genuine value.
Do I Need An Attorney?
Hopefully this detailed motorcycle accident FAQ has helped you understand the best course of action. During the claim and settlement process, assistance from a knowledgeable Maryland motorcycle accident attorney will be absolutely invaluable. Contact the dedicated legal team at Zirkin and Schmerling Law today at 410-753-4611 and get to know us before you need us.