Motorcycles provide a unique sense of thrill and excitement for their drivers, something that a car or truck cannot match. As exciting as these vehicles are, they also come with a higher risk of injury. The steps a victim takes towards recovery shapes how well they can recover from the crash.
Each year, thousands of people die in motorcycle accidents, and thousands more receive catastrophic injuries. When consequences of an accident can last for life, the compensation a victim receives may be the only way of compensating with the injury. These steps can substantially improve the outcome of recovery.
If a victim of an accident can safely move about the scene of the accident, they must gather photo and video evidence of the crash. This evidence is exceptionally delicate and will not remain the same even hours later. Collect evidence of the vehicles involved, as well as the road conditions of the surrounding area.
Collect the contact and insurance information of the other driver, as well as the testimony and contact information of witnesses. This way, a victim can count on knowing that they will have the necessary information to pursue compensation safely.
Report the accident
Regardless of what the other driver may say, a victim should report their accident to the police and their insurance. Reporting an accident will help prepare their insurance to determine who is liable for compensation. The resulting police report can also be a valuable tool in pursuing compensation.
See a doctor
It does not matter if a victim was able to walk away with only scrapes and bruises; they need to see a doctor immediately. The doctor can provide a report on the actual damage the victim received internally and externally.
Call an attorney
Insurance companies on both sides of the accident are quick to offer compensation that can often be less than what a victim needs to recover. Lawyers know what their clients need to recover, and they know how to negotiate for the maximum compensation.
The sooner a victim of an accident takes these steps, the better.