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Monday, January 28, 2019

Ten Things You Should Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming. It may be difficult to know what you should do after the crash to protect yourself. Our Texas motorcycle accident attorneys discuss ten things you should do after a motorcycle accident to protect your health and your legal rights.


1. Check yourself and others for injuries.
Check yourself and others for potential injuries. Trust yourself! If you are in pain or believe you cannot move, remain still and wait for help. Moving a seriously injured person could make an injury worse. 


2. If possible, get out of the roadway.
You must decide whether to move based on all circumstances, including whether to remain in place could put yourself or others in additional danger. However, if it is possible to get out of the roadway, it is usually the safest option to avoid additional injury from other vehicles or vehicles that might catch fire or explode.


3. Call 911 for emergency assistance.
Call 911 to request police assistance, even if you do not believe that you or anyone else is seriously injured. Having an official record of the accident scene is important for filing an accident claim. In addition, Texas law requires the filing of various crash reports depending on the circumstances of the accident. If the police do not investigate the accident, you need to make sure to exchange information with the other driver, including name, address, contact information, vehicle information, and insurance information. 


4. Ask eyewitnesses for contact information.
If an eyewitness approaches you after the accident, ask the witness for his or her name and contact information.  Eyewitness testimony can be very persuasive if your accident claim is disputed.


5. Make videos and take photographs of the accident scene.


Whenever possible and safe, it is helpful to make videos and take photographs of the accident scene immediately after the crash. Even if you can only take a few pictures or make a video from where you are sitting, that evidence could be helpful in proving how the crash occurred. If possible, try to capture the location of the vehicles, vehicle damage, skid marks, traffic signs, and the surrounding area.


6. Avoid discussing the accident with anyone at the accident scene.
Until the police arrive, avoid discussing the accident with bystanders or the other driver. When the police arrive, tell the officer what occurred without embellishing the facts or leaving out information. 


7. Never admit fault for the crash!
Never say you are sorry or admit fault after a motorcycle crash. Saying you are sorry can be interpreted as admitting fault. Even if you believe you could be partially at fault for the crash, do not admit fault. Tell the officer what happened without saying that you caused the crash. Until all evidence is reviewed, you cannot be sure if you were at fault or even if you share partial liability for the motorcycle crash.


8. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If you did not go to the emergency room after the motorcycle accident, it is a good idea to have a physical as soon as possible. Some injuries do not present symptoms until hours or days after the crash. In addition, a delay in seeking medical treatment could be used against you in your case if you need to file an injury claim.


9. Avoid using social media or posting information online.
Until you speak with a Texas motorcycle accident attorney, it is a good idea to avoid social media and avoid posting information online. If you need to file an accident claim, the information you post online could be used in your case against you.


10. Talk to experienced Texas motorcycle accident attorneys.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your accident claim. Motorcycle crashes often result in serious injuries, substantial financial expenses, and other damages. Contact our Texas personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. Our Texas motorcycle accident attorneys investigate accident scenes, identify responsible parties, gather evidence, and fight for your right to recover full compensation for all damages.



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