People are killed and injured in motorcycle accidents daily throughout the United States. Unfortunately, the number of motorcycle accidents continues to rise in California in particular. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident follow these five rules to protect your rights – one of which is contacting an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for you.
- Report the Accident Right Away But Do Not Admit Any Fault
- Get Medical Care
- Keep Detailed Records of All Losses
- Do Not Give Statements or Sign Documents Unless Your Attorney is Present
- Do Not Wait to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Yes, you do want to call 9-1-1 to report the accident right away. In the meantime, do not apologize to anyone at the scene. Do not even say that you are sorry that the accident happened. Tell the police the truth about what happened but do not admit any fault. You will find that insurance companies are masters at manipulating innocent comments made about these accidents.
If your medical needs are immediate then you should visit the emergency room or go to the hospital via ambulance. Otherwise, go to the doctor and get checked out. Now only is this important for your health but it begins the process of documentation that may be necessary for you to get full compensation for your injuries and damages.
Any financial losses you experience a result of the accident should be detailed. For example, if you visit the doctor keep receipts. Keep invoices for the cost of transportation to and from your appointments. You are much more likely to be reimbursed if you have evidence of your damages and losses.
It is likely that the insurance company of the other party involved is going to try and get a statement from you. They may act as though it is an innocent thing that you do not need an attorney for. They are likely to ask you to sign it and/or record the statement. Even if you believe you have nothing to say that could hurt your case, remember that things can often be taken out of context. Wait until your attorney is present to give these statements or sign documents.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to wait to contact a personal injury attorney. The sooner you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, the sooner we can begin to protect your rights. We can work to preserve evidence, talk to eyewitnesses while their memories are still fresh, and ensure that no deadlines are missed.
The next step is to contact us at 800-333-0000. We will begin with a free case evaluation. If we determine you have a case and agree to take it, we will do so on a contingency basis that ensures you do not owe any legal fees until we win your case.