Posted on: 30 April 2018Share
If you have been in a motorcycle crash and are reading this, then you are lucky. As you probably already know, many people do not survive motorcycle accidents, and the fact that you did puts you in a unique position. You probably don't have a lot of friends who have crashed and survived, so you may not have a lot of resources as far as determining what to do after the accident. Well, to get you started, here are four must-do tasks after you've been in a motorcycle crash.
1. Contact an attorney
Chances are, your insurance company and the other driver's insurance company are not going to agree as to who should pay for the damages. Plus, there may not even be enough coverage to pay for all of your medical bills and lost wages. An attorney can sort all of this out for you and get you the compensation you deserve. The sooner you contact them, the better. Look for an attorney who specializes in motorcycle crashes -- not just car accidents.
2. Document your progress
It's not always easy to predict how injuries will heal and how they will affect you in the future. One person with broken ribs may go to work within a few days, and another person may be out for months, for example. The way you heal will determine how much compensation you are due, so keep a journal in which you detail your healing progress -- preferably with accompanying pictures.
3. Stay off social media
You may be tempted to post about how glad you are that you're alright or how angry you are at the other driver, but the best policy is probably to keep your accident off of social media. It is so easy to have something you said to be used against you if you end up going to court over your case. A phrase as simple as "well, that was stupid!" could be taken as an admission of guilt.
4. Talk to your insurance company, but on a limited basis
You should certainly call your insurance company and give them the basics about the accident -- if you have not already. What you should not do is agree to any type of settlement offer or give them exorbitant details about the case without your lawyer there to supervise and tell you what to say. You do not want to sabotage your chances of a successful claim.
If you manage to tackle these tips, then congratulations. You are lucky to be alive, and the months that come will surely get easier as you heal. For more information, contact your local motorcycle accident attorney.