In 2015, nearly 90,000 motorcyclists suffered injuries in traffic accidents. Even with the proper safety gear, a motorcycle crash is likely to cause severe injuries or death. That danger might not deter you from cruising on your two-wheel thrill ride, but it is important that you know what to do in the event of a crash.
The costs of surgeries, X-rays, rehabilitation, and lost wages can be exorbitant after an accident. Although no amount of money can undo the pain and emotional hardship, you may be able to restore your financial stability by filing a personal injury claim.
All motorists have a duty to behave in a way that does not put other people in danger. If you were injured because another driver breached that duty by speeding, negligently changing lanes, or breaking another traffic law, then you may have grounds for a claim.
An auto accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm can evaluate your case, answer your questions, and help you pursue the maximum compensation. We have helped our clients recover more than $200 million, and we will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 800-522-6733 today to arrange a free consultation with an injury attorney in Baton Rouge.
Read on to learn five steps to take after a motorcycle wreck:
- Call the Police
The shock and adrenaline caused by a serious collision can make it seem impossible to think clearly; however, it is important to remember that your actions and statements in the immediate aftermath of a crash will influence your ability to recover compensation in a personal injury claim.
The first step you should take is to contact the police. If you or someone else was seriously injured, then request emergency medical assistance. When an officer arrives, make sure he or she creates an accident report. This will be important evidence if you file a personal injury claim.
- Take Pictures
Photos can tell the story of how your accident happened, and they may help your attorney prove negligence and liability. Take pictures of your injuries, property damage, the positions of vehicles, traffic signs, and skid marks.
- Gather Insurance and Contact Information from All Drivers Involved
You will need this information to file your claim. You should also record the contact details of any passengers involved in the collision.
- Record the Contact Details of Eyewitnesses
Witnesses often notice aspects of an accident that the drivers involved miss. Ask eyewitnesses what they saw. Record that information along with their full names and contact details. Your attorney may use witness testimonies to support your claim.
- Consult an Injury Attorney
A small mistake, such as making a recorded statement, missing important deadlines, or overlooking future damages, could severely harm your claim. An experienced lawyer can help you avoid these costly oversights and fight for the maximum payout.
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If you were injured in a crash with a negligent driver in Louisiana, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free initial consultation with an auto accident lawyer in Baton Rouge.