You can protect your rights after a motorcycle accident by remaining at the accident scene after the collision, getting a police report, seeking medical attention, and documenting the accident scene itself. You should also consider how a personal injury lawyer from our law firm could help you during this stressful time.
Remain at the Accident Scene and Call the Police
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is crucial to call the police. If you are unable to do so, have a witness contact the police for you. By calling the police and reporting the incident, you will have an official police report documenting the accident.
A police report is a critical piece of evidence in a motorcycle accident claim. Make sure not to make any statements about fault or apologize for the incident when speaking to the police or the other driver involved in the accident.
Get Medical Attention to Address Your Injuries as Soon as Possible
Since motorcycles offer very little protection to riders, they often sustain severe injuries.
Motorcycle accident victims must receive medical treatment as soon as possible following an accident.
Many traffic accident victims underestimate the severity of their injuries after an accident. The “fight or flight” hormone, adrenaline, floods their bodies, masking the pain they feel. An injured individual may not begin to develop symptoms until hours or days after the motorcycle crash.
Getting checked out by medical professionals immediately after the accident serves two essential purposes:
- Ensuring that you get the medical treatment you need to avoid worsening the injury
- Providing official medical documentation of your injuries
Document Everything You Can About the Accident Scene
If you can do so safely and without exacerbating your injuries, document everything you can about the accident scene.
If possible, take photographs of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and your injuries. Take note of the circumstances of the accident. Get contact information from any witnesses to the accident.
If you cannot do so yourself, have a witness or someone else you trust document the scene for you.
Consider Working With a Lawyer from Our Law Firm
The purpose of insurance is to compensate people for their financial losses after a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately, getting the compensation you need and deserve after a motorcycle accident is often much more complicated than it should be. Insurance companies may minimize the damages you suffered because of your accident and offer a payout that does not cover all of your losses.
The insurance company may also try to pin the blame for the accident on you. An attorney from our legal team can gather evidence and use it to build a claim. Our attorney can also communicate with the insurance company and advocate on your behalf during settlement negotiations.
Having an attorney from our firm on your side means that you have someone advocating for your best interests during your case.
We Can Help You Meet the Statutory Requirements
According to CC §3492, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in Louisiana is only one year. This means that you must file the lawsuit within one year of your motorcycle accident. If your loved one was in a fatal motorcycle crash and you want to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf, CC §2315.2 places a one-year statute of limitations on this type of action.
Contact Our Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, it is important to take steps to protect your rights. You can protect your rights after a motorcycle accident by getting medical attention for your injuries, documenting the accident, and speaking with an attorney. Call us today at (337) 777-7777 for a free case evaluation.