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Protecting The Rights Of Responsible Motorcyclists
Amongst all the types of vehicle operators on the road today, motorcyclists are at the highest risk of suffering serious injury or death when involved in an accident. This is largely due to the minimal protection between them and the road. While wearing a protective helmet can significantly decrease the risk, motorcyclists are still left vulnerable in a variety of other ways.
What to Do After An Accident
ANSWERS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Check Your Safety
Immediately following your accident, check to see if you or any of your passengers have been seriously hurt. If there is need to call for 911, do so. If not, call the police and wait for them to arrive. Do not move your vehicle.
Speak With Police
Once police arrive, they will interview you about exactly what happened. Be as detailed as you can, but don’t speculate—it’s okay to say you don’t know. It’s also advised that you don’t diagnose yourself, either. Even if you feel unharmed, you may not feel residual injuries until hours or days after your accident.
You will want to exchange information with the other driver, including names, addresses, and insurance information. If you are able, also take pictures with your phone of the damage to your car or other telling details of the accident. If there are lingering witnesses, get their contact information, as well. Later on, if you have sustained injuries, even minor ones, photograph these, as well.
Alert Your Insurance Provider
As a policyholder, you are responsible for alerting your insurance provider of your accident. They may ask you many of the same questions the police did for their own records and also provide you with a claim number. You will want to keep a log of your phone calls with your provider (and the topics discussed) in case there is a future need to dispute their assertions.
See A Doctor
Even if you believe you are only experiencing minor effects from your crash, it is advised that you see your doctor. When you do, keep a record of these visits and any resulting documentation (bills, tests, x-rays, etc.) as these will be needed for your insurance claim and any potential legal action.
Call An Attorney
If your insurance company—or the other driver’s insurance company—refuse to pay out the money you deserve following your accident, then it may be time to speak with an attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can use the information you’ve gathered to enter negotiations with insurance providers or, if necessary, enter litigation against them and make a compelling case for compensation.
What Should I Ask My Doctor After a Car Accident?
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, no matter how severe your injury is, the first thing you must do is seek medical attention. As soon as you see a doctor, it is important to ask him or her a number of questions that may help you with your car accident claim or personal injury lawsuit.
What is the full extent of my injuries?
Are there any future health concerns that I should know?
What caused my injuries?
When can I go back to work?
May I have copies of my medical records?
The Importance of Taking Photos After a Car Accident
When a car accident occurs, you may feel overwhelmed with thoughts and utterly frustrated instead of being focused and thinking rationally. At Randall J. Trost, P.C., our Lynchburg personal injury attorney understands how important it is to take prompt, precise action after a collision. Gathering as much evidence as you can only benefit your claim, especially if it’s taken to court.
Photos offer visual details which depict how the accident happened, the individual(s) at fault and the injuries or damages that occurred. Due to the popularity and necessity of cellular phones, the benefit of possessing one is the camera feature, enabling users to take as many pictures as memory space allows.
Why You Need to See a Doctor After a Car Accident
Whether you suffered a minor injury or a serious one, it is imperative to see a doctor after a car accident. Not only must you visit a physician to determine the full extent of your injuries, but to also help build your car accident insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents
Unfortunately, motorcyclists often get an unjustified bad rap from other drivers. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of them actually operate their motorcycle in a very safe and responsible manner. Often times, the cause of accidents involving these vehicles is due to other drivers not knowing how to safely interact with them on the road. From aggressive driving and tailgating to failing to see motorcycles, there are numerous causes of accidents that are not the fault of the motorcyclist.
Some of the factors that are commonly involved in motorcycle accidents include:
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