Steps To Take Immediately After A Motorcycle Accident In Florida?
On Behalf of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa | September 01, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents
According to statistics, there are approximately 89,000 motorcycle accidents annually in the United States. Unlike car accidents, motorcycle accidents tend to be more severe because motorcyclists aren’t protected inside a vehicle when they crash. So, it’s unsurprising that some of the worst road accidents involve motorcyclists.
There are a few vital steps that motorcyclists should follow following a minor or major accident. In our article, we discussed these steps to ensure riders know what to do to ensure their physical, emotional, and financial safety.
Should you have recently been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should consider speaking with a South Florida attorney. The professional lawyers at Rosenthal, Levy Simon & Sosa, have been serving the South Florida community for years, so they have the experience you need to build a strong case that will potentially win you compensation.
What Are The Five Steps You Need To Immediately Take After A Motorcycle Accident In Florida?
Although there are many steps you can take after a motorcycle accident, we have managed to narrow the list down to the top five steps you need to remember. It’s usually best to follow these steps in order. Still, if you follow them all, you’re unlikely to encounter serious issues if you choose to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit.
1. Get Yourself To Safety And Alert The Authorities
The first and often most vital step is to get yourself (and, if you can, others) to safety and call the police and 911. By calling the police, you will ensure there is a police report of your accident that details crucial information you will need if you file a lawsuit.
For example, a police report usually has your details and the details of the other people involved in the accident. It will also have the police’s opinion on the cause of the accident and who they believe to be liable.
Additionally, calling 911 will ensure that any immediately serious accident injuries you have are addressed at the scene.
2. Assess You Injuries And Seek Medical Attention
After you have seen the emergency personnel at the scene of your accident, it’s important that you still assess your injuries. However, regardless of if you believe your injuries to be minor, it's crucial that you seek appropriate medical care.
Visiting your doctor or the emergency room will ensure that you have a medical record detailing the injuries you sustained in your motorcycle accident. This record is vital if you choose to file a claim to get compensation for your injuries.
3. Obtain Accident Scene Evidence
While at the scene of the accident or after being checked out by a physician, you need to obtain as much evidence about the accident as possible. Usually, this evidence will include gaining access to your medical file copies and copies of your police accident report.
It will also involve taking pictures of your property damages and injuries and videos of the accident scene. Additionally, as part of your evidence gathering, you should try to obtain CCTV footage or dashcam footage of the accident, as this can also help prove liability.
4. Get Witness Statements
Witness statements can help your case significantly because a witness statement can corroborate your story. Having multiple statements from people proving your innocence in a motorcycle accident can considerably influence your likelihood of obtaining compensation.
Besides utilizing first-hand witness statements, you can also try to get expert witness statements. Having statements from doctors and accident scene specialists can go a long way in strengthening your case.
5. Speak With A Motorcycle Accident Attorney
One of the most important steps you must consider is speaking with a motorcycle accident attorney. With an attorney on your side, you can wholly focus on your recovery while they take care of the immediate legal action that needs to take place.
Additionally, an attorney will have the experience needed to prove liability and will be able to help you determine the type of damages you could be eligible to earn in a settlement. An attorney specializing in motorcycle accident cases will also be able to deal with your insurance company on your behalf.
This ensures you’re not taken advantage of and don’t accidentally admit fault when an adjuster tries to learn what happened during your accident.
Contact A South Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Motorcycle accidents should be taken seriously, especially if you have sustained injuries that have affected your life. Should you need help filing a motorcycle accident claim against a negligent party, you might want to talk to a South Florida motorcycle accident attorney.
An attorney can work with you to find out all the facts and build a winning case that will get you the justice and compensation you deserve.
So why not consider hiring an attorney from the respected Rosenthal, Levy Simon & Sosa law firm. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to ensure you are financially stable while recovering from your injuries. You can visit us or contact us here for a free case review.