In the days following a motorcycle accident, you should seek medical care. If you were taken from the accident in an ambulance, this might seem obvious, but even if you walked away, you should seek medical attention.
Some injuries are not obvious right away but can develop in the days and weeks after an accident. Proper medical care is critical not just for your recovery but for documentation of your injuries. You may also wish to contact a personal injury lawyer after a motorcycle accident.
You may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, property damage, and more after the motorcycle accident. Your lawyer can advise you concerning what you should do in the days following a motorcycle accident.
What You Should do After a Motorcycle Accident
Here is an overview of the steps you should take after a motorcycle accident:
Report the Accident to the Police
You should report the motorcycle accident to the police. They will investigate the accident to determine who was at fault. The police report can be important evidence if you choose to seek damages.
Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company
You should also report the motorcycle accident to your insurance provider, even if you do not plan to file a claim. You may need to file a claim in the future, and the insurance company may deny it if you failed to report the accident.
Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
You can call a personal injury lawyer from the scene of the accident or in the days after. We can advise you on what to do, recommend a medical provider, and start to investigate the accident.
Do not Admit Fault
When speaking about the accident, take care not to apologize or admit fault in any way. Watch what you say when speaking to the other driver, when reporting it to the police and your insurance company, and when talking about it with family and friends.
If you admit fault to anyone, your words can be used to prevent you from recovering damages after the accident.
Seek Medical Attention
You may want to get a full medical evaluation after the motorcycle accident, even if you think it is unnecessary. Your medical records can be used to build a case in the future.
Be sure to follow any medical advice you receive after the accident. If you act against medical advice, the other driver and their insurance company can claim that you caused or worsened your injuries and do not deserve compensation.
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You May Be Entitled to Seek Financial Compensation
Here are some of the expenses that may be covered through a claim or lawsuit:
- Medical expenses such as ambulance bills, emergency room visits, visits to a doctor, diagnostic tests, medications, and rehabilitation
- Property damage for the repair or replacement of your motorcycle
- Lost wages if you are out of work while recovering
- Future lost wages if you are unable to return to work because of your injuries
- Pain and suffering if your injuries require a long recovery or you develop psychological conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, or depression
We Can Help You After a Motorcycle Accident
We can help you in many ways after a motorcycle accident. Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming, especially if you are recovering from significant injuries. We can focus on the legal and insurance aspects of your case so you can focus on healing.
Here are some of the ways we can help you:
Investigate the Accident
While the police and insurance companies will investigate the accident, we will conduct an independent investigation. We will collect evidence such as pictures of the scene, pictures of your injuries, medical records, police reports, and interviews with witnesses.
Estimate the Value of Your Damages
We will estimate how much your damages are worth based on evidence such as medical bills, motorcycle repair bills, and past wage statements.
Communicate with the Insurance Company
We will take over all written and verbal communication with the insurance companies, including filing a claim, providing documentation, and negotiating a settlement.
File a Lawsuit
If negotiations fail, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Time Limits After a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, you have a limited amount of time to pursue damages. 735 ILCS 5/13-202 sets the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits at two years. 740 ILCS 180/2 sets the statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits at two years. After two years, you may not be able to file a lawsuit and seek damages.
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Speak with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, a lawyer with The Kryder Law Group, LLC may be able to help you recover damages. Call our office today at (312) 223-1700 for a free consultation on your case.