Motorcycle accidents often leave riders suffering from serious injuries. Even if you are wearing full riding gear, you can suffer broken bones, road rash, nerve damage, and other injuries that can impact your life for months—if not years to come. As a result, it is extremely important to assert your legal rights, and you should speak with an experienced lawyer right away.
In addition to contacting a Columbus law firm, here are five steps you should take after a motorcycle accident in Columbus, Ohio:
1. Prioritize Your Medical Care
First and foremost, you need to prioritize your medical care. If you have not yet sought treatment for your injuries, you should see a doctor right away—and we encourage you to contact us for a referral. However, if you have already seen a doctor, follow your doctor’s advice (or contact us to help you get a second opinion), and be sure to attend all of your appointments as scheduled.
2. Be Sure to Keep Any Evidence You Have
Your motorcycle was most likely towed from the scene of the accident. Your Columbus personal injury lawyer can send an investigator to examine your motorcycle and collect any evidence that may be relevant to your claim for financial compensation. However, if you have any evidence in your possession, you should be sure to keep this to give to your lawyer as well. This may include items such as:
- Your damaged helmet and other riding gear
- Any photos or videos you were able to take at the scene of the accident
- The other driver’s vehicle and insurance information
- Any pieces of your motorcycle you collected from the scene of the accident
3. Write Down What You Can Remember about the Accident
It’s a good idea to write down everything you can remember about the accident as soon as possible.
- How and where did you get hit?
- Did the other driver appear to be speeding or distracted (or both)?
- How were the road and traffic conditions?
- How was the weather?
- These are all details that can help your lawyer assess your legal rights.
4. Get in the Habit of Keeping Records
If you were seriously injured in the accident, you would accumulate a lot of records. This includes medical records, employment records, and records from the insurance companies. You will want to share these with your attorney as well, so it’s a good idea to get in the habit of keeping all of these records together in a file.
5. Avoid Discussing the Accident with Anyone But Your Lawyer
Finally, for now, you should only discuss the accident with your lawyer. There are many reasons why—mostly related to the tactics the insurance companies use to deny injured riders just compensation. You’ll be able to talk about the accident eventually, but, at this point, it is in your best interests to keep the details to yourself.
Speak with Malek and Malek about Your Motorcycle Accident
Were you seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Columbus? If so, a Columbus personal injury lawyer can help you recover. To get started with a free, no-obligation consultation, call 888-444-7440 or get in touch online now.