motorcycle accidents

Getting into an accident while riding a motorcycle can be a very traumatic experience. First and foremost, the most important thing is the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in the accident. Once it is established that those who have been injured are under the proper care, there are some key steps that you must take:

  1. Stop immediately and be careful of oncoming traffic. Do not leave the scene of an accident.
  2. Keep calm and aid the injured, if possible.
  3. Call the police and, if needed, an ambulance. If you are injured, go to the hospital.
  4. Exchange information with the other driver(s).
  5. Identify the witnesses and get their names, addresses, phone numbers, and statements.
  6. Make an accident report with the police immediately. Verify later that it is accurate.
  7. Take pictures of the vehicles, injuries (if visible), and the scene of the accident.
  8. Provide the insurance company only with basic information such as your name, address, and telephone number. Do not discuss the accident or your injuries.
  9. Do not accept an offered injury settlement or sign a binding release.
  10. Call us for legal assistance to protect your rights.

Do I need to call the police?

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact the police immediately. Doing so will help document what happened, why it happened, how it happened, and which parties are at fault. It will also allow for an immediate investigation of the scene while the evidence is still available.

When should I contact an attorney?

As soon as all of the people who are injured receive medical care and information is gathered from all involved parties and witnesses, you should contact an attorney who is experienced in handling personal injury matters. We will always meet with you right away for a free consultation, so you can get your questions answered and get immediate legal assistance. If you decide to retain our services, we will have an investigator conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, so that no evidence goes undetected or is lost.

No matter where you are calling from, contact us at 800-LAW-OHIO, so we can discuss your accident and injuries and begin protecting your rights and interests immediately.

The above is not legal advice. That can only come from a qualified attorney who is familiar with all facts and circumstances of a particular, specific case and the relevant law.

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