Any motor vehicle accident is frightening, but the risk of serious injury is far greater when you are operating or riding on a motorcycle. Here are some of the key things to remember to protect yourself when you have been involved in a motorcycle wreck.
Take Care of Your Health First
The most important thing, after a collision involving a motorcycle, is to get the medical treatment you need. It’s not the time to shake things off or be strong…it’s the time to make certain you don’t take any further unnecessary risk. If you don’t think you can move under your own power, don’t try to do so. Wait until emergency medical technicians arrive and tell them what’s going on. Let them decide whether you need to leave the scene in an ambulance or are able to get up and walk away.
Be sure to tell doctors, nurses and medical professionals about anything that is out of the ordinary. Don’t focus on the obvious injury and ignore the less apparent one. Often, it’s the injuries you can’t see—muscle pulls, connective tissue trauma—that will be the most debilitating. Make certain all medical assessments are documented in writing.
Be Careful What You Say to Insurance Companies
You need to notify your insurance company of the accident, but you want to be careful how much you say. Your insurer has a vested interest in paying as little as possible to settle your claim. You will often be better served to hire an attorney as soon as possible and let your attorney be your liaison with insurance company personnel.
Contact Weber & Nierenberg
At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around the San Francisco Bay area who have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.