Steps to Take After a St. Louis Motorcycle Accident

by David Zevan on Sep. 11, 2014

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyer David Zevan discusses some practical steps that can be taken to protect your claim after a motorcycle accident.


There is a lot of work involved in any type of personal injury lawsuit, especially those involving a motorcycle accident.  Liability must be established, as well as proof of damages.  The best thing you can do is to speak with a St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. In the meantime there are a few steps that you can take.

For minor accidents, the police may not show up for an accident report.  No matter how small the accident is, you should generally call the police to investigate.  The reporting officer should give you a card after he is done with his investigation that has your official report number on it.  The officer will likely tell you that the report will be ready in a week. This document will typically contain the other driver’s insurance information, address, and employment information.  All of this information will give you a head start on filing your claim.

Evidence

Get as much information from witnesses as possible at the scene while the details are fresh.  Their testimony will be a huge help for you and your lawyer to help prove liability.  Pictures will help too.  If possible use your cell phone camera to take pictures of the accident scene, your motorcycle, and the other vehicle.  Have someone else take photos of your injuries.

Seek Medical Attention

Seek medical attention even if you don’t feel hurt.  It is virtually impossible to prove an injury if there is no medical report.  If ongoing care is required, go.  Don’t give the defendant the opportunity to say that your injuries are not severe.  There is a legal term for a plaintiff who does not pursue follow up treatment called gap in treatment.  This will be used against you if start missing doctor visits.

Speak with a St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Do not talk with insurance adjustors unless in the presence of your attorney.  This cannot be stressed enough.  Adjusters generally do not have your best interests in mind and are usually trying to keep any payout to a minimum.  Whatever you say to them, can and will be held against you.

Motorcycle use is on the rise, as more and more Americans look to them as a way to save money.  Accidents involving them are also on the rise as more and more drivers are being distracted by electronic gadgets.  You have the right to seek compensation if you were injured in an accident while riding your motorcycle.  Call (314) 588-7200 to speak with an attorney at Zevan and Davidson regarding your personal injury claim. We can evaluate your case for free and begin helping you work towards getting the compensation you are entitled to under Missouri law.

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