What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
The fantastic year-round riding weather and events such as Daytona “Bike Week” and “Biketoberfest” lure hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists to Florida annually. As much as this helps local economies, it also means that I-95, I-10, I-4, I-75, US-1, A1A and other Florida roadways see many motorcycle accidents each year.
At The McLeod Firm, we don’t let insurance companies and careless drivers get away with blaming the victim. We understand motorcycle dynamics and we know how and why these accidents happen. If you or a family member have been injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, call 904-471-5007 or contact us online today.
Taking Action to Protect Your Own Rights
Many of motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic or fatal injuries for the person or persons who were on the bike. In these cases, it is usually up to the biker’s family and friends to take action to protect the biker’s legal rights. However, if you are lucky enough to be able to “walk away” from a motorcycle accident, there are some things you should know.
- First, don’t discount your injury. It is extremely important that you go to see a doctor and get checked out, regardless of how you feel. The reason is that injuries that don’t seem bad right away could become serious problems later. If they don’t get documented by a doctor after the accident, the insurance company may be able to get away with claiming your injuries weren’t suffered because of the accident at all.
- Second, get the names of witnesses and take photos of your bike and the accident scene if at all possible. If you can’t do this yourself, have a riding companion or friend do it or ask someone at the scene. Most people are willing to help if they can.
- Third, get the other driver’s insurance and contact information before leaving the scene. This is very important because PIP insurance and your own UM/UIM insurance may not cover motorcycle accidents.
- Fourth, don’t make any statements about the accident to anyone and especially not to an insurance company representative. Talk to a lawyer first. However, you should always cooperate with law enforcement at the scene.
Contact Our St. Augustine, Florida, Car and Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Contact our law office in St. Augustine, Florida. We provide a free initial consultation to determine if we are the right firm to handle your case. We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis; that means you pay no attorney’s fees until we recover money for you. Call us today at 904-471-5007.
Contact Our St. Augustine, Florida, Motorcycle Accident Lawyers