Motorcycle Accidents: What should I do?
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A MOTOCYCLE ACCIDENT?
The law Firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben is committed to helping motorcycle riders in Minnesota cope with the immediate and far-reaching consequences of a motorcycle accident. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another driver the firm's mobile website, which can be accessed at mobile.schwebel.com, has a handy Accident App that will take you step by step through the post-accident process. We also hope you will find these tips helpful:
- Get medical care immediately! Once you leave the hospital or clinic, be sure to follow all of your doctor’s instructions. Keep appointments for medical treatment, diagnostic tests, and therapy.
- If possible, obtain the names of other drivers involved in the accident. You will also need their address, telephone number, driver’s license number, and insurance information. Don’t assume that the police report will have all of this information.
- If possible, obtain the make, model, and year of other vehicles involved in the accident. You can ask to see the other driver’s vehicle registration. Record the name and address of any company that owns the at-fault vehicle. If the at-fault vehicle is a lease or rental, record the name, address, and telephone number of the rental company.
- Provide your name, address, driver's license number, and insurance information to other drivers involved in the accident.
- Request a copy of the traffic accident report from the local police or sheriff’s department. Save the report and other evidence for future reference.
- Do not sign any statement or argue with the other drivers over the facts of the accident.
- Do not arrange for motorcycle repairs until your attorney can inspect and photograph the bike. Your attorney will also notify the Insurers or Defense Attorneys when they can inspect the bike.
- Do cooperate with the law enforcement agency investigating the accident.
- Do not answer questions posed by any investigator or insurance company. Your insurance company might require you to report the accident within a certain time frame. Hiring an attorney immediately means you will receive expert assistance in satisfying this obligation under your insurance policy.
An attorney licensed to practice law in Minnesota can protect your legal rights as an injured motorcyclist. It’s important not to engage in communication with other parties after the accident. You can hurt your own case if you do this without an attorney.
For a free consultation, please call 612-377-7777 or 1-800-752-4265 (toll free). As an injured victim, your rights should be expertly represented by a motorcycle accident attorney that knows the Minnesota legal system and has experience dealing with insurance companies.