5 Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
Here’s What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Those who have been involved in a motorcycle crash are urged to act right away. It is highly suggested to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. They will stand by your side and help you through the process of building your insurance claim. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we will make sure that you get the justice you deserve for damages caused by the incident.
Below, our attorneys have constructed a list of helpful tips that you should follow if you were involved in a motorcycle collision.
- Get yourself to safety. If you are physically able to move after the accident, try to get out of the road. Remain calm and wait for help to arrive.
- Call 911 immediately. Speaking to a police officer about the incident will help you build your case. They will interview the parties involved, talk to witnesses, take pictures of the accident, and record detailed information on the police report.
- Exchange information. You must exchange your contact and insurance information with the other party involved in the accident. Do not forget to jot down their license plate number(s), as well.
- Gather information. Get as much information as you can. Take pictures of your injuries, property damage, and the location of the accident. Make sure to also document your perspective on what happened before, during, and after the crash. Do not forget to include the date and time of when the traumatic event took place. Lastly, you should get information on the police officers who are investigating the incident. Take down their name(s), badge number(s), and report number(s).
- Witness information. Check your surroundings for any witnesses nearby. If you find one, ask them if they would feel comfortable being involved in your case. Once they give you their consent, you should get their name(s) and phone number(s).
- Seek medical treatment. Your health is important, which is why you need to get yourself checked out to see if you suffered any injuries. Visiting the hospital may also help when it comes to proving your injuries. Your physician will record any information you provide and have it saved on file. You may use these medical documents as an essential piece of evidence.
- Get in touch with a motorcycle accident attorney. It is highly recommended to seek legal protection after getting into a motorcycle accident. A personal injury attorney will give you proper legal advice to help resolve your case by proving you were not at-fault for the crash. Do NOT speak to an insurance company prior to contacting an attorney. You could potentially provide wrong information or be given a low amount of compensation that should not be offered for the type of situation you were in. Your attorney will make sure you are providing correct details about the incident and can convince your insurance company to give you more coverage for damages caused by the accident.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you or a loved one are a victim of a motorcycle accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced motorcycle accident attorneys that will work tirelessly to make sure you get a satisfactory end result in your settlement. Our attorneys will help you recover financial compensation for any losses you have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering from your injury. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. No fees are paid until we win your case. Additionally, there are no financial risks involved when you use our services. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].