Important steps to follow if you’ve been hurt while on your motorcycle
The moments immediately following a motorcycle accident can be chaotic but are often the most crucial to ensuring your legal rights are preserved. Motorcycle injury lawsuits may be won or lost depending on a variety of critical factors, including gathering evidence after an accident and taking steps to protect legal rights immediately from the start.
The Cochran Firm, D.C. provides legal representation to motorcycle injury victims and their families in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Our attorneys are not only experienced injury attorneys but some are also motorcycle riders themselves.
First steps to take after motorcycle accident
The first thing to do after you’ve been in a motorcycle accident is to remain calm. Get the names, addresses, and any other information you can from the parties involved in your motorcycle accident.
Seek out witnesses who may have seen the accident and can corroborate your recollection of the events. This can include bystanders, police, and investigators on the scene. Having someone back up your side of the story may be crucial to winning your case.
What to do at the scene of a motorcyle accident
Speak only to the police while at the scene of a motorcycle accident. Keep your answers to the police short and simple and do not admit fault under any circumstances. Do not leave the scene of the accident until your are told is it okay to do so by the investigating officer. Leaving the scene of a motorcycle accident before you are told you may do so can cast a negative impression to opposing litigators, adjusters and the courts.
Immediately alert your insurance company about the accident but do not make any statements to them about the accident. Your attorney will handle communications between both your insurance company and the at-fault driver. Insurance companies are not in the business of paying out large settlements to injury victims, no matter how badly you are hurt or how much you deserve and need a large compensation award. Your motorcycle injury attorney will make sure you are given the full amount of compensation you deserve.
What should I do after a motorcycle crash?
Once you are cleared by law enforcement to leave the scene of the accident, seek medical attention. Visiting a doctor right away ensures you will have your medical history properly documented and injuries assessed.
Accurate documentation of your physical and mental state after a motorcycle crash can be very important for your attorney to get you the compensation you deserve. Courts award motorcycle injury victims compensation based on the damages they’ve suffered and you will want to make sure the courts are aware of all your injuries. Under the law injuries include property damage, physical pain, and emotional scars.
Start the legal process by talking to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney
Once you’ve alerted law enforcement, your insurance company, and sought medical treatment, you will want to speak to a seasoned and qualified motorcycle injury attorney. Having the right attorney can make all the difference in the world when it comes to the outcome of your case and how much compensation you may be awarded. Many injury lawyers will offer free consultations and legal representation on a contingency basis (meaning you pay nothing unless you win your case).
Some law firms only want to quickly settle their clients’ motorcycle injury lawsuits and are reluctant to go to trial. Insurance companies are aware of this and may have an understanding of which law firms are willing to go the distance to prosecute cases and which are not. You will want to retain legal counsel from a firm with a strong reputation for going the distance for their clients.
The Cochran Firm, D.C. serves motorcycle accident victims in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
The attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. are dedicated to securing the highest level of compensation for their clients. Our attorneys have years of real experience handling motorcycle accident lawsuits. The Cochran Firm, D.C. is capable and prepared to take your case to trial if that is what it takes to get you justice and the compensation you deserve. If you are speaking with other law firms, ask that lawyer exactly how many motorcycle injury lawsuits that attorney has taken to trial.
Our attorneys can help you recover lost wages, medical bills, hospital expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. The Cochran Firm, D.C. offers free, prompt and confidential case reviews to motorcycle injury victims interested in filing a lawsuit. We represent motorcycle clients on a contingency basis, meaning there are absolutely no legal fees unless we win your case. You have nothing to lose by picking up the phone and receiving a quick case review.
Call The Cochran Firm, D.C. at 202-682-5800 during business hours or at 1-800-THE-FIRM (843-3476) to reach us 24 hours a day. You can also fill out an online contact form to see if you have a case. Strict time deadlines apply when filing a lawsuit so please contact The Cochran Firm, D.C. at your earliest convenience in order to preserve your legal rights.