No motorcycle rider plans on being involved in an accident, but if you are, these six guidelines will help you get fair compensation for your injuries and the damage to your bike. Remember that having an experienced Georgia motorcycle accident attorney to guide you through the process will maximize your chances of success.
- Ask everyone involved about any injuries, administer first aid and call 9-1-1 or an ambulance if necessary. Move the vehicles involved to a safe location out of the traffic lanes, but try to move injured persons as little as possible because movement may worsen their injuries.
- Exchange information with the other driver or drivers. This information should include:
- Name, address, email address, and other contact information. This information will become important if your insurance company or your attorney needs to contact these people later.
- Drivers license and vehicle plate number for all involved drivers.
- Insurance information for all involved drivers. Georgia law requires motorcyclists to carry insurance, but amounts may vary.
- Statements from the other drivers or from passersby about how the accident occurred or what they observed. If you can’t get the needed information, a good Georgia attorney can do so later. Do not volunteer information yourself because any comments could be used against you in court.
- Contact law enforcement. Answer the law enforcement officer’s questions honestly, but do not volunteer information or admit liability.
- Call your insurance company. Remember that most insurance companies have time limits for reporting accidents, so call as soon as possible, or your claim could be denied. The company will conduct an investigation into the accident and either grant or deny your claim. An experienced Georgia traffic attorney can review your policy and negotiate to get the best compensation from your insurance policy or that of the other driver, including coverage for accidents caused by uninsured motorists, if this applies to your case.
- Call an Atlanta attorney experienced with traffic accidents as soon as possible. A good attorney will help you get necessary information about details of the accident, will negotiate with your insurance company, and can interpret medical records. In addition, if you go to court, you will need a good attorney who is familiar with the background information. If you go to court too late, Georgia’s statutes of limitations may prevent your case from being considered.
- Get a medical exam as soon as possible, even if you don’t think your injuries are serious. Many injuries from traffic accidents, including back injuries and traumatic brain injuries, can take weeks or months to show up.
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Even when you do everything correctly, unanticipated problems can weaken your case. Drivers and passersby change their stories or simply forget, injuries turn out to be worse than they appeared, or other evidence is lost or destroyed. An attorney can get you the best compensation possible despite these problems. Call Slappey and Sadd today for a free case evaluation, or contact us online.