What Should You Do After A Motorcycle Accident?
There are an estimated seven million motorcycles in the United States. Motorcycles account for less than 1% of total miles driven in the United States. Serious and sometimes catastrophic personal injuries can result from motorcycle accident crashes. Motorcycle operators are much more likely to become seriously injured in a crash as opposed to the operators of standard automobiles.
When an accident does occur, it’s natural to wonder what should one do after the accident? First, it is important to immediately contact the police following the crash. If you were at fault for causing the accident, it is crucially important not to admit fault at the scene to the responding officer. If you do report to the officer that you were at fault, that will be included in the officer’s police report, which will ultimately greatly affect your case should you choose to pursue one.
If you are not at fault, it is important to articulate to the responding police officer exactly how the accident occurred. You want to make sure to tell the police officer how the accident happened in very specific terms so the police officer’s report will be fully and completely accurate. If you sustain personal injuries from the accident, keep in mind PIP, Personal Injury Protection, is not available under Massachusetts law to motorcycle operators. If you did sustain injuries, any and all medical treatment will have to be run through your private health insurance. This is why it is vitally essential to have high-quality medical insurance in place if you operate a motorcycle in Massachusetts. Because there is no PIP, there is no No-Fault insurance that can be pursued. Therefore, having health insurance is significantly important.
If you are not at fault for causing the motorcycle accident, you may file a personal injury claim against the driver or drivers who are responsible for causing the accident. This will be a claim for any and all damages you suffered from the accident. This may include payment for medical bills, for lost wages, for pain and suffering, including any and all other additional damages you sustain from the accident. If you were, in fact, at fault for causing the accident, then you would not be permitted to file a claim for personal injuries because of the fact that you were the one that caused the accident.
If you were not at fault for causing the motorcycle accident and you did sustain personal injuries, it is very important to contact a local motorcycle accident lawyer that can assist you with your claim. There are many traps that one can inadvertently step into during the claims process in motorcycle accident cases. That is why having a competent and experienced personal injury attorney on your side can significantly impact the compensation to which you may possibly recover for your accident. Please contact the Law Office of Christopher Earley today for your free consultation at 617-338-7400.