Motorcyclists must know what to do after a motorcycle accident. Injured bikers must seek medical attention immediately and report all symptoms. They should never speak to claims adjusters or sign releases or settlements without first consulting a lawyer.

All too often, accident victims tell attorneys they regret not being better prepared for what to do immediately after the crash.

The Forsyth County motorcycle accident attorneys have compiled this list of suggestions to help injured riders.

Following A motorcycle accident

1. Call the cops after a motorcycle accident.

If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, call the cops. A cop report is vital. It allows you to tell your side of the story. It makes the at-fault driver explain to the cops how he or she injured you. It lets you record witness names and contact info. Also, it allows you to record the insurance information of the drivers and/or owners of the vehicles involved in your accident. You’ll need it to file a No-Fault claim for lost wages and medical bills. Motorcycle accidents involving death, injury, or property damage exceeding $1,000 require the police to file a UD-10 Traffic Crash Report with the State Police.

Injuries & Symptoms:

After a motorcycle accident, you must report all personal injuries, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing. Report your injuries and symptoms to the police, EMTs, firefighters (if applicable), and doctors and medical staff at the hospital emergency room. Insist that your injuries and symptoms be documented. No matter how minor or insignificant you think your injuries or symptoms are, you must report them so a doctor can document, evaluate, and treat you. Please notify the emergency room doctors if you have: (1) lost consciousness (however brief); (2) lost memory of events immediately prior to and/or following a motorcycle accident (3) felt dazed, disoriented or confused; (4) drowsy and/or difficult to awaken; (5) difficulty thinking clearly and rationally. Those symptoms may indicate a TBI or concussion.

3. Seek medical help

Seek medical attention for any injuries or symptoms you may have immediately following a motorcycle accident, no matter how minor or insignificant you may think they are. Many minor or insignificant injuries can cause significant chronic pain, long-term damage, and even disable you from living a normal life. These injuries, known as delayed injuries, must be documented immediately to prove the crash caused them. Time is critical. The sooner you get the proper diagnostic tests and medical care, the sooner you can start recovering. returning to good health and full recovery Remember to see your doctor if you develop new symptoms that weren’t apparent during your initial treatment.

4. Never give statements to insurance agents

After a motorcycle accident, never give “statements” to an auto insurance claims adjuster or defence lawyer without first consulting your lawyer. Surely. It’s only to get you to deny or minimise your injuries, symptoms, and pain. If you are not injured, the insurance company is justified in denying your benefits and compensation claim. In low-damage accidents, insurance adjusters frequently use this tactic to claim no one was seriously injured. Anyone wanting to speak with you should call your lawyer. Advice for the adjuster who wants to inspect the damage. Do not let the adjuster do so without your attorney.

5. Never sign without consulting a lawyer.

Never sign a release, waiver, or settlement without first consulting your lawyer. And never sign or cash a check from an insurance company or claims adjuster without first consulting your lawyer. The fine print in the releases, checks, and paperwork accompanying the checks will have the legal effect of “releasing” the insurance from all liability for compensation and benefits for any personal injuries you sustained in a motorcycle accident. We’ve noticed a trend where some auto insurance adjusters use language in their releases and checks to trick crash victims into “settling” their personal injury claims for far less than they’re worth. This includes attempting to get injured bikers to sign away all future legal rights to no-fault benefits and pain and suffering.

6. Apply for no-fault benefits

After a motorcycle accident, notify your insurance company and file a claim for no-fault benefits. The No-Fault auto insurance company must receive your application “within one year of the accident.” Filing the application ensures that you can recover the following No-Fault benefits to help you rebuild your life and recover from your injuries: (1) medical bills coverage; (2) wage replacement services; (3) mileage reimbursement; and (5) attendant care services (which are also referred to as nursing services). This is determined by the “priority” rules of state’s auto No-Fault insurance law for motorcycle accidents involving cars or trucks. The one-year deadline for filing for No-Fault benefits is strict. You will forever lose your right to claim and/or sue for No-Fault benefits if you do not file your application within one year of your Forsyth County car accident accident.

7. Obtain a police report

Inquire with the police department where your accident occurred. Many reports are available online. Please read “How To Get A Police Report For A Car Accident” for more information.

8. Keep all doctor’s visits.

Keep up with your personal injury treatment, whether it’s physical, occupational, or regular visits to your family doctor. It’s vital that you heal. Also, insurance adjusters frequently argue that an accident victim who misses a doctor’s appointment isn’t in pain. Read about the importance of timely medical care.

9. Keep records after a motorcycle accident

We suggest: Keep track of all doctor’s visits, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, laboratory services, physical therapy, hospital visits, treatments, medical documents, and x-rays.

10. Examine your auto insurance.

After a motorcycle accident, you should have an attorney review your auto insurance policy for any fine print that could affect your rights. No-Fault PIP medical benefits coverage levels determine how the auto insurance company will pay for your accident-related medical bills.

Check your auto insurance policy for specific notification requirements. State law sets deadlines for claiming No-Fault benefits, suing for unpaid benefits, and suing an at-fault driver for pain and suffering and other damages. However, for non-mandated claims and coverages, auto insurance companies frequently impose stricter notification deadlines and other requirements. For example, if you were injured in a hit-and-run or by an uninsured driver, many “uninsured motorist coverage” policies require notification within 30 days or you lose your rights to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.

Auto insurance policies often include a “other owned vehicle” clause that allows insurers to deny coverage to insureds injured by an insured (or hit-and-run) driver while riding a motorcycle or any other vehicle not specifically named in the policy.

Far too many uninformed clients assumed their auto insurance policies followed state’s no-fault timelines. In many cases, the policy’s contractual language, filing limits, and other requirements are much stricter. Unable to meet these contractual obligations, a crash victim may lose important coverage.

11. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer.

To protect your legal rights to no-fault benefits and pain and suffering compensation, you should consult an attorney who specialises in helping victims of these types of accidents. The first call is free. You will be informed of your rights to medical and wage loss benefits from the auto no-fault insurance company. An attorney can help you review your medical records and care to ensure your bills are paid. And an attorney will discuss the value of your case if your injuries were caused by another driver’s negligence or carelessness.