Motorcycle riders in Fairfax face many challenges as they navigate the traffic and distracted drivers on Northern Virginia roads. When another driver’s carelessness or outright negligence leads to a crash that leaves you seriously injured, you need aggressive legal representation as soon as possible. The motorcycle accident attorneys at MacDowell Law Group have you covered. We are experienced in motorcycle accident claims, and we will fight to get you the full value of your damages.
Steps to Take After a Crash to Protect Your Injury Claim
While we will use every strategy at our disposal to build a strong claim for maximum damages, the steps you take immediately after the crash can help us get you more money in your settlement. If at all possible, we highly recommend that you do the following as soon as you can after a crash:
Report the accident.
If you are conscious and able, call 911 to report the accident. This is the best way to get your version of what happened in an official record immediately. The police report can be used to support your claim that the other driver caused the crash. If you are unconscious, an ambulance will be called, and the police will respond as well.
Gather evidence at the scene.
Again, if you are able, take pictures with your phone of the accident scene, including your bike, the position of the other vehicles involved, damage to your helmet and protective gear, and anything else of significance. If there are bystander witnesses, ask for their contact information.
Get medical help.
Even if you are able to walk away from the crash, get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. It’s important to have documentation of your injuries, including scans, doctor notes, diagnoses, and prognosis for recovery. If you are taken from the scene by ambulance, you will already have these important records.
Be cautious about talking to insurance companies.
While you should report the accident to your motorcycle insurance company, do not say too much about the accident. When the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, tell them you will be hiring an attorney and that they should talk to the attorney—not you. Do not discuss your injuries or sign a medical release form.
Follow your doctor’s treatment plan.
It will be vital to the success of your case that you follow your doctor’s orders, attend follow-up appointments, go to physical therapy if prescribed, take your medications, and avoid restricted activities.
Call MacDowell Law Group.
As soon as you can get to a phone after the crash, call our Fairfax office to speak to someone about your next steps.
The key to a successful injury claim is presenting a rock-solid case that proves that the other driver was at fault and shows the seriousness of your injuries. These cases can take some time to resolve, so the sooner we start working for you, the sooner you will be able to move on with your life.
What If a Loved One Was Killed in a Motorcycle Crash?
All too often, motorcycle crashes caused by negligent drivers of cars and trucks end tragically. If a loved one was killed in a collision with another vehicle while riding their motorcycle in Northern Virginia, contact our team to learn about your rights and options for filing a wrongful death claim. Close family members who were dependents of the victim can often seek compensation for their losses. These are complex cases to pursue at a very difficult time in your life, but our team will answer your questions with care and compassion.
Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Fairfax, Virginia personal injury law office at 703.277.2811 to schedule your free consultation. We help clients throughout Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia and look forward to helping you.