The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) logged more than 5,000 motorcycle accidents in 2017 alone. If you or someone you love were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to discuss your next steps.
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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
How you respond after a motorcycle accident can determine both the outcome of your health and any claim you may choose to file in the future. A Tampa motorcycle attorney will recommend that you take the following steps after a motorcycle accident:
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Contact the Police
Regardless of the severity of a motorcycle accident, you should always contact the police. The police have specialized training to make determinations regarding fault, interview witnesses, and obtain critical evidence at the scene of the accident. Always cooperate with the police and answer their questions truthfully. Additionally, you should always request a copy of the written police report when it is finished.
Never Admit Guilt
When someone is in a motorcycle accident, often they are understandably anxious or emotional. They may blurt out “I’m sorry!” “Oh, I wish I hadn’t been texting and driving!” (this type of distracted driving is particularly dangerous) or “Oh, I wish I wouldn’t have made that turn, are you ok?” Whatever you say after a motorcycle accident, however, can be used in the police report or later during a lawsuit. It is important to never admit guilt of any kind, even if the accident was your fault. The police officer and the insurance adjusters will make their own determinations.
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Seek Medical Attention Immediately
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you likely suffered injuries. If an ambulance did not arrive, you should at a minimum seek medical attention within 48 to 72 hours after an accident for your own health. Having a medical professional assess your injuries can also help you obtain the monetary recovery you deserve if you later seek to file a lawsuit to attempt to receive compensation for your injuries.
Negotiate With Insurance Companies
Insurance companies would like nothing better than for you to take their first settlement offer. They may use devious tactics such as asking questions about the accident in order to twist your answers to their benefit or attempting to get you to admit fault. Make sure that you never take an insurance company’s first settlement offer but rather negotiate for the amount of compensation you deserve.
Never Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident on Social Media
While it may be tempting to discuss your motorcycle accident on social media or post pictures, anything you post on social media can be used against you in court. if you decide to file a lawsuit regarding your injuries.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Tampa, FL
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, contact a Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733. The responsive legal care offered by the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you negotiate with insurance companies, determine if you need an expert witness, and work with you to build your case.