What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident Grand Rapids, MI

Warm temperatures, blue skies, and open roads are the perfect conditions for riding your motorcycle. However, it's important you know what steps you'll need to take if you're ever in an accident.

Our auto accident attorneys will fight aggressively for your rights to make sure you get the damages you need for medical bills, lost income, lost earning capacity, and emotional trauma. You can count on our personal injury lawyers for legal advice.

Continue reading to learn what you should do if you're ever in a motorcycle accident. If you haven't already, be sure to also check out our blog post concerning safety tips for new motorcyclists.

Check for Injury

The most important thing after an auto accident is to check for injuries. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may not be able to complete the rest of the steps we outline in this blog post. Even if you feel okay after the accident, it's important to go to the hospital regardless of your condition. For example, it's not uncommon for people with head injuries to feel fine at first, only to need treatment later for traumatic brain injury.

Since motorcyclists aren't required to wear helmets in Michigan, your injuries could be quite severe. If the other motorist was at fault for the accident, our motorcycle attorney can help you get the compensation you need to pay medical bills and other injury-related expenses.

If you're able to walk after the accident, check on the welfare of others and call 911.

Move Your Motorcycle off the Road

Move your motorcycle off the road as soon as possible. Even if you're unable to take pictures of the scene, it's more important to get out of the way of oncoming traffic. That way, you won't be involved in a second auto accident.

Document, Document, Document

Once the scene is safe, take pictures with your cell phone or camera. We recommend you take pictures from a variety of angles so your personal injury attorney will be able to examine the full extent of damage done to your motorcycle, other vehicles, and even the surrounding environment. Our auto accident lawyers will be able to use these photos to prove your case to the insurance company or in court.

Gather Information

Even if no one was seriously injured, you'll still need to file a report with your local police department. Once the police officer arrives at the scene, they will document important details regarding your case. The police report of the auto accident often becomes one of the most important pieces of evidence if you need to claim personal injury or file a claim with your insurance company.

While at the scene of the accident, collect information for:

  • Witnesses (names and phone numbers or email addresses)
  • Drivers (names, phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses)
  • Involved vehicles (license plate numbers, VINs, and makes and models)
  • Insurance company name and contact information for involved vehicles
  • Name and badge number of police officer on scene
  • Police report number

Call Your Insurance Agent

While you'll have to call your insurance agent after a motorcycle accident, keep in mind that they may not be looking out for your best interests. Sometimes, insurance companies want to get away with paying little to no compensation for your claim. Fortunately, our motorcycle lawyers will fight aggressively for your rights.

Hire an Auto Accident Attorney

If the accident was caused by the other motorist, our auto accident lawyer will make sure that the responsible parties are held accountable. We are also able to help you if your insurance company doesn't want to give you the compensation you deserve for your claim.

Our personal injury attorneys will be able to help you get the compensation you need to recover after a motorcycle accident. To schedule your consultation with one of our Grand Rapids auto accident attorneys, call Beurkens Law at (616) 459-5344.

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