The day started out ordinarily enough, or maybe even a little bit better than usual. It was a day that you were able to ride your motorcycle. You enjoyed the freedom of the ride. Yet, in just one instant your ordinary day was changed. Another driver’s negligence caused you to be involved in a motorcycle crash. You were left physically injured, stressed, and worried.
Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers are also riders. We understand what you are going through and we know how confusing things are in the aftermath of a crash. Here, we will explain what you can do at the scene of the crash and in the weeks and months following your crash so that you can protect your legal rights and potential recovery.
What to Do at the Scene of an Iowa Motorcycle Crash
The scene of a motorcycle crash can be very confusing and overwhelming. You may be in a lot of pain and unable to think clearly. If you are physically able to do so, then it is important to:
- Call the police. The police will investigate the accident and make sure that you and others are safe from any secondary accidents.
- Accept medical attention. Some accident injuries are not immediately apparent. Accordingly, it is important to make sure that you get prompt medical attention so that any issues can be diagnosed and treated.
- Take pictures. Pictures of the accident scene, the vehicles involved in the crash, and of your injuries can be useful evidence later.
- Write down the names and contact information for all witnesses of the crash. The witnesses may be able to provide useful statements or testimony about what happened.
- Exchange license and insurance information with other drivers. This will help you locate the other parties later and speed up the recovery process.
These things are important, but they are not always possible to do at the chaos of an accident scene.
What to Do After an Iowa Motorcycle Crash Injury
Regardless of the steps that you could take at the accident scene, it is important to take the following steps in the days and weeks following your crash:
- Get follow-up medical care. This is important—both to your physical recovery and your potential legal recovery. By receiving medical care and following up with recommended treatments, you are taking steps to make sure that your injuries do not get worse.
- Talk to an attorney. A lawyer can make sure that all of your rights are protected and that you avoid common mistakes after your motorcycle wreck.
- Notify your insurance company. There may be a reporting deadline. Talk to your lawyer about how and when to notify your insurance company of the crash.
These steps can help you protect your right to a fair recovery.
Take Action to Pursue Your Fair Motorcycle Accident Injury Recovery
Above, we describe the actions that you can take to protect your rights and your recovery. If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries and you take the right steps to protect your rights, then you may be able to recover damages for your motorcycle accident injuries which include past, current, and future:
- Healthcare costs. All of your medical costs, including but not limited to hospitalizations, surgeries, doctors’ appointments, medications, and rehabilitation therapies should be included in your recovery.
- Lost income. Any money that you would have been able to earn if not for your injuries should be compensated. This includes lost wages, benefits, and income from self-employment.
- Out-of-pocket expenses. Any costs you incurred because of your injuries should be compensated.
- Pain and suffering. The emotional suffering and physical pain you experience because of your injuries should be included in your recovery.
Our lawyers believe that everyone who has been injured by someone else’s negligence deserves to make a fair recovery. If we represent you in an Iowa motorcycle accident case, then we will fight hard to get you that recovery, and we will provide you with the individual attention that you deserve during this difficult time. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with us. We would be happy to meet with you in our Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, or Davenport office or come to you if that is more convenient. Simply call or reach out to us via this website to learn more.