I’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident, What Should I Do?
One wrong move by another driver can leave you stunned and in serious pain on the pavement. Los Angeles is a crowded county, and after a wipeout, you face the danger of a secondary hit.
Your actions following a motorcycle accident are of utmost importance, and they can impact your physical and financial future. If you are ever in a wreck, our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys recommend you take the following steps:
- Get out of harm’s way: Your safety should be your priority. If you are in a location with heavy traffic, get out of the street. However, if you know you are injured, don’t make any movements that might aggravate that injury. For instance, if you suspect your leg is broken, don’t walk on it. If you suspect you’ve suffered a back, neck, or head injury, don’t move and don’t remove your helmet.
- Call 911: Calling 911 will bring paramedics and police to the scene. The paramedics can assess your condition, and the police will write up an accident report. If you are unable to call 911 yourself (i.e., if your hand is injured, or your cellphone was broken in the accident) ask someone nearby to call for you.
- Seek medical attention: It is highly unlikely that you will endure a motorcycle crash and be completely uninjured. Even if you think you’re okay, or that your injuries are trivial, you should still be seen by a doctor. A doctor can detect internal damage that you may be unaware of, and can order an X-ray or MRI to confirm an injury. Prompt treatment can reduce your recovery time, and if you end up seeking compensation for your medical bills, it is important to have documented evidence of the extent of your injuries.
- Contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney: While your insurance or the other driver’s insurance company may cover some of your medical bills, chances are they won’t cover them completely. Insurance will not cover long-term care or lost wages from the work your crash has caused you to miss. To recover for such losses, you’ll need to take civil action. This is why it is vital that you consult with a lawyer before you speak to any insurance company, either yours or the other driver’s.
Our legal team at Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation, believes in justice and fighting fair. We will take a personal interest in your case and will provide you with the aggressive representation you need to get the compensation you deserve. Call our Encino office for a FREE case evaluation by dialing (888) 355-5552 today. And if you’re too hurt to come to us, we’ll come to you.
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