If you ever fall victim to a careless driver on a Texas roadway and are involved in a motorcycle crash, there are steps you can take to protect your rights as an accident victim.
In 2017, over 500 people died in a motorcycle accident. If you have been struck, there are certain steps you need to take to protect your right to compensation. For example, remember to do the following.
CALL THE POLICE
A responding police officer should come out and write a police report on the accident. This report will contain helpful information, such as the date, time, and location of the crash. The report should also identify who was involved in the crash as well as any witnesses.
The police officer might also determine who is at fault for the collision. The police officer’s determination is not the final say, because he or she might lack all the information necessary. However, it is a good jumping off point for beginning your own investigation.
ASK FOR INSURANCE INFORMATION
In Texas, the person responsible for the crash pays compensation to those who are injured. After the crash, swap your insurance information with any driver involved in the crash.
TAKE PICTURES OF THE ACCIDENT
Pictures are definitely worth a thousand words. If you can get up and move around, take a picture of your motorcycle and the vehicle that hit you.
Ideally, you can get pictures before the vehicles are moved to the side of the road. These pictures will show what the crash scene looked like in the immediate aftermath.
Photographic evidence helps establish:
- Who hit who
- Where you were hit
- The seriousness of the collision
- Any hazards that might have contributed to the accident, such as potholes or hidden stop signs
You can use your smartphone to take pictures or ask someone else to take them. Of course, you might be in a lot of pain and be unable to move around, in which case you should ask someone else to take the pictures for you.
AVOID SAYING ANYTHING TO THE OTHER DRIVER
After a crash, you and the vehicle that hit you might disagree about who was responsible for the crash.
For example, a driver that rear-ended you might claim you did not use a turn signal, so the driver did not know to stop. You might be 100% sure you used your turn signal and that the driver struck you because he was distracted.
Liability will impact who pays compensation for the accident, so you do not want to say anything that might hamstring your case.
Something as small as a simple apology can be used against you to show you are taking responsibility for the crash. Instead of engaging in small talk, stand to the side of the road and wait for the police officer to arrive.
RECEIVE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL TREATMENT
It is no secret that motorcycle accidents can cause devastating injuries. Many bikers end up paralyzed or in incredible pain. All they can do is wait for the ambulance to arrive.
Even if you are feeling okay after a crash, you need to go to the hospital or doctor right away. Some injuries are slow to develop, but prompt medical treatment can give you a good chance of recovery. Remember to follow your doctor’s advice so that you do not make your injuries worse.