Written by Keith V. Trantolo
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You followed all traffic signals, looked both ways, but that car came out of nowhere. Collisions between cars and motorcycles happen, but as you’re more exposed on a two-wheeled vehicle, you’re more susceptible to serious injuries.
In this event, here’s what to do:
1. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY
During an accident, you may have experienced road rash, broken bones, or head injuries. Detecting and treating them requires a skilled professional, so get medical attention as soon as possible.
2. START A CLAIM WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
After you seek medical attention, contact your insurance company to report the accident and any injuries, and to open up a claim. However, at this point, don’t speak with or sign any documents from the other driver’s insurance carrier.
3. PUT TOGETHER DETAILS
Part of starting a claim, and eventually working on a case with a lawyer, involves putting together the scene of the accident. What happened, down to the details, is especially important. Whether you’re remembering it, have pictures from the scene, or get statements from bystanders, try to piece together:
- Which lane you traveled in.
- The weather that day.
- The time of the accident.
- What the traffic flow was like.
- Which equipment you had on.
- Any clothing you were wearing.
- Damage done to your vehicle.
- All injuries you sustained.
In taking pictures, make sure to get shots of your vehicle, your injuries, and the scene from multiple angles.
4. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TREATMENT
Insurance companies expect you to follow through with a treatment plan, and should your claim go to court, following the doctor’s advice – or ignoring it – could later be used as evidence.
As you recover, make sure to document:
- Your treatment program.
- Any medications, with all dosages.
- All doctors’ visits.
- Any rehabilitation to recover from injuries.
- How you feel, and if and how your injuries affect your daily activities.
5. WORK WITH A LAWYER
Unfortunately, as many riders find, the insurance company low-balls your compensation, claims your injuries aren’t as severe as they actually are, and then says you’re partially at fault. Instead, to get fair compensation, start a claim with Trantolo & Trantolo.
We’re not just motorcycle lawyers. While we’ve represented many motorcyclists in court, our staff includes several individuals who ride. This gives us direct insight into how the vehicle works, potential hazards and injuries, and what you’re going through.
If you think you have a claim, contact any of our Connecticut locations today to speak with an experienced motorcycle attorney.