If you have the misfortune to be involved in an accident on a Texas highway—whether an Interstate or a Farm to Market Road—you’ll need to be clear-headed about what to do in an emergency. Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries that can make it difficult for you to describe the accident from your point of view right after it happens.
To help you know what to do after a Texas motorcycle accident, our team of motorcycle lawyers at The Law Tigers provides some guidance to enable you to protect your right to compensation for your injuries and damage to your motorcycle.
Check for Injuries and Seek Medical Attention
If you or a passenger should suffer severe injuries in a motorcycle accident, call for help immediately to get medical treatment. Try not to move if you believe you have sustained injuries to your head, neck, or spine.
If your injuries are less severe and you can move and speak without pain, check on other parties involved for injuries, then call 911 and report the accident to the police. Request an officer to the scene to file a police report. Additionally, if the other parties need immediate treatment for their injuries, request an ambulance to the scene.
Take Photos of the Scene
While you wait for the police or an ambulance, take photos of the scene. Focus on injuries, property damage to vehicles, skid marks that show attempts to brake before the crash, road debris like shattered headlight pieces or tire pieces, and marks on curbs or damaged bushes or signposts near the road.
If you should need to go to court to get compensation for your injuries, photographic evidence will help your motorcycle accident attorney build a compelling case for your claim.
Get Witness Contact Information and Statements
Did anyone see the accident? A third-party account by anyone who saw the accident can help identify fault in the police reports and an insurance claim. Be sure to get names and contact numbers.
If passengers in any of the involved vehicles can recount their point of view of the accident, your lawyer will need to collect their statements. Their accounts can also be extremely helpful in building a complete re-enactment of the accident.
File the Police Report and Request a Copy
When the police arrive at the scene, they will take pictures of the scene, as well as take statements from you and other involved parties. Witnesses to the accident may have to leave prior to the arrival of the police.. Give the officers any witness contact information you collected and request a copy of the police reports from your accident.
It will probably take some time to complete the police report. Ask the officers at the scene when you can expect to receive your copy of the report. Usually, it will take a day or two to complete all the paperwork for their report.
Find Legal Representation with a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Call us at The Law Tigers for a motorcycle accident attorney in your area in Texas. A knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney knows how to build a sequence of events from the evidence to show:
● How you attempted to avoid an accident
● How you used your training and experience to reduce the impact and injuries from the accident
● How your helmet and other safety gear protected you during the accident
In most courtrooms, the jury will have no motorcycle riders. Many drivers of other vehicles mistakenly believe that the biker is always at fault in motorcycle accidents. Hiring a motorcycle accident attorney who also rides, like our Law Tigers, can help you navigate the complex process of seeking compensation for your medical treatment and bike damage after a motorcycle accident.
Call Us at Law Tigers for Motorcycle Law in Texas
At Law Tigers, we’re attorneys who ride. We represent bikers across the U.S. after accidents. Call us today for a free case evaluation at 1-888-863-7216. Be sure to sign up for your free rider benefit card.