If you’re hurt in a motorcycle accident, what you do at the scene and after can have a big impact on an insurance company or jury evaluates your personal injury claim. Here’s what you should do if you’re injured in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina.
At The Scene of the Accident
Call an ambulance to the scene if you or anyone else has been injured and needs immediate medical attention. Then call the police to the scene. Be honest with the investigating officer but be careful to not concede fault because a full investigation has not been completed at that time.
Take photos of the aftermath of the accident and record your memories of what happened before you forget. If possible, ask witnesses for their names and contact information so they can provide statements later if needed.
Hire an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents are different from car accidents in a few important ways. One difference is that motorcycle riders are more likely to suffer severe bodily injury, like severed limbs, road rash, facial disfigurement, spinal injuries, and TBI, because they don’t have the protection of a car or truck. These injuries may result in long recovery times or even permanent disability. A motorcycle accident attorney can help you get medical bills and other expenses covered if the accident wasn’t your fault.
Another important difference is that there is often an unspoken bias against motorcycle riders. Insurance companies may try to settle for less than you rightfully deserve, and if the issue goes to court, the jury may be less sympathetic because motorcycle riders are often viewed as reckless on the road. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will understand how to counter these common objections and build a stronger case to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to.
Keep Close Track of Your Medical Issues and Treatment
Starting on the day of the accident, keep meticulous records on all symptoms you notice and the steps you take to treat them. It’s important to understand exactly how the accident affected your health, your employment, and your life as your attorney builds your case.
Finally, don’t be too quick to settle with the insurance company. Keep in mind that some injuries, including TBI and whiplash, can take time to show up after an accident. If you settle too quickly, these injuries may not be covered.
Talk to the Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of The Carolina Law Group Today
If you’ve recently been in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina, and especially if you’ve been injured, contact the personal injury attorneys at The Carolina Law Group. They have experience handling motorcycle accident cases and understand how to build a powerful case and fight for your rights. Call one of the numbers below or fill out this contact form to schedule a free consultation.
The Carolina Law Group has four offices in upstate South Carolina for your convenience: Greenville (principal office; call 864.312.4444), West Greenville (864.312.4444), Greer (principal office; call 864.757.5555), and Spartanburg (principal office; call 864.757.5555). Call today.