Motorcycles are commonly seen on the roadways of Colorado. Not only are they a less expensive mode of transportation, a motorcycle can be easier to maneuver in traffic gridlock situations. Plus, Colorado boasts some of the most beautiful and scenic motorcycle routes in the entire country. Unfortunately, due to its lightweight and ergonomic design, motorcycles don’t offer their riders any protection when they are involved in an accident. In fact, motorcyclists that are involved in motor vehicle accidents typically suffer severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. When this occurs, it is important to know what steps to take after an accident because what you do following your accident will have a huge impact on your ability to collect compensation. Here’s what you shouldn’t do after a motorcycle accident:
#1: Don’t Delay Medical Treatment: Even if you don’t believe that you are injured, it is important to be seen by a medical professional. Soft tissue injuries and traumatic brain injuries can sometimes take hours and even days to become fully apparent and many cannot be diagnosed without an MRI or CT Scan. Never put off visiting the emergency room after you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident. Delay in treatment can exacerbate your injuries and set you up for chronic conditions.
#2: Don’t Speak: While you need to answer all police questions, avoid saying anything that could be taken as an admission of guilt. Never say “I’m Sorry” or “I Didn’t See Him”. Also, avoid speaking to insurance adjusters without first consulting with your attorney. Insurance adjusters are trained to trick you into saying things that can be used against you to limit their liability and reduce your claim.
#3 Don’t Post to Social Media: Avoid posting anything to social media about your accident or injuries. Also, don’t post pictures of yourself until you have spoken to your attorney. Insurance adjusters have often used innocent photos to prove that a motorcycle accident victim is not as injured as he or she claims to be.
#4 Don’t Rush to Repair Your Bike: It is important not to repair your bike immediately. The damage must be documented properly in order to establish liability and the amount of damage. Valuable evidence can be lost once the bike is repaired.
#5 Don’t Throw Away Receipts & Records: Keep records of all your expenses. This should include medical bills, doctor visits, repairs, and rental charges. It should also include mileage to and from hospitals or doctor’s visits, pharmacy expenses, and lost wages from missing work.
Contact Our Colorado Springs Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Colorado Springs, you need an experienced and skilled Colorado Springs motorcycle accident lawyer on your side from the very beginning. Contact the experienced Colorado Springs motorcycle accident attorneys at the Green Law Firm today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and discuss your case. Call us today at 1-719-694-8515.