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After a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical help as soon as possible. Even if you don’t think your injuries are severe, some may not show symptoms until days after your accident. A professional healthcare provider can evaluate your condition and help treat and document your injuries.
In addition to getting the medical help you need, there are five steps you should take after a motorcycle accident to help strengthen your injury claim:
- Notify Your Insurance Company.
Report your motorcycle accident to your insurance company soon after it happens. Avoid speaking to the other driver’s insurance company and don’t sign any documents from them, as these actions can affect your ability to collect the compensation you’re owed.
- Write Down the Details of Your Accident.
It’s important to document everything you know about your accident as soon as possible. Life moves fast, and details can become unclear over time. Be sure to include specific information, such as:
- descriptions of vehicles involved,
- protective gear you were wearing,
- time of day,
- traffic flow,
- weather conditions,
- your lane of travel,
- and any other details that may help prove your case.
- Take Pictures of Your Injuries.
Photographs can help paint a picture of how your accident happened. If your doctor didn’t photograph your injuries, make sure to photograph them yourself.
- Document Your Recovery and Treatment.
Motorcycle accident claims help victims like you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Keeping track of your recovery and treatment will help show how your accident affected your life. Document the doctor visits you attend, the medications you’re taking and their dosage amounts, and any other treatments or rehabilitation you receive while recovering.
- Get an Experienced Ohio Motorcycle Accident Lawyer.
Contact the Ohio motorcycle lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy today—call (888) 900-6075 or fill out a free initial consultation form. We know how to protect your legal rights after a motorcycle accident, and we’ll work hard to gather the evidence needed to file a strong claim on your behalf.