The winding Missouri roads are a destination for many motorcycle riders. Unfortunately the very things that make Missouri such an appealing place to ride a motorcycle also create more danger. On a motorcycle you are never as visible to other cars and the era of the distracted driver makes this even more of an issue. When a Missouri motorcycle accident does happen have a greater risk serious or catastrophic injuries that can change your quality of life forever.
If you are the victim in a negligent driver you may be asking what to do after a Missouri motorcycle accident to maximize the recovery from the at fault driver. Here are a few things to do:
Call the police, briefly exchange contact information of the driver and any witnesses. Getting the police on scene as quickly as possible is important. They will document what happened, which will be crucial to your insurance claim.
You need the contact information for the person who hit you and any witnesses who saw what happened during the crash.
Do not get into an argument with the driver. Just wait for the police. Also count on anything you say to the driver regarding your injuries being told to his or her insurance company.
Use your camera phone to document the scene. Get the pictures printed and put them in a safe place. Technology fails and phones get lost or stolen. You cannot take too many pictures.
Save your damaged parts, helmet and clothing etc. as is (don’t wash or repair them).
Seek medical care. Post accident adrenaline may reduce the pain you feel initially. After a Missouri motorcycle crash you may be hurt and need medical attention and not realize it initially. Do not wait to go to the doctor. Waiting for treatment can cause additional injury and the at fault driver’s insurance company adjuster to question your damages.
Follow your doctors’ orders on future appointments and physical therapy. Nothing says to an insurance adjuster “don’t pay” more than not going to prescribed medical treatment or no showing doctor appointments.
Call a Missouri motorcycle accident attorney. The sooner the better.
Speak only with your attorney. Once you have legal representation, it is important to only speak to your attorney about anything related to the accident. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact us for a free consultation at 816-400-4878.