You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries from the motorist’s insurance company. Here are five steps you should take right away to protect your rights and help prove your case.
#1 Contact the Police
You should call the police at the crash scene and tell them of your concerns that the driver was drunk. As part of their investigation, they will look for evidence of intoxication and may conduct a field sobriety test or have the person submit to a breathalyzer test. They will also write a police report that will contain helpful information, such as who caused the wreck and whether the other driver was issued a traffic citation or arrested for DUI.
#2: Get Prompt Medical Care
You should be examined by a doctor within 72 hours of your crash—even if you do not believe you were hurt. This will protect your health if you suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other hidden injuries. It will also help you avoid disputes with the drunk driver’s insurance company about the cause of and seriousness of your injuries.
#3: Take Pictures
You should take pictures with your cellphone camera while waiting for the police to arrive. You should obtain photos of the following:
- Damage to the vehicle that struck you and your motorcycle
- Weather and road conditions
- Your injuries
- Anything else that you believe will be helpful to your claim
#4: Obtain Contact Information
You will need the contact information of the drunk driver and their insurance company so that you can file a claim. You should also obtain this information for any witnesses to your collision. Their statements can help you prove that the other driver was drunk and how this caused your motorcycle accident.
#5: Retain an Attorney
You should hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your collision. They will collect the evidence you need, value your claim, and go up against the insurance company so that you receive all the compensation you deserve in your settlement.
At Tavss Fletcher, we have decades of experience fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims. To learn how we can assist you, fill out our convenient online form to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.