I Just Got into a Motorcycle Accident — Now What?

- Charles Argento

People choose to drive motorcycles over traditional cars for a variety of reasons – the thrill of adventure, the ease of commuting, increased fuel efficiency, or simply as a way to get more in touch with the environment.

Unfortunately, accidents involving motorcycles occur here in Texas and around the world every single day. It can be a scary moment to find oneself involved in a motorcycle accident – regardless of the accident severity – and it may be challenging to know which actions to pursue first. The moves you make in the critical moments and days after your accident can make a huge impact later on the amount of damages you may be able to recover in your case.

Actions to Take If You Get in a Motorcycle Accident

  • Don’t panic. It’s important to stay calm so you can carefully assess the situation. Get immediate medical help if you are injured
  • Observe and record. It will likely be extremely important in the future to get an accurate and complete picture of your accident. Take notes on all the details you remember as soon as possible while the incident is still fresh in your head – the time of the accident, location where it occurred, where you were driving to and from, the weather conditions of the day, the road conditions, any abnormalities you experienced with your motorcycle, and a step-by-step account of the accident itself. Make sure you store this account where you will be able to easily locate it later
  • Document your injuries. In addition to seeking medical care to treat your injuries, you should also document any injuries you sustained for your own records. This means both writing down any symptoms you experience and taking photographs of any and all visible injuries. Try to take these photographs as soon as possible after the accident. Keep a log of all your treatments and medical bills as well
  • Photograph the scene. When you are able, return to the location of the accident to take photographs of the area from multiple different angles. Try to time your scene visit around the approximate same time of day and same day of the week as your accident to most accurately capture similar conditions

Consult a professional about your case and your potential recovery. The attorneys at the law firm of Charles J. Argento invite you to contact us today for a free legal consultation online or by phone toll free at (713) 225-5050. We speak both English and Spanish.