Car vs. Motorcycle: What to Do After a Collision

Car vs. Motorcycle: What to Do After a Collision

There is nothing a motorcycle enthusiast loves more than putting on a helmet and answering the wild call to adventure. However, the open road isn’t always free of danger, and when accidents happen they usually lead to devastating injuries and tragic rider fatalities. This is greatly because motorcycles lack built-in safety features or external protection options. When a motorcycle and a car collide, the only defense the rider has is any protective gear they are wearing.

When it comes to potential road hazards, cars represent the greatest threat to motorcycle riders. In fact, statistics reveal that there are at least 5 motorcycle accidents a day in South Carolina. If you’re ever injured in a car collision, your lawsuit may depend on you following certain procedures during the immediate aftermath.

Here are 6 important steps you must follow if you want to file an effective claim:

  1. Call 911: The first step you must take after an accident is to call 911. When emergency services and law enforcement arrive, do everything in your power to be cooperative without downplaying your injuries or admitting fault. The police report can be used as evidence in your personal injury lawsuit.  
  2. Collect information: If you have the opportunity, exchange information with the driver and gather witness phone numbers and testimonials.
  3. Take color photographs: Before the accident scene gets cleared away, be sure to take colored photographs of both vehicles, the surrounding area, your injuries, and any road defects or circumstantial conditions that may have contributed to the accident.
  4. Seek medical treatment: It’s important to seek medical assistance as soon as the collision occurs. Many injuries may not be immediately apparent to the untrained eye, and a doctor can ascertain if you require specific medical treatments. Plus, if you’re planning on filing a personal injury claim, your case may hinge on you visiting the doctor within 7 days. Your medical record can serve as essential evidence in your case and prove to the rival insurance company that you took the appropriate steps to seek medical assistance.
  5. Contact a personal injury attorney and report the accident to your insurance company: Retain a lawyer before you file your claim or discuss information with any insurance companies. Effective legal representation can guide you through this complicated legal process and help you pursue maximum damages. Your lawyer can negotiate with both insurance companies on your behalf and ensure the validity of your claim.
  6. Compile records and receipts: To secure the financial damages you require, you must assemble copies of any records and receipts relating to your accident. This includes the initial police report, your medical records, and any hospital receipts.  

The statute of limitations in South Carolina allows plaintiffs 3 years to file a personal injury claim. While this countdown starts on the day of the collision, certain legal exceptions do exist that may extend the time period depending on case-by-case circumstances. Regardless, it’s important to seek legal guidance and explore your legal options with a lawyer. This is particularly essential if you don’t want to accept an underwhelming insurance company settlement or accidentally sabotage the validity of your overall lawsuit.

Retain Dependable Legal Representation

Contact Pierce, Sloan, Wilson, Kennedy & Early LLC if you require legal representation after a car collision. Our trial-tested Charleston motorcycle accident attorneys have a proven record of success when it comes to recovering damages for our clients. When you hire our firm, our legal team can investigate your case, compile evidence, and develop a customized case strategy that aims to recover maximum compensation.

We work on a contingency fee basis. Contact Pierce, Sloan, Wilson, Kennedy & Early LLC at (843) 968-0886 to schedule a consultation.

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