5 Common Mistakes to Avoid after a Motorcycle Accident
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, the aftermath can be hard. You are full of adrenaline, potentially confused, possibly concussed, and unsure what to do next. In the fast-paced scene after your accident, it’s easy to be swept along to do things as others direct you. Unfortunately, this can get you into trouble for your case.
Denver motorcycle accident attorney Brian Pushchak wants to ensure a fair outcome in every motorcycle accident case. He wants to make sure you don’t suffer unnecessarily from simple mistakes you can avoid. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, please don’t make these mistakes:
- Not Seeing a Doctor Right Away
- Not Contacting a Lawyer Soon Enough
- Saying Too Much at the Scene
- Destroying Evidence
- Not Following up with Medical Treatment
See a Doctor Right Away
After your motorcycle accident, it is critical that you see a doctor immediately. Your injuries might be more serious than you know. Adrenaline and shock might mask the severity of some injuries, while others may mature over time. Getting treatment right away can help you avoid dangerous, disabling, or even deadly complications later.
Plus, seeing a doctor right away will help document your injuries in case you want to pursue compensation later.
Not Contacting a Lawyer Soon Enough
Right after seeing a doctor, your next move should be to contact a lawyer. Just as your physical injuries could be more serious than you think, your legal situation might be worse than you imagine. You need to protect your rights in case you do turn out to have serious injuries that might keep you from working and saddle you with costly medical bills.
Denver motorcycle accident attorney Brian Pushchak offers free initial consultations for motorcycle accident victims, and he’s paid on a contingency fee basis, so there’s no cost to talking with him. At worst, you get some free advice from someone who’s dealt with this situation before. You might also find legal counsel that will protect your home, livelihood, and family.
Saying Too Much at the Scene
We understand that you want to be cooperative, helpful, and compassionate of others at the scene of the accident. However, it’s also important that you not say anything that could damage your potential case.
If you are asked to give a statement by the police, you should give one. However, stick to the bare facts of the accident as you saw it. Don’t talk about your thoughts or feelings, and don’t speculate on the thoughts, feelings, or intents of other drivers.
Most importantly, never admit fault at the scene of the accident – either to the other driver or to a police officer who arrives to fill out an accident report. Admitting fault may potentially jeopardize your ability to recover compensation if a future motorcycle accident lawsuit.
Any evidence could help you get compensation for your injuries after an accident. It’s hard to know at the beginning of a case what evidence will actually make the difference between winning and losing your case, and in the amount of compensation you receive. So, it’s vital to never destroy evidence before it’s been documented by a lawyer.
Therefore, you shouldn’t repair your motorcycle, throw out your helmet, mend or discard clothes, or get rid of anything that was damaged in the accident until cleared to do so by Mr. Pushchak.
Not Following up with Medical Treatment
Just as it’s vital to get medical treatment right away, it’s critical to follow up with care later. A doctor will want to monitor the progression of your injuries to determine whether you are recovering or potentially worsening. In the case of disability, a doctor will need to evaluate just how much function you might recover.
Even if you think you’re doing fine, a doctor’s opinion can help.
Let Pushchak Law Help After Your Motorcycle Accident
Without experience in motorcycle accidents, these mistakes are just the tip of the iceberg that can sink your hopes for compensation. Experienced Denver motorcycle accident attorney Brian Pushchak can help you navigate the uncertain waters after your accident.
With our Informed Decisions™ approach, we give you all the information you need to understand your options so you can choose the one that’s best for you. We will listen to your goals, so we help you make the decisions that help you take care of what matters most to you. And we are personally available to you if questions or concerns come up at any time.
To learn how Pushchak Law can help after your motorcycle accident, please call 303-372-6145 or use our online contact form today.
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