The best advice I was ever given when I began riding a motorcycle was “ride as if you are invisible.” This means ride defensively because many drivers do not see motorcycles, even when it is sunny and clear on the roads. Some people believe that all motorcyclists are “risk-takers” and drive at high speeds, swerving around traffic and disregarding traffic laws. Such people are more likely to blame the motorcyclist for causing an accident. Just like in every group, a few “bad apples” can give the rest a bad name, because the vast majority of motorcycle enthusiasts obey traffic laws and practice safe driving. Your attorneys at Spigelman & Cecere, LLC are here to make sure that insurance companies understand the truth of what occurred during a motorcycle accident. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, contact our attorneys at Spigelman & Cecere, LLC in Rockville, Maryland for a free consultation as soon as possible so that you have an advocate and a fighter to protect your rights and secure a just compensation.
Unlike a driver in a car, a motorcyclist is not protected from an impact. If you were in an accident and you were not wearing a helmet, you may still file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver. Not wearing a helmet or protective gear may influence the compensation you’re able to recover. In most jurisdictions, the law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet.
If you are in a motorcycle accident, here are some tips on what to do:
- Make sure you are in a safe, well-lit area and call the police.
- Inform the dispatcher if you are injured so that they can send an ambulance. While ambulance bills may cause alarm, your health and safety should be your number one priority.
- Make sure to collect relevant information regarding the driver and the accident. This includes the driver’s name, address, phone number, license plate number, and car insurance information and photographs Take photographs of the other driver’s license, insurance card and registration card.
- Take photographs of all damage to your motorcycle, as well as the other driver’s vehicle, including the license plate.
- Take photographs and/or movies of the area of the accident.
- If there are eyewitnesses, obtain their name and contact information. Obtain or take photographs of their business card(s) if possible.
- If police come to the scene, write down or record the officer’s name, badge number, telephone number and police department. Obtain the accident report number if a report is prepared.
- Inform your insurance company that you were in a car accident and open a claim with your PIP or medical benefits coverage (if you are a DC resident be sure to speak with your lawyers at Spigelman & Cecere, LLC before opening a PIP claim since this may affect you right to later claim against the wrongdoing party). Do NOT go into details about your accident or injuries with the driver’s insurance company and do NOT provide a recorded statement. Refer the insurance company to your lawyers at Spigelman & Cecere, LLC in Rockville, Maryland. (Please remember to be polite to all customer service employees – they are just doing their job).
- Seek medical care for your injuries; report all pains and problems you are experiencing to your healthcare providers; and treat until your injuries have resolved and/or you are released from care by your healthcare providers. Not sure where to go for treatment? We can refer to you to the appropriate healthcare providers, if needed.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Spigelman & Cecere, LLC for a free consultation directly with our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Rockville, Maryland by calling us at (301) 948-6363. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. The specifics of your case will help to evaluate the amount of compensation you are owed. Get help today from Spigelman & Cecere, LLC for your motorcycle accident.