Being in a motorcycle accident is stressful, even when damage is minor. This stress is compounded by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which makes taking the proper steps after an accident a bit more challenging. Here are some things you can do to ensure you’re protected, while also building your accident case if you are the victim of another driver’s negligence.
1. Seek Medical Attention
Collisions are often far more injurious to motorcyclists than to drivers of passenger vehicles due to the lack of protection. With serious injuries, emergency medical attention must be sought immediately. However, even minor injuries can have lasting consequences, so it’s recommended that you visit your primary care physician after the accident for a check-up.
2. Contact the Police
If there are no injuries, the police should still be called to the scene. In some cases, filing a police report is mandatory in New Mexico, such as when there is more than $500 worth of property damage involved. Calling the police will also benefit you when following up on the accident with your insurance company. A police report establishes exactly what happened and can also help determine who was at fault. This information will be incredibly useful if your case goes to court.
3. Exchange Information from Other Drivers and Witnesses
All motorists involved in the accident should exchange names and insurance info. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you should strive to maintain social distancing if possible. If you have a mask, be sure to wear it when conversing with other drivers and any bystanders on the scene. You can also store information electronically on your mobile device, which limits contact between you and others.
4. Get in Touch With an Experienced Attorney
Depending on the severity of the accident, contacting an attorney may be in your best interest. This is the case when fault is disputed, you’ve sustained serious injuries, multiple drivers are involved, or the other driver is without the proper insurance coverage. Many law firms are offering virtual meetings these days, which allows you to receive reliable legal counsel from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Here at Hinkle Law Offices, LLC., we’re proud to support motorcyclists throughout Albuquerque who’ve been injured by the careless actions of others. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are well-versed in the rights afforded to motorcyclists, as well as the proper methods for calculating damages. A serious accident can leave you out of commission for quite a while, which means the compensation requested must meet all your needs.