Riding a motorcycle is never safe, but it is significantly more dangerous in certain places. Unfortunately, South Carolina has been named as one of the nation’s most dangerous states for motorcycle riders. Unaccommodating roads, distracted motorists, and high accident rates put motorcyclists at a higher risk of being in an accident in the Palmetto State.
If you have the misfortune of being involved in a motorcycle crash, it is essential that you understand the implications of your accident and take strategic actions after the incident in order to give yourself the most comprehensive legal protections.
Immediately After the Crash
If you are conscious and physically able after your crash, get off the roadway, assess your physical condition, and exchange contact and insurance information with the other drivers involved. Try your best to take mental notes of your surroundings and the specifics of the crash, or call someone and describe everything to them so they can jot it all down. If possible, talk to witnesses and gather their contact information. Use your phone to take pictures so that the immediate condition of all the bikes and vehicles involved is captured.
The police will arrive to assess the accident, but be very careful what you say. You’ll likely be nervous and upset after an accident, and misspeaking in a statement or admitting fault when you aren’t to blame for the crash can lead to serious consequences down the road. Even a simple statement like “I’m okay” can be used against you later if you ever do develop health problems as a result of the accident and need to pursue compensation.
Coping with the Aftermath
As soon as things have settled down from the scene of your accident, contact your insurance company. Your insurance agent will work with you to obtain all necessary information regarding the crash. While some insurance claims go smoothly and everything can be resolved without trouble, many motorcyclists find that the aftermath of a crash is just as difficult as the crash itself.
In the days that follow, you may find that your insurance company denies your claim, another person in the accident is wrongly accusing you of fault, your damages have added up to more than your insurance coverage, or even that you have severe injuries as a result of the accident. If any of these situations become your reality, you need a personal injury to fight for the compensation that you deserve.
If your motorcycle accident occurred due to someone else’s negligence, you can call (843) 279-2510 for a consultation with the Law Offices of N. David DuRant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Attorney DuRant will help you fight greedy insurance companies and prove your damages in order to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation possible.