While driving your motorcycle, you feel that life couldn't be better. The air in your hair and the sunshine on your skin make you feel as though you don't have a care in the world. But things quickly take a turn for the worse when a car collides with your motorcycle out of nowhere.
A motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania can quickly lead to serious injuries. Unfortunately, in addition to resulting in physical injuries, the motorcycle crash can lead to emotional scars and financial troubles as well. A few tips can help you to protect yourself legally immediately after this type of car accident.
Following a motorcycle accident, seeking medical help is naturally your first priority if you and/or someone else has been injured in the collision. However, contacting the police is the second-most important step. Police can file a report for you regarding the accident. Getting the name and badge number of the officer who shows up at the accident scene can be helpful just in case you need this later.
Getting the name and other personal information of the driver who hit you is essential as well. This other personal information includes the party's license plate number, insurance information and driver's license number.
While speaking with this driver, not admitting fault to him or her is critical. For instance, you may be tempted to apologize for running a stop sign as you attempt to make cordial conversation with the other driver, but this may be taken as an admission of guilt from a legal standpoint and could, therefore, hurt your case if you decide to sue the driver.
Filing a claim
It is within your rights to file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused your motorcycle crash, seeking the reimbursement of damages. Competent proof of negligence is necessary to establish liability before the Pennsylvania civil court hearing your injury case.
Although a monetary damage award in a successfully fought case cannot undo the events leading to your crash-related injuries, it may help you to address your medical bills and even the loss of wages if you are unable to go back to work for a long period of time due to your injuries. Monetary damages may also help with addressing the pain and suffering resulting from the wreck.