All accidents are unsettling, but an accident caused by a drunk driver can be especially so. If you’re not sure how to act after your motorcycle is hit by a drunk driver, take the steps outlined in this article.
The events leading up to your accident were out of your control. But what happens next is not. Here’s what you should do to protect yourself and support your own best interests.
Stay at the Scene
If you are tempted to leave the devastating scene, no one will blame you for feeling that way. But it is very important that you remain in the area (unless staying would put you in further danger).
The best way to handle the event at the scene is to call 911 immediately. If you are unable to, ask a witness to make the call for you. Filing a police report will help you document the event for legal purposes.
Further Document the Event
After you have received medical care, take some time to further document the scene. You should take pictures of the damage to your bike, your injuries, and any damage to the other driver’s vehicle.
Talk to Witnesses
Before you go, make sure to interview any witnesses to the incident. If you don’t have the time or wherewithal to talk at the scene, grab their contact information so you can question them later on.
These are the types of questions you (or your attorney) will want to ask:
- Which lane was each vehicle in?
- Did either vehicle attempt to slow down or swerve to avoid a crash?
- About how fast was each vehicle moving?
- Where were you at the time of the accident?
Gaining a third-party perspective can greatly aid your case during settlement meetings or during a jury trial in a courtroom.
Make Copies of Your Economic Damages
After you make it home and start on the path to recovery, you’ll need to keep careful records of your medical, vehicle repair, and other bills. This will help you establish just how much the drunk driving accident has cost you. You may even do further research like checking establishments nearby which may be responsible for the drunk driver‘s intoxication.
Call an Attorney
Always call an attorney after an accident, especially if that accident involves a drunk driver. The attorneys at the Harlan Law Firm are highly experienced in this area of law and will ensure that your rights and interests are represented. Contact us today to learn more.