What Should I Do After My Motorcycle Accident In Louisiana?
What happens in the first 24 hours after a motorcycle accident in New Orleans, Louisiana can be critical to your case.
- Evidence gets lost or destroyed
- Witnesses start to disappear o
- Reconstruction of the accident gets more difficult
- Smears, un-truths or mis-representations of the facts get put into circulation
When you have an accident, it’s important that you take certain steps to protect yourself.
- The first and most important thing to do after a motorcycle accident is to call the police and seek medical attention. A medical professional should evaluate your condition and treat you immediately after the accident.
- Get the name, detailed contact information, driver’s license numbers, insurance information and vehicle description from all the drivers involved after a motorcycle accident. If you are unable to do this, ask someone to help you.
- After a motorcycle accident look for any witnesses who were on foot or in other vehicles and get detailed contact information from them, including their names, addresses, phone numbers, employers’ names, work numbers, and email addresses. Again, if you are unable to do this, ask someone to help you, even the police officer or emergency personnel on the scene.
- Talk to a lawyer who focuses on motorcycle accident cases as soon as possible. The sooner you do, the easier it will be to preserve the facts of the case. A good lawyer will respond immediately by visiting the scene, interviewing witnesses, and taking photographs. This will preserve any evidence related to what happened. It’s important to record the details of the accident while they are fresh in everyone’s minds.
- Protect yourself after a motorcycle accident by refraining from talking to anyone except for law enforcement officers about the case until you consult your lawyer. That includes other lawyers, witnesses and even your insurance company. When you do speak to law enforcement officers, stick to the facts.
You are not required by law to give a statement to any insurance company, whether it’s another driver’s insurance company or your own.
When they talk to you, insurance companies are looking for information that will help reduce the amount of money they will reimburse you for your accident.
NOTE: Statements you make to the insurance company can be used to deny your claim!
Although insurance is necessary for your protection, insurance companies are in the business of reducing costs and not helping you in a time of need. Our advice is do NOT talk to your insurance agent until you have talked with an attorney.