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10 Steps Following a Motorcycle Wreck

Colorado's motorcycle accident attorney Mack Babcock understands how to get you the compensation you deserve

Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience! In the beautiful state of Colorado, many enjoy cruising around our scenic mountain roads on their chopper. However, driving such a vehicle can also be incredibly dangerous when a mistake is made by either a rider or nearby vehicle.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were approximately 8.4 million motorcycles on the road in 2013. That year in the United States alone, it was reported that 4,668 people lost their lives due to a motorcycle crash and 88,000 were injured. The U.S. government estimates that based on per mile traveled, a person on a motorcycle is 26 times more likely to be killed in the event of an accident than someone in a car.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or death in the wake of a Colorado motorcycle accident, it is necessary you understand the following steps to take in the unfortunate event that such a tragic accident occurs.

On-the-Scene:

Step #1: Immediately call for help.  The authorities should be contacted as soon as the accident occurs. Do not move the motorcycle. If you are able to move, carefully remove yourself out of danger from the oncoming traffic if necessary.

Step #2: Get the police report. Make sure you get a copy of the official crash report from the responding police officer. It will have several important pieces information for you, including the name of the other individuals who were also involved in the collision and the name of their insurance provider.

Step #3: Gather witness information. Seek out eyewitnesses before you leave the accident scene if possible.  Witnesses are an important part of any auto accident case because they can testify to exactly what happened and help support your case. Gather their contact information as quickly as you can.

Step #4: Take photographs. Take as many pictures of the crash scene as you can with your cell phone or camera. If you do not have one or it was damaged during the accident, get someone else on the scene to take photos for you.  Try to take shots from all angles so that you can show exactly what happened. 

After the Accident:

Step #5: Notify your insurance company. Call your insurer and let them know about the accident as soon as possible following an accident so that they can start doing what they need to do on their end.

Step #6: Seek medical attention. If you feel you are injured in any way, you should seek immediate medical attention. Plaintiffs in an auto accident case will find it much more difficult to come back a month later and say that they were injured after all.

Step #7: Follow up with doctors. You must follow up with any medical appointments after your accident. If you do not, then the insurance company may try to blame a health condition on a gap in treatment and say that you did not do what you were instructed to do by a doctor.

Step #8: Don't talk with other drivers' insurance company. Insurers are always looking out for their bottom line and not your best interests. No matter what you say to them, they may be able to twist the story around and get out of payment. Also, the adjustor may try to buy you out with a cheap settlement. Leave this part to an experienced Colorado attorney.

Step #9: Save and collect all documents.  Gather and organize all relevant information you may need to prepare for a possible case, including report documents, witness information, medical information and any other necessary documentation.

Step #10: Contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.  Don't try to handle this stressful situation alone. Find a legal professional like R. Mack Babcock who is highly familiar with all aspects of a lawsuit regarding motorcycle accidents.

R. Mack Babcock and associates at Denver's Babcock Law Firm skillfully assist motorcycle riders and their families obtain compensation for accident injury or fatality. Motorcycle collision cases drastically differ from standard auto accident cases, which is why talking to a lawyer who truly understands these differences is so essential.

It's important that you not delay – insurance companies will move quickly with their own investigations. Contact The Babcock Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Colorado motorcycle accident attorney.  We will fight for you and ensure that you receive a settlement commensurate with the level of injury you or a loved one sustained at the hands of a negligent driver.

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While the Babcock Law Firm tirelessly works to obtain successful outcomes for its clients, prior positive outcomes are no guarantee of future success. Indicating prior positive results is in no way intended to guarantee future results.

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