So as to keep motorcyclists secure on the highways, each state has a range of rules and regulations that govern accountability in case of an accident. In Oklahoma, for example, a biker may obtain financial restitution for their injuries or property damages from the person that caused the crash — this is known as a “tort system.” It’s essential that you understand the steps you need to take to improve your chances of receiving fair and just compensation for a motorcycle accident.
Get medical attention
Injuries can vary greatly from minor cuts and bruises to traumatic brain injuries and paralysis. It’s vital that you seek prompt medical attention and document any physical or mental damage endured as a result of the crash.
If possible, photograph your bike, the scene of the accident, and other vehicles involved. Gather all witnesses’ contact information and be sure to get a copy of the police report. This information will assist your lawyer when it comes time to file a claim with the insurance company.
One important factor to remember while at the crash scene is to avoid saying or doing anything that would incriminate you. For example, apologizing for the accident, trying to take responsibility or making any kind of statement about fault or the cause of the crash.
File a claim
Your lawyer will guide you through the process of filing a personal injury or property damage claim with your own insurance company as well as the liable party’s insurer. In some cases, it is also possible to pursue a lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident.
Be aware of deadlines
All states impose a statute of limitations that restricts the amount of time parties have when filing a personal injury claim after motorcycle accidents. In Oklahoma, for instance, the deadline is two years. It’s important to know your deadlines and adhere to them or risk losing the ability to collect any compensation for damages.
Motorcycle accidents are complex and highly variable. Therefore, it’s necessary to understand your rights and how the law applies to your case. With the right approach, you can effectively navigate the legal system and obtain fair restitution after a crash.