What to do after a motorcycle accident in Maryland
Essential steps for bikers to take after a motorcycle crash
Knowing what to do after a motorcycle accident in Maryland can be confusing. Whether you’re dealing a high-speed motorcycle crash in I-495 in College Park or a rear-end motorcycle accident in Silver Spring or Prince George's County, knowing what to do next might not be clear.
That’s why we want to help. Our Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan have years of experience dealing with such complex legal cases. As a result, we know what to do in such serious situations.
Below, you can find our step-by-step advice for motorcycle accident injury victims. And if you have a question about your specific legal case, simply contact us and schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Maryland motorcycle accident lawyers.
What to do after your Maryland motorcycle accident
The circumstances for one motorcycle accident to another can vary widely. But in general, injury victims should take the following steps to protect their health and their rights:
- Notify the police that you have been involved in a motorcycle crash caused by another driver. If you’re not sure which number to call, simply dial 911. The police dispatcher can notify the nearest police department or Maryland State Police barracks.
- Contacting the police after a motorcycle accident is important for several reasons. One, it’s the law in Maryland. You must report serious motor vehicle accidents that result in an injury or fatality. Two, you will have a record of your accident. This is important since there’s often a lot of debate about who was at fault in a motorcycle crash.
- If you or anyone else appears injured, ask the police dispatcher to send an ambulance. Many motorcycle crashes result in serious injuries.
- Even if you feel fine, don’t put off being examined by a doctor. You could have a life-threatening motorcycle injury and not even know it.
- Talk to witnesses who saw your collision. Get their name and phone number so investigators can interview them later if necessary.
- Take photos of your motorcycle crash. The more pictures you take, the better. If possible, take pictures of damage to your motorcycle, the car and accident debris on the road before any of the vehicles are moved.
- Get the other driver’s personal information, including their name, address, phone number, driver’s license number and insurance information.
- Give the same information about yourself to the other driver.
- Once you have exchanged information, don’t discuss your accident. Anything you say could be used as evidence to reduce or deny your motorcycle injury claim.
- Before leaving your crash site, make sure to get the investigating police officer’s name, badge number and phone number. That way, you can contact the police if you have any questions about your motorcycle crash.
If your motorcycle accident happened a few hours or days ago, take these additional steps:
- Schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor. Even if you feel fine and were already examined at your crash site, have a doctor examine you. Many times, many motorcycle accident injuries have delayed symptoms and take time to develop.
- Contact your insurance company and tell them you were involved in a motorcycle crash. Keep your comments brief. You can always provide more details later. And it’s always best to be cautious when dealing with insurance companies.
- If the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, don’t answer their questions. Even if their questions sound simple and straightforward, they’re probably simply fishing for information they can use to deny your injury claim.
- Get a copy of your official Maryland Motor Vehicle Accident Report and make sure all the information listed on the report is correct. If you don’t know how to do this, our law firm can help you get a copy of your report and carefully review yours with you.
- Contact our law firm and schedule an appointment with a Maryland motorcycle accident attorney. The sooner you have a lawyer handling your legal case, the better.
Our attorneys stand up for injured bikers in Maryland
Don’t underestimate the seriousness or the complexity of your motorcycle accident. Often, motorcyclists get blamed for causing collisions where the other driver was clearly at fault. And worst of all, the at-fault driver’s insurance company often takes their side and does everything it can to deny legitimate motorcycle accident claims.
This is why it’s critical that you act fast after your crash. This is why we want to meet with you. We know the laws that apply to motorcycle accidents. We understand which legal strategies can be the most effective. That’s why we have a strong track record of success.
Get the Maryland law firm that gets results. Contact Goldberg Finnegan and discover what we can do for you. Our Silver Spring law firm handles motorcycle accident claims and lawsuits throughout Maryland.