Call the police. This is mandatory if there are injuries and the damage to one or both vehicles is severe. Even if the damage is minor, you should still wait for a police officer to come and make a full report of the accident. The existence of this report will likely strengthen your case in court.
Seek medical attention immediately. Motorcycle accidents occurring in Denver, Colorado Springs and throughout the state can cause particularly severe injuries because of the area’s rocky terrain. Getting a complete examination from a doctor as soon as possible will serve two purposes: First, a doctor can often detect injuries you may not notice until several days after the accident, but will be more easily treated if caught early; and second, a doctor’s examination will automatically create a complete medical record of any injuries you sustained during the accident, which will give you a stronger case if you decide to take the at-fault driver to court.
Get complete information from everyone at the scene of the motorcycle accident. Get the name, address, driver’s license number and insurance information of all of the drivers involved in the motorcycle accident, as well as the names of any emergency personnel and the contact information for any bystanders who might be witnesses.
Don’t admit guilt or sign any statements without talking to a lawyer first. Courts are often biased against motorcyclists, assuming anyone who drives a motorcycle is a reckless driver. Be cooperative with police, other drivers and emergency personnel at the scene of the motorcycle accident, but don’t say anything that could later be used as evidence to prove you were responsible for an accident that wasn’t necessarily your fault.
Take photographs of injuries to yourself and damage to your bike. These photographs work best as evidence when they are taken at the scene of the motorcycle accident, but they can also be taken after the fact if you are severely injured and need immediate hospitalization.
Keep complete records of medical expenses and other costs related to the accident. This can be used as evidence in court to help you obtain compensation.
For more information on what to do after being involved in any traffic accident, visit our auto accident FAQs.