What to Do if You’re in a Motorcycle Accident

Last year in Wisconsin there were nearly 2,000 motorcycle crashes.  Those crashes resulted in 1,693 injuries and 81 fatalities.  The leading cause of most motorcycle crashes is when a vehicle turns left in front of an oncoming motorcycle with the right of way.  This is a dangerous situation for motorcyclists and accounts for 42% of all crashes involving a motorcycle and a car.

You don’t want to be one of these statistics, but if another driver causes you to crash, what happens next?

What should you do after a motorcycle crash?

  • Call the police:
    • Even if you believe you are fine, and it was a minor accident. Getting statements and a record of the accident is important.
  • Take photos of the accident scene:
    • Make sure you take photos of the surrounding area, anything that could have contributed to the accident and the damage to your motorcycle.
  • Get checked out by a doctor:
    • Do not skip this step! You may feel fine right after the accident but there could be injuries you can’t see or feel yet.
  • File an insurance claim:
    • Make sure you call your insurance company to start a claim. The sooner you start this process the better.
  • Obtain a police report:
    • After the police are called and write up a report, make sure you request a copy. It could come in handy down the road if there are questions on the accident.
  • Keep a record of all bills and receipts:
    • `This will be very helpful and necessary if you decide on legal representation.

What NOT to do after a motorcycle accident?

  • Do not admit fault:
    • Let the police investigate the accident.  They will try to determine what happened.
  • Don’t agree to just “forget about it”:
    • Even if it seems like a minor crash, they might be damages to you or your bike that don’t become apparent until much later.  Make sure police are notified and the accident is documented.
  • Don’t assume you’re not hurt:
    • After an accident your adrenaline can be elevated.  This may cause you to feel like you are fine, even though you may have been injured.  Getting checked out by a doctor after an accident is critical.

One question that is often asked after a crash is, “should I hire a motorcycle accident lawyer?”

The answer is yes. Motorcycle accidents can be complex, and often involve significant and life-lasting injuries. At Habush Habush & Rottier, your consultation with a lawyer is free and confidential. You will get a chance to ask questions and learn about the law surrounding your crash. A skilled motorcycle attorney will make sure that you are getting fairly compensated not only for damage done to your motorcycle, but also for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A motorcycle crash lawyer can help you navigate this complex situation and get you the compensation that you deserve.

Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney Jason Knutson

Jason Knutson is a shareholder with the firm. His practice features complex litigation, such as major environmental and industrial accidents, and class action claims. He also handles cases of medical malpractice, products liability, and personal injury. Jason has had personal injury cases at every level of Wisconsin’s justice system from jury trials in county circuit courts to arguing before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Additionally, Jason is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School where he has taught courses in trial advocacy, negotiation, legal writing, and lawyering skills.

Jason graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  When not in the office or courtroom, his interests include art history, movies and aviation.