Handling Yourself at Your Motorcycle Accident Scene
By: Dan Baldyga
You were struck and it’s clearly not your fault! If at all possible, don’t move your motorcycle until the police arrive, allowing them to ensure whatever evidence that may be important.
THE EYE WITNESS:
If you have a pad and pen with you (which you always should) it’s not a good idea to ask, “Did you witness this“?
More often than not that will turn them off!
It’s much better to ask, “What happened here?” If the individual is willing to talk don’t insist, “Give me a written statement”, because that seems too formal or demanding. Hand them the pad and pen and say something like, “Please, just jot down what you saw.”
When that person is finished, thank them profoundly and tell them, “I’ll go over this later. In case I can’t make something out, please, give me your name and a phone number where I can reach you if I have any questions.”
More often than not if you read their statement and then insist, “Sign this,” you’ll put them on the defensive.
If they sign it great, but don’t make an issue of it, because you want them on your side!
Because a witness may seem credible and may believe what they’re saying is true doesn’t mean they’re correct. Credibility and honesty have nothing to do with if their memories slip a bit.
REFUSING MEDICAL ATTENTION AT THE SCENE:
Many people (even when they feel pain) will refuse medical attention at the scene and go home. Then, after several hours of increasing pain, they’ll need help. Should they end up dealing with the typical Insurance Adjuster (who is quick to assume they’re being conned by a crooked individual) they’re told that the pain they allegedly felt had nothing to do with an injury!
That’s the reason why one should immediately demand they be brought to the closest Emergency Room.
Whenever you’ve been the victim of somebody else’s lack of care while operating their motor vehicle, it’s very important that you immediately contact the local police department.
Don’t listen to the other operator who may say, “Hey, we’ll handle this ourselves”.
The individual making such a statement may possibly tell a completely different story (than the one they tell you at the scene) when the matter is discussed with the police and/or their own insurance company.
There’s a “Time-Lapse Of Memory” thing which comes into play. Many times witness’s are much better at articulating a circumstance - - even if they’re dead wrong!
An “Honest Person” may tell it exactly the way it was but they may not seem convincing; whereas a “Practiced Liar” can persuade people to believe their story to be true - - when it’s not!
The purpose of this article: “HANDLING YOURSELF AT YOUR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SCENE” is to help people understand the motorcycle accident claim process. Neither Dan Baldyga, James Allgood nor WHY BIKE.com make any guarantee whatsoever, NOR do they purport to engage in rendering any legal service, NOR to substitute for a lawyer, an insurance adjuster, or claims consultant, or the like. Where such professional help is desired it is the INDIVIDUAL’S RESPONSIBILITY to obtain such services.
Dan Baldyga’s third and latest book, AUTO ACCIDENT PERSONAL INJURY INSURANCE CLAIM (How To Evaluate And Settle Your Loss) can be found on the internet at http://www.caraccidentclaims.com
. This book reveals How To handle your property damage claim so you won’t be taken advantage of. It also goes into detail regarding BASE (The Baldyga Settlement Evaluation Formula). THE BASE FORMULA explains how to determine the value of the Pain and Suffering you endured - - because of your personal injury!
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