Many motorcycle accidents in Ontario occur when other drivers fail to observe the presence of a motorcycle sharing the road. Many of the most serious motorcycle crashes occur when other vehicles turn across the path of an approaching motorcycle. While there are ways that motorcycle riders make themselves more noticeable to other vehicles, crashes continue to occur.
Toronto motorcycle accident lawyer Andrew Iacobelli and Iacobelli Law Firm are committed to protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims throughout Ontario. Following a motorcycle accident in Ontario, an injured rider and his or her family have the right to seek compensation against negligent drivers who cause an accident. Your right to compensation and the success of your claim, however, may depend on the actions that you and your family take shortly following the crash. While it will no doubt be a stressful time, where your main concern will be upon health, the insurance company will be requesting mountains of information. A proactive adjuster will often want to meet with you at your hospital room or home within a short time of a motorcycle accident. Any time the insurance company is asking to interview you, meet with you, or if they want you to complete forms, you should consider talking to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. The information that you provide to the insurance company may impact upon your claim and right to compensation. In addition, we are providing some other information about the things that you should know following an Ontario motorcycle accident.
What you can do after a Ontario motorcycle accident to protect your legal rights:
- Do not admit fault for the accident. Even if you are unsure whether you may be partially at fault for the accident, do not admit fault of any kind to anyone. If you admit fault, your admission can, and often will, be used against you by the insurance company to reduce the amount of compensation you receive.
- Call for assistance. Call 9-1-1 and request medical help for any injured persons. When the ambulance arrives, accept medical treatment even if you do not feel that you have been injured. Sometimes the symptoms of a serious injury may not be immediately apparent. There is no need to be "tough" following an accident. Get checked out by a doctor to be sure that there is nothing serious after an accident.
- Identify witnesses and collect contact information from all involved drivers.
- Take pictures of the accident scene if possible. You can often use your cell phone to take pictures of the vehicles and the accident scene. Also photograph anything else that you believe may have contributed to the motorcycle accident.
- Report the accident to police. If the police do not attend to the accident scene, then go to the nearest police station or collision reporting office and file an accident report.
- Contact an experienced Toronto Ontario motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as you can after the accident.
Andrew Iacobelli is an Ontario motorcycle accident and injury lawyer. Call me to request a free consultation. To learn more about your rights following a motorcycle accident call us at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093 or complete our online contact form here.
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