What steps should I take after being injured in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident in Indiana?

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Understanding Your Legal Rights After a Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident in Indiana

If you've suffered injuries from a hit-and-run motorcycle accident in Indiana, it's crucial to stay composed and prioritize collecting evidence like camera footage, medical records, and witness statements. You are not alone in this; you have several legal avenues available. At Keller & Keller, our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys are dedicated to addressing your concerns. We'll assist you in managing your medical claims with your insurance provider, communicating with law enforcement, and securing the compensation you deserve.

What to Do at the Scene of the Accident

Accident scenes can be chaotic. Amid the confusion, there are several things to do. You will want to assess your injuries immediately and move to a safe location.  

Call 911

As soon as you are in a safe place, call 911. Reporting the accident is essential, not only for your safety but also for legal reasons. When the police arrive, provide them with as many details as possible about the incident and the vehicle that fled, such as the color, make, model, and any part of the license plate number you might have caught. This information can be crucial in helping police track down the person responsible and will go in the police report.

Gather Evidence

If you are able to do so, gather evidence from the scene. This can include taking photos of your injuries, any damages to your motorcycle, and the surroundings where the accident occurred. If there were any witnesses, try to get their contact information; they could provide valuable statements later.

Taking the Next Steps After a Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident

Once you’ve left the accident scene, your priority should be to focus on getting well. It is important to follow the advice of your health care provider and follow through with any treatments or appointments. In addition to focusing on your health after a motorcycle accident, we recommend doing the following:

Notify Your Insurance Company

Inform your own insurance company about the accident as soon as possible. Be factual about the details and avoid admitting any fault. Depending on your insurance policy, you might have coverage for hit-and-run accidents under uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. Understanding what your insurance covers can help you manage the financial implications of the accident.

Keep Records of All Medical Bills to File With Your Insurance Company

It is essential to keep records of any bills associated with the accident. Filing all medical bills with your insurance company will allow you to be reimbursed for medical expenses incurred due to the hit-and-run motorcycle accident.

Proceed With Caution When Speaking With Insurance Adjusters

Refrain from speaking to an insurance adjuster until you receive legal advice. At Keller & Keller, we can guide you through the appropriate steps to take with your insurance company and can negotiate on your behalf.

Be Careful When Sharing Information About the Hit-and-Run on Social Media

Sharing information about the hit-and-run on social media could weaken your case. Anything you post on social media can be used against your claim.

Consult With a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Dealing with the aftermath of a hit-and-run can be stressful and confusing. Consulting with a lawyer who is experienced with Indiana motorcycle accidents can provide you with guidance and ensure that your rights are protected. A skilled lawyer can help you navigate the insurance claims process and work towards securing compensation for your injuries and damages, even when the at-fault party is unknown.

How Keller & Keller Will Support You If You're Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident

Keller & Keller provides multiple layers of support to our clients who have been injured in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. We assess your injuries and thoroughly investigate the accident to gather clear evidence to establish fault. We can take the necessary steps to locate the hit-and-run driver so you can recover compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. 

If the driver is located and identified, we can help you take legal action against the driver by filing a civil lawsuit. We also address biases that may be held by police officers, insurance agents, judges, or jury members.