There are many things you can do to help your loved one recover from a motorcycle crash—even if he is unconscious. The first thing you should do is make sure you are taking care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep, try to eat healthy, and give yourself time to be patient as your husband heals.
It can take some time before you feel capable of handling the medical and legal aspects of a motorcycle crash case. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters often take advantage of overburdened family members, urging them to accept a settlement just to “have it over with.”
Things You Shouldn’t Do
Perhaps the biggest thing you can do to help your husband is NOT to take certain actions, including:
- Do NOT discuss the details of the accident. You may have to give a statement to the police if you witnessed the accident, but do not offer an explanation or apology to any other parties. Many victims’ families are not thinking clearly in the aftermath of an accident and can say things that may be used against them later.
- Do NOT offer a statement to the insurance company. Anything you say to the insurance company will be recorded—and if your case goes to court, it can be used as evidence against you. Avoid signing anything you do not understand without having your attorney look it over on your behalf.
- Do NOT rely on the other driver to help you – If you have the name and contact information of the other driver, you should not use it to discuss with them how to proceed. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable in a crash than other drivers, and the driver may have to pay a great deal if he is found to be at fault—making it unlikely that he will act in your best interest.
Many attorneys want to treat motorcycle crashes like any other road accident, but attorney James Roswold is a frequent rider who knows that the two collisions are like night and day—especially for the victims. Click the link on this page to read The Devil’s Advocate: A Biker’s Guide to Accidents & Injuries, for the ups and downs of bike crashes from both sides of the table.