Steps to Take Following a Motorcycle Accident in Washington D.C.

Motorcycle accidents can lead to severe injuries that may affect individuals for years to come. Motorcycle drivers are more exposed to the elements than most other drivers. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may be eligible to recover compensation in a personal injury claim. Continue reading to learn the steps to take following a motorcycle accident. If you have any further questions, give our experienced personal injury firm a call.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Washington D.C.?

The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are typically forms of motorist negligence. The following negligent acts can lead to motorcycle accidents:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Failure to observe the rules and regulations of the road
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring traffic lights/signs
  • Driving while drowsy

What should I do after a motorcycle accident?

Take the following steps after being injured in a motorcycle accident while you are still at the scene of the accident:

  1. Alert the authorities and request medical assistance immediately. The police will create a safer scene by redirecting traffic if necessary. They will also conduct a police report to document the accident.
  2. Seek medical assistance immediately. Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment. These documents should state the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
  3. Obtain the other driver’s insurance information. Try to make this conversation short and polite.
  4. Collect any witnesses’ contact information including their name, email address, and phone number.
  5. Photograph the scene and any hazards that played a part in your accident as well as the damage that was caused by the accident.
  6. Reach out to an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve for your damages.

What is the statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations for motorcycle accident claims in Washington D.C. is generally three years. This means that you will have three years from the specific date of your accident to take legal action against the negligent party. Waiting longer than this allotted time can result in you being barred from your right to sue. Reach out to our experienced attorney today to get started with this process. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better. Give our firm a call to discuss the next steps you should take.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.