Even the most careful motorcyclists sometimes find themselves in an accident. According to a study from the NHTSA, an estimated 88,000 motorcyclists are injured annually from accidents. And sometimes those accidents can not only be costly but may lead to severe injury or disability.
Immediately after an accident, you may find yourself in an altered emotional state. After all, the adrenaline from the crash is probably still coursing through your veins. Your actions immediately following can significantly influence what repercussions the accident will have on your life.
Make sure you are prepared. Read on for a quick guide to motorcycle accidents.
Get Yourself to Safety
The very first thing you should do after a motorcycle accident is to get yourself to safety by getting off the road or out of traffic. Make sure you distance yourself from anything that may cause you additional harm.
Make sure you are checking to see if any of the vehicles involved in the accident are leaking gasoline. Check for any damaged structures in the environment that could potentially collapse.
Check Yourself and Others for Injury
Once you have removed yourself from harm’s way, check yourself and others for injury. Immediately call emergency services regardless if there are any injuries. Calling emergency services is not an admission of guilt, so do not hesitate to reach out for emergency support.
Few motorcyclists walk away from an accident without some kind of injury, and some of the most serious injuries are not identifiable on the scene. That is why it is very important to seek medical help no matter if you feel any pain or not.
Take photos for contextual evidence and details of the accident. However, be sure that you have ensured that the scene is safe enough for you to take pictures so you do not risk the safety of yourself or others.
When taking pictures, make sure you get photos from a variety of angles. Documenting the environment and all involved vehicles can be very helpful when dealing with insurance or during a court case.
Once you have contacted emergency service, a police officer will arrive at the scene of the accident to write up a police report. This report is an important official document when proving details of your case.
Protect your legal rights and potential compensation by gathering important information:
- Contact information
- Vehicle information
- The contact information of the police officer
- The police report number
- The contact information of all witnesses
- The vehicle identification numbers (VIN) for any involved vehicles
- Insurance contact information for involved vehicles
Call Your Insurance Agent
Call your insurance agent as soon as possible. Make sure that you have gathered all possible information so that you can communicate it to the agent.
If your insurance agent asks you for information that you do not have or are not sure about, make sure that you do not provide any information if you are not sure. Underestimating any damages at the scene can lead to a reduced compensation.
Motorcycle Accidents are Scary, So Be Prepared
If you are a motorcyclist, you need to always be prepared in case you are involved in an accident. Motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles. Make sure you are keeping yourself safe and protected so that the repercussions of the accident will not affect your life down the line.
Always consult a professional for help if the accident is severe. Many lawyers specialize in motorcycle accidents. It is probably in your best interest to seek assistance dealing with your situation, especially if it was severe.
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