What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
August 10, 2017
There is nothing better than riding around on a motorcycle with the wind in your hair. They can be very fun and exciting, as well as a way to save money on gasoline. However, they can also be dangerous. Many people are killed every day in motorcycle accidents so it is very important to be safe while you are out riding. Be on the lookout for people who are not paying attention and those who might not see you.
If you are in an accident, don’t panic. Here are some things to do after a motorcycle accident.
- Once you are sure that you are alright, you should also check on everyone else (in every vehicle). If anyone needs medical attention (big or small), call 911 right away. Just remember that, just because they look fine on the outside, does not mean that they don’t have internal injuries so it never hurts to call.
- Call the police as soon as possible. You need to report the incident to the police. They will also be helpful if there is property damage and even with injuries.
- Get everyone and all vehicles off of the road (if possible) so that no further damage is done. You should get everyone off of the side of the road where it is safer, unless their injuries won’t let you. Then, try to move the damaged vehicles off of the road so no one else will be in the accident.
- Warn other drivers. If you have triangle or flares, place them at a good distance to warn other drivers. If not, at least use your hazard lights. If you are in good health, you may want to warn traffic and direct them away from the scene.
- Don’t forget to get everyone’s insurance information. You should collect everyone’s names, phone numbers, addresses, registration, and insurance details, whether they caused the crash or not. Driver’s license numbers and even plate numbers may also be needed.
- It is also important to get information from any witnesses. You will need their name, phone number, and even address in case you need to get in touch with them, in case of a trial. It may also be helpful to get a written statement too.
- Take pictures and videos if possible. Pictures and videos can really be helpful in the investigation of the accident.
- You may also want to write down your report (so you don’t forget anything). The more detailed that your report is, the better off you will be. If you are injured or even just have a mild concussion, you may struggle to remember what happened. The police may take this as a statement.
- If you are arrested or taken into custody, don’t fight them. This will only make it worse for you. Instead, go with them and get a lawyer before speaking to the police.
- Inform your insurance company about the accident as soon as you can. Whether you were at fault or the other party was, your insurance company needs to know about the accident. Often, the insurance companies will have to work together to figure out who is paying for what.
- Hire a good lawyer. It is important to have a lawyer ready and waiting, just in case it goes to a trial. Take your time and find someone that you trust, in order to have the most favorable outcome.
Though you may panic if you are in an accident, it is important that you take a deep breath and calm yourself before taking any action. Make sure that you and everyone else is alright. Contact 911 and the police right away. Get everyone (and their vehicles) off of the road so the accident doesn’t get any worse. Warn others so that people know to slow down.
It is also important to get the information from everyone who was involved, as well as any witnesses. Once the police come, work with them until it is safe to get home. As soon as you can, contact your insurance. You may also want to start to look into hiring a lawyer if needed.
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