What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are incredibly common. Injuries and fatal crashes are shockingly higher for motorcycles than any other vehicle on the road. Motorcycles are smaller and faster, making them far more dangerous for motorcyclists. So the best way to protect yourself after a crash is to know what to do after a motorcycle accident.
In this article, we’ll show you some what you need to do to legally protect yourself after a motorcycle accident. We’ll go over some important, frequently asked questions and what steps to take after a motorcycle accident.
7 Steps To Take After A Motorcycle Accident
Following these tips will allow you to save your money and your motorcycle, so you can focus on recovering your health. If you ever need extra help, don’t be afraid to call My Case Helper to speak to a lawyer with the best legal advice.
Step One: Collect information from the other driver and find witnesses
The first thing you want to do is get the name, contact information, and insurance details from the other driver. You can ask the other driver if they’re hurt, or need medical attention, but do not admit fault. This means no apologizing and no mentioning regrets. It’s vital to remember to never admit fault when speaking with the other driver.
Try to get the names and contact information for all witnesses. The more witnesses you have, the stronger your case will be. Not all witnesses will want to speak up after the fact, so it’s best to have as many witnesses on hand as possible.
Step Two: Call the police
Many states require drivers to file a police report after any accident where property, or a person was injured or damaged. Do not admit fault to the police. Just inform them that there was an accident involving you and your motorcycle then give them your approximate location.
The police will take their own pictures and notes when they arrive. While you wait, you should also conduct your own investigation. If you’re still a little fuzzy or emotional, ask the police to give your official statement later.
Step Three: Write down everything that happened
Give yourself a moment to calm down. This is an understandably difficult situation, but it’s important to stay level headed. Start by taking pictures of your surroundings, your bike, the other driver’s vehicle, and any damaged property.
Once you’ve collected your thoughts, write down everything that happened. You can just make some quick notes in your phone, but remember to get your initial details on:
- Where you were going
- Where the other driver was going
- How fast both of you were going
- How the accident happened
- All damaged property
PRO TIP: After completing all 7 steps, rewrite all your thoughts. Provide even more details, but remember to reflect back on your initial thoughts. Use this to give your official statement to the police.
Step Four: Inspect your bike for damage
Now’s the time to check your motorcycle for damage and take pictures of all the evidence. Do an initial inspection of the engine case, kickstand, foot pegs, forks, brake lever and pedals. Make sure none of these things are loose. If there’s any damage to the engine case, call a tow truck to move your bike.
Look to see if anything else is cracked or leaking. If the bike isn’t leaking, put it in neutral and look for any unusual sounds, smells, or leaks. Stop your motorcycle immediately and call a tow if you notice anything unusual.
You should also call a tow truck if you spot any of the following damages on your bike:
- Cracked rims.
- Low or flat tires.
- Broken brake lines or difficult calipers.
- Broken or bent foot pegs, pedals, levers, clip-ons, forks, or bars.
- Leaking suspension, gas tank, or oil valve.
- Major frame or motor damage.
Step Five: Assess yourself for injuries
If you have any visible injuries, take pictures right away. Record as much evidence as you can. Common injuries motorists can get from accidents include:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Muscle damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
With some of these injuries, you may have to just monitor yourself throughout the next few days to see how you feel. Periodically check yourself for any soreness throughout your body. If you hit your head, call a doctor immediately. Pay close attention to any changes in vision or for headaches.
These things can indicate that you have a concussion or another traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can have some of the worst long-term effects, so it’s imperative to handle them properly.
Also Read: Getting A Settlement For Your Traumatic Brain Injury
Step Six: Go see a doctor immediately
You need to see a doctor as soon as possible to ensure you can still get compensation for your injuries. This is also the best thing to do for your health. After a crash, your adrenaline will be running and you may not notice some injuries initially. However, a doctor will be able to tell how extensive all your injuries are.
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Step Seven: Speak to your insurance company
Call your insurance company to let them know about the accident. Tell them about all the steps you’ve just taken, and what options your insurance can provide. Don’t accept anything or make any decisions just yet.
After speaking to your insurance company, call a lawyer to see what other legal options you have. If you don’t live in a no-fault state, yours or the other driver’s insurance may not cover everything you need it to. A lawyer will be honest with you and will be someone truly on your side.
Penalties For Hitting A Motorcyclist
Currently, there are no penalties for drivers who hit motorcyclists. However, you can receive compensation for your injuries if they are extensive, and the other driver was grossly negligent.
The best thing to do after a motorcycle accident is to call a lawyer. They can help you navigate through every step, and protect your legal rights. To speak to a lawyer near you, call My Case Helper now.