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Monday, 13 January 2020 06:42

What You Should Do After a Motorcycle Accident

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motorcycle accidentIf you enjoy riding your motorcycle, you may spend quite a bit of time on the road riding down the city streets and highways.

Even though you may be one of the best and most careful riders in your city, just like driving a car, a motorcycle accident can happen at any time. Therefore, it is important that you are prepared to act quickly during these critical times. The actions that you take can help to protect your future and any legal actions that you may encounter.

With this in mind, here are 7 things that you should do after a motorcycle accident.

1. Check Yourself and Others Involved in any Injuries that anyone has sustained

One of the most important things that every motorcycle rider should do is to check your own body for any possible injuries that you have sustained. If you are feeling fine and you do not see any obvious medical problems, your next step is to check to see if everyone involved in the crash is alright physically, too. If anyone in the accident has sustained any type of injury in the crash, you need to call 911 for the proper medical assistance immediately. On the other hand, if everyone appears to be alright, the call that you make should be to the police.

2. Collect contact Information and Insurance Information from the Other Driver

After all emergency assistance calls have been made, you need to make sure that you are collecting the essential information needed from the driver of the other vehicle. Since your insurance company and your personal injury lawyer will request specific information about the other driver, here are some details that you should write down.

Full Name of the other driver
Home Address
Phone numbers - Mobile and Home
Insurance Information - Name of Insurance company and insurance policy number
License plate and a full description of the vehicle
Make and Model, the color of the vehicle that the other driver

The information listed above can help to expedite the filing of your claim. If you do not collect this information before leaving the scene, you may have a difficult time trying to track the other driver down later. In some cases, this can be frustrating and a waste of your valuable time.

3. Take Your Own Photos of the Scene

While you are waiting on the police and any other emergency vehicles to arrive, you can use this time to take photos of the scene and all the vehicles involved in the crash, including your own motorcycle and its present position. These photos can be used later to support the police report or to dispute the information that was written down. Either way, you should have your own photo proof ready to provide to your attorney.

4. Document What Happened and What You See at the Scene

In addition to taking photos while you have the opportunity, this is also a good time to document what happened before, during and after the accident has occurred. For instance, you should document if there were any serious injuries and any other information that will be valuable for you to provide later. In some cases, if the accident was due to certain extenuating circumstances, this should be written in your notes as well. For instance, some of the most common problems that contribute to accidents usually involve road conditions, bad weather, speed limit signs and other factors that may serve as distractions.

Also, if you obtain information from an eyewitness that saw exactly what happened before and during the impact, you should also get their contact information to provide to your motorcycle injury lawyer. Your lawyer can use this vital information, especially if your accident case must be presented in court before a judge.

5. Contact Your motorcycle injury lawyer

Once you have left the scene of the accident, one of the first things that you need to do right away is to contact your motorcycle injury lawyer. If you contact a personal injury attorney early, they will have a chance to advise you on how your case will be handled. These attorneys are skilled and experienced in using the information that was collected and the photos taken to help build the proper case for you. For instance, if the other driver was at fault and you were injured, you need to collect compensation for the damages on your motorcycle as well as receive the appropriate award for any medical bills that must be paid to a hospital or a physician.

6. Never tell the Driver of the Other Vehicle that You Were at Fault

Though taking the blame for the accident may appear to be the right thing to do, this is not necessarily true. There may be other factors involved that you did not see or recognize at the time. Therefore, never tell the other driver that it was your fault. If you make these types of statements to the other driver and to the police, this can be used against you and the overall success of the case that you file.

7. Protect Yourself Before hitting the Road with Your Motorcycle

Though this may take a little extra time to do, you usually cannot go wrong by inspecting your motorcycle before you take it out for a spin. If you inspect it before driving, you can easily identify damages that were not on the bike before the crash occurred. For instance, when you walk around the bike, you may see cracks in the structure and other damages that will not be related to the latest drive. Also, if you inspect, the chain, kickstand, and the tires, you usually have an opportunity to make sure the bike is ready for the ride. 

Last modified on Monday, 13 January 2020 22:49
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