Riding a motorcycle is fun, exciting—and incredibly dangerous.
The sobering fact is, if you ride a motorcycle, you are more likely to get into an accident than with a car. You are also more likely to die.
Knowing these statistics, it’s important to be prepared should you get into a motorcycle accident. Knowing what to do can help you deal with the motorcycle accident aftermath in an efficient and effective way.
If you are an avid rider or even just a hobbyist, here are several steps you should take immediately after getting into an accident with your bike.
1. Check Yourself for Injuries
Nearly half of all motorcycle crashes result in more than just a minor injury. For this reason, the first step to take after an accident is to check yourself for injuries. You should also check on the other people involved to make sure everyone is okay.
2. Move to the Side of the Road
While it’s important to stay at the scene of the bike crash, you should move to a safe place. Leave your bike where it is and walk to the side of the road or street. Getting out of traffic is essential for avoiding any further accidents.
3. Call 911
It’s best to call 911 after a bike accident and ask for a police officer to come to the scene. This is ideal to make sure no one is hurt and to file a police report you may need later on. This is also the best time to ask for medical attention if you are injured.
4. Exchange Information
After your moto accident, you need to exchange insurance information with the other rider or driver. This is important because you will likely be filing a claim. Make sure to get all of the information listed on their driver’s license and insurance card.
5. Take Pictures
It’s recommended to take pictures of the scene after an accident. Take pictures of all vehicles involved, from as many angles as possible. Your photos can be used as proof of your claim if necessary.
6. Seek Medical Attention
Even if you feel okay, you should seek medical attention after your accident. It can take a few hours, or even days, to start to feel pain from your injuries so it’s important to seek medical attention the same day. You also want your injuries on record for any claim you might make.
7. Talk to a Lawyer
Talk to a lawyer to understand your options for moving forward. Do this before contacting the insurance companies. You have a limited time to file your claim so try and talk to a lawyer the same day.
These Are the Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
Take these steps if you are ever in a motorcycle accident.
First, check yourself to make sure you are not badly injured. Move to the side of the road and call 911 for help. You should then exchange information, take photos of the scene, and contact your insurance company. Always talk to a lawyer to find out how to move forward with your case.
Follow these steps to effectively handle a motorcycle accident.
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