Like drivers of all different vehicle types, motorcyclists need to be prepared for what should be done in the event of an accident. An accident, whether you are in a car, a truck, or a motorcycle. Can be difficult to process. You may be injured, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. Knowing what to do next, however, can be critical in helping to ensure you protect yourself and your best interests. Preparation for such a scenario can be key to keeping a cool head and knowing what steps to take. Here, we will go into more detail about what you should do should you ever be involved in a motorcycle accident.
What You Should Do If You Are in a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can be different from other vehicle accident types as motorcycle riders are out in the open as opposed to in an enclosed vehicle. This can make them particularly vulnerable in accidents and after them. After an accident, make efforts to get to safety. You may have ended up somewhere that you risk further injury if you stay. Do what you can to get to a safe place. Once there, call 911.
Police and an ambulance are likely to arrive on the scene. Before they arrive, try to keep on any protective gear you were wearing at the time of the accident. Removing these items can make some injuries worse. Having law enforcement at the scene means that an official police report of the accident will be generated. Having this official document setting forth the details of the accident can be crucial evidence should you bring a personal injury claim later on.
At the scene, depending on your injuries and your ability to do so, try to gather evidence on your own. Get names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident. Take pictures of the accident scene, including property damage and injuries. Pictures can work as compelling pieces of evidence as to the nature, severity, and extent of an accident.
Above all, go and seek immediate medical attention. Do not try to discount any pain or stiffness you may be experiencing. Undiagnosed and untreated injuries can have truly devastating consequences for your health and healing after an accident. Get an emergency medical evaluation. Should your doctors or treating medical professionals recommend follow-up care for any injuries sustained in the accident, comply with them. The consistent medical treatment recommended by your doctors is important for your health and the strength of any personal injury claim you may seek to make against a person or their insurance carrier.
Remember to contact your insurance company to notify them of the accident. Avoid talking to other insurance companies which may contact you. Even when speaking with your own insurance company, keep your answers direct and concise. Avoid speculation, especially as they may relate to who was at fault for the accident or the nature or extent of your injuries.
Personal Injury Attorneys
After a motorcycle accident, contact the trusted attorneys at SoCal Injury Lawyers. We will immediately get to work on protecting your best interests and working to help ensure you are properly compensated for your losses. Contact us today.