Eighty-nine thousand motorcyclists were injured in the USA in 2017. That is 1 in 100 riders.
If you ride a motorcycle, the unfortunate truth is that you are at greater risk of an accident than other road users. You will want to take all the necessary precautions to avoid getting into an accident, but you will also want to know what to do if you are in one.
Here is our guide about what to do if you are in a motorcycle accident.
At the Scene of the Motorcycle Accident
If you are involved in an accident, you must remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives. This is vital for the safety and protection of all involved. At worst, fleeing the scene may form the basis for criminal charges against you.
At the scene, you need to make sure you’re uninjured and safe. If you are, call 9-1-1 immediately. If it is safe to do so, move your vehicle to a safe location near the accident. Once you are in a safe location, immediately call 9-1-1 and report the accident to the police.
If you’re uninjured and it is safe to do so, check the accident scene and assess if anyone else needs emergency medical care; if so, immediately call 9-1-1.
Once you have confirmed that everyone is safe, contact the police. Police who respond to the scene will help you with collecting the relevant evidence that demonstrates how the accident occurred. Police will also file an official report, which is necessary should you later seek compensation for damages.
You will now need to exchange information with everyone else involved in the accident. Sharing your information and being cooperative is important, whether you’re at fault or not. However, never apologize for the accident as it may be construed as an admission of fault.
Finally, confirm with the police that you intend to leave the scene. They will ensure you have all the information both you and they need before you leave.
After the Accident
As soon as is possible, contact your insurance provider. When communicating with your provider, keep it simple and brief. Most insurers will not pressure you to provide more information than is necessary. Working with an experienced lawyer will protect your rights.
Do not communicate with other drivers’ insurance companies. There is no requirement for you to communicate with them at all.
Speaking with other drivers’ insurance companies can only lead to this information being used against you. Their only goal is to pay you the least amount of money possible.
Find a Qualified Lawyer
As soon as you can, make sure to look for a lawyer with experience dealing with motor vehicle accidents.
Your attorney will be the only individual truly on your side during this process. Even your insurance provider will be seeking to minimize their exposure. Getting an attorney will ensure your legal rights are protected throughout the process.
Protect Yourself After a Motorcycle Accident
Being in a motorcycle accident is scary enough without having to worry about the ramifications. If you’re ever in an accident, you need to know what to do. If you follow our guide, you will be prepared to ensure you’re safe and protected after an accident.
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