Whether you are a new motorcyclist or a veteran rider, it pays to be prepared for the worst whenever you ride. Motorcycle accidents happen across the country, and you can never know which drivers are going to cause them. In case you are ever in a motorcycle accident, you should know what to do immediately afterward.
Six things you should do after pretty much any motorcycle accident are:
- Pull off the road: Following a motor vehicle accident of any kind, including motorcycle accidents, you need to get your vehicle away from traffic. If you can safely move your motorcycle after a collision, then do so. Placing it well off the road can help reduce the chances that another motorist will cause a secondary crash. Do not attempt to move your motorcycle or any of its debris yourself if that would put you in danger, though.
- Call 911: Motorcycle accidents that cause a serious injury or leave debris in the road need to come to the attention of the local authorities, which means you should dial 911 after most crashes. Emergency medical technicians (EMT) can administer emergency medical attention there and then bring anyone who is severely injured to the nearest hospital in a hurry. Firefighters can help clear debris and extract anyone who might be trapped inside a vehicle. Police officers can steer traffic away from the scene, arrest any drunk motorists involved, and take further notes about what happened.
- Keep your gear on: Resist the urge to get fidgety and start removing your protective riding gear, like your helmet and jacket. You could have a severe injury that could be worsened if you move around too much. Head and neck injuries, in particular, are highly sensitive to even the slightest motions. Adrenaline might be running through your system, though, which can cause you to feel no pain for the moment. Wait until you are evaluated by a medical professional before deciding to remove your gear.
- Take photographs: Use your smartphone to take pictures of the crash and any related evidence. Pictures of your motorcycle, the other vehicles involved, traffic conditions, and injuries are crucial. You can snap a photograph of the other driver’s ID and insurance information for an easy way to record that important info, too. In general, the more photographic evidence you have of a crash, the better.
- See a doctor: If you are lucky, then you won’t need to be taken to the emergency room after a motorcycle accident. However, this does not mean that you don’t need to see a doctor. Arrange to go to urgent care as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident to get a full check-up from a physician. Be sure to tell them you were in a motorcycle accident just a little bit ago. They will probably want to do a full-body X-ray to look for broken bones or internal organ damage. By doing so, you will create a medical record that shows when you were hurt and why.
- Get a consultation with an attorney: Insurance companies are looking out for themselves and their profits because they are a business, not a friendly neighbor. Before you deal with them, you should consult with a local motorcycle accident lawyer about how to start your motorcycle accident claim. They can give you valuable insight or act on your behalf if you prefer.
Gill Law Group, PC in Orange County offers motorcycle accident claim assistance and representation to local riders. We are proud to represent the people of our community through thick and thin. Call us at (949) 681-9952 if you ever get into a bad wreck. Our initial consultations make things easier for you by being no-cost and no-obligation.