What to Do if You’re in a Motorcycle Accident


by Contributor

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(Jan. 22, 2020) — We all hope that it will never happen to us, but unfortunately, accidents do happen, and if you find yourself in one it’s important that you follow the right procedures. As a motorcyclist, you are that bit more exposed than many other road users, so your safety should be a top priority.

Whenever you go out, it’s vital that you are wearing the proper safety gear in order to protect yourself, as it can make all the difference if you do get caught up in an accident. Whilst you protect yourself with the right safety equipment before a crash, it’s also important that you protect yourself after a crash.

Seek Medical Assistance

By far the most important point—ensure that you and anyone else involved in the accident isn’t seriously hurt.

When you’re involved in an accident, your body can produce extra adrenalin, which has the effect of masking pain. You must take your time in evaluating your injuries, though, and remember that many injuries such as serious head traumas might not show any symptoms.

Even if it’s just as a precaution, it’s a good idea to get checked out by a medical professional, just to make sure that you are OK.

Call the Police

There are a number of situations where you should consider calling the police to the scene of the accident. If the other driver leaves the scene of the accident, you would be right to suspect that they might be uninsured or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or you might believe that the other driver caused the collision deliberately.

The police will be able to help you sort out the problem and ensure that everything is recorded correctly, giving you a better chance when it comes to making a claim.

Speak to a Lawyer  

There can be huge costs associated with being in a motorcycle accident, and you don’t want to end up with an unnecessary bill. If you’re properly insured then you should be covered, but it’s always good to have an experienced motorcycle accident injury lawyer on your side in order to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

The law is there to protect you, but you need somebody on your side who understands it. In today’s world, an accident can open you up to a lot of liability, so it’s always a good idea to seek professional help.

Record Details of the Crash

Make sure you get all the important information about the crash, such as the contact and insurance details of anyone else who was involved in the accident.

When we are involved in a traumatic experience such as a motorcycle crash, it can be easy to forget details, so make sure that you write everything down. Taking pictures of the scene and writing down anything that you remember will certainly help you when you come to make a claim.

Avoid Social Media Posts About the Accident

Social media plays a big part in our lives, and we want to share big events with people. When it comes to an accident, though, it’s best to avoid posting about it on your social media accounts.

Whatever you do post can be found by insurance companies and lawyers who are looking to undermine your insurance claim or court case.

Nobody wants to be in an accident, and many people believe they won’t, but they can and do happen, so it is important to know exactly what to do in the event of one. Hopefully this guide has cleared up the steps you should take if you do find yourself in a motorcycle accident.

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