If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, get medical attention and the legal help you need. However, there are things that all bikers should know before they are at the scene of an accident.
Be calm and Move to safety.
- Don’t panic. You may feel like you need to get out of the way, but that’s not a good idea. If you are injured, you must remain calm and move away from potential danger as quickly as possible.
- Do not move if someone else is injured or injured in a crash; they need your help more than you do now!
- If there is an immediate threat of fire or other hazards (such as broken glass), move away from those areas immediately so that others can get out safely.
Obtain insurance information from the other party.
Once you can determine who was driving, ask for their name and address. You may also want to get the vehicle’s license plate number so that you can record it in case you are later asked by an insurance company or law enforcement about who was responsible for causing your accident.
You should also request any other information from them that might be helpful:
- Their driver’s license number
- The make, model and year of their car (if applicable)
- How fast were they going at the time of impact
Contact your insurance company.
Contact your insurance company right away. You’ll need their help to get everything taken care of and ensure you have all the right coverage and benefits.
First, call them at the number on your policy. If there’s not one listed on the card or bill (which is likely), look for any other contact information that says “Customer Service” or “Insurance Provider.” Then give them a few minutes to answer and ask if they can send an adjuster over right away—they may want some time before talking about anything else!
Once they’ve called back, tell them what happened: where were you going? What did this person look like? Were they driving recklessly toward another vehicle? How fast were they going when they hit yours? Ask questions until you feel confident enough in what happened so far that someone from their staff will be able to help with future issues related directly back into court proceedings later this week–such as whether or not anyone needs medical attention due either way around (you should always seek medical attention after an accident).
Seek medical help immediately.
You may not have realized it, but you can get injured even if you don’t think you are. The most common injuries that occur in a motorcycle accident include:
- Broken bones (shoulder, neck and ankle)
- Sprains/strains/pulls/sprains of muscles and tendons
- Concussions or “mild brain injuries” (i.e., mild traumatic brain injury)
Keep a record of your injuries and treatment.
Keeping a record of your injuries and treatment is important. This will help doctors determine if you have any future medical problems and help your insurance company understand what was done for treatment. Keep track of all medical care costs and lost wages due to injury or disability for at least six months following the incident.
Talk with an attorney about your legal options.
Talk with an attorney about your legal options. An experienced attorney can help you understand what happened and how the law applies to the situation.
An attorney may also be able to negotiate on your behalf if there are additional damages that were not covered by insurance coverage or if other parties were at fault for causing the accident.
A motorcycle accident is traumatic, and you need help getting well soon. Getting a reputable New York motorcycle accident lawyer with experience in this field is a perfect way to restore your peace.