What to do After a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents as motorcycle riders typically have less protection than a driver of a car or other vehicle. No amount of caution or preparation can completely protect a motorcyclist from the negligence of another driver.
If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you should consider the following information. Knowing what to do in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can help to protect your interests. As an injured victim, you may have the ability to seek compensation for your injuries. Speak to a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney who can guide you through the process.
After a motorcycle crash, consider the following:
- Check for possible injuries.
- One of the primary steps to take is to check for potential injuries on yourself and others involved.
- Dial 9-1-1 as soon as possible.
- Remove yourself from further potential dangers.
- After an impact, most motorcycle riders will be ejected from the motorcycle. This could place the motorcyclists into traffic, which could cause further injuries. If possible, remove yourself from the roadway.
- Gather important information.
- Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to obtain important information. If possible, exchange information with the other driver(s) involved.
- Collect the following: Name and contact information of the other driver, his or her license and insurance information, a detailed description of his or her vehicle. Take photographs of this information as well as vehicles involved in the incident.
- File a police report.
- After calling emergency medical services, it is likely that a police officer will respond to the scene. Be sure to file a police report describing your version of events as well as the any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing.
- Make note of the surroundings.
- As soon as possible, make note of the surroundings. In the aftermath of an accident, it can become easy to forget details about the event. Attempt to recall information in regard to the roadway conditions, weather condition, speed limits, the direction of travel, and the location of the accident. Take photographs if you can.
- Gather witness information.
- Seek to obtain the contact information of witnesses at the scene. This might not be attainable for all injured victims but could be beneficial if a claim is filed.
Motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic. Ensure that your rights are protected. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, consult with an experienced attorney to explore your rights and options.
The attorneys at Heiting & Irwin are dedicated to assisting victims of motorcycle accidents who sustained serious injuries caused by negligent parties. They are skilled and highly experienced in the field of auto and other related roadway accidents. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle, or any other kind of motor vehicle, accident seek proficient legal support as soon as possible.