In Case of Motorcycle Accidents
What should you do after a motorcycle accident?
There is an old biker adage: “There are two types of riders. Those who have been down, and those who will go down.” Statistics say that the vast majority of motorcycle accidents involving multiple vehicle are not the rider’s fault. So what should you do as a rider? Take an approved safety course, and ride defensively. But be prepared when a motorcycle accident occurs. If it does, we recommend:
- The first thing you should do, if you are able to move, is make sure everyone is all right, and if need be, receives medical attention. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately.
- If possible, move all vehicles off the road to a safe location. Use hazard lights, flares, or warning triangles to alert any oncoming traffic.
- Exchange information with other drivers involved. Get the name, address, phone number, insurance information, and license numbers for all drivers. Note plate numbers, car make and models, and description.
- If anyone is injured, or is there is any substantial property damage (over $500), call the police! The police report can be vital in your efforts to recover for damage to your bike, clothing, or for injuries – many of which may not become evident for hours, or even days after an accident!
- If you think that you might have been injured, you should seek medical attention. Many injuries simply don’t manifest themselves for hours or sometimes days!
- This may be difficult depending upon how seriously you may be hurt, but try to take notice of important information about the accident. This includes where, when, and how. Specifically, try to take note of the location of the accident, road conditions, speed limits, weather, lighting, the direction of travel any vehicles involved.
- Try to interview all witnesses and record their comments either at the scene of the accident or as soon after as possible. Memories quickly fade; get as much information as you can immediately following the motorcycle crash.
Many of these things may be difficult depending upon how seriously you may be hurt, and remember, above all else, your first concern should always be safety and medical attention for you and anyone else involved in the accident. And see our Motorcycle Accident Do's and Don'ts.
If you have questions or concerns, contact a motorcycle accident attorney! Beware insurance companies asking for your signature, or offering you a check. This may preclude you from getting the full recovery to which you are entitled. Remember, that sweet old insurance adjuster has one priority -- pay out as little as possible! For more information about motorcycle accident insurance, click
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident or have questions regarding motorcycle insurance, feel free to send us an email or call or toll free hotline. Our motorcycle accident lawyers are happy to talk to you. There is never a charge or obligation for our initial consultation.