Steps to Take if You Are in a Motorcycle Accident
Getting out on a motorcycle and touring our beautiful nation is compelling. Whether you ride or love someone who does, you're most likely aware of how vulnerable a motorcycle operator is. Compared to cars and other four-wheeled vehicles, motorcycles have around 16 times more the going rate for people being either involved with a serious injury or losing their lives. We hope this never happens to anyone in our community.
There are several things to do after you've been in a motorcycle accident.
Stay Calm and Call for Help
The most important thing to remember is to stay calm. When it's safe to do so, check on yourself and others. Call 9-1-1 and wait for help.
Exchange Insurance Information and Take Pictures
After a motorcycle collision, exchange insurance information with the other party. It's essential to take pictures of the incident where it's safe to do so. Attempt to get photos of the vehicles, the damage, the roadway, weather, and anything else you think might be helpful. Qualified motorcycle accident lawyers will use these photos later to assist in negotiating with an insurance company.
Cooperate with Paramedics
If there are injuries involved, be as cooperative as possible with the paramedics and go to the hospital if necessary. As a matter of habit, if anyone has been in a vehicle accident of any kind, they should always at least go to an urgent care facility to get checked out and receive initial medical care. In addition to being wise, lawyers will use the information found here as a basis to begin part of your claim, should you pursue one.
Don't Repair the Bike
One of the main things that will keep you up at night is wondering how fast it will take to fix your bike. For the best result in getting fair compensation from the at-fault party's insurance company, is not to fix the bike right away. You're better off leaving it alone and having it transported to your home or trusted mechanic until experienced lawyers can advise you on what steps to take next.
Don't Discuss Things on Social Media
It's tempting to update your social media channels with status updates and pictures of your motorcycle accident. Please avoid doing this as, during a lawsuit, anything you write on a social media channel can be misconstrued by other parties to support their argument against your claims of innocence. It's always better to let the facts speak for themselves. Motorcycle accident lawyers can help present your facts accurately.
Our Team of Lawyers Can Help
In this article, we've provided tips on what you need to do if you're involved in an accident and how not to make it worse with some everyday actions that may seem helpful but instead can be detrimental when dealing with insurance company claims. We hope these insights help keep you safe during your next ride! Contact us today for help on getting through the aftermath of your motorcycle accident.