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What to do after a motorcycle accident

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | Personal Injury

Being injured in a motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience. Motorcyclists are typically the ones to suffer serious injuries in an accident due to the small size of motorcycles compared to other vehicles on the road.

The size of a motorcycle is also sometimes a factor in the cause of the accident. Other vehicles might not see a motorcyclist or if they do, believe that they do not have the same rights to the road. This is not true.

No motorcyclist wants to be involved in an accident, but if you are, there are some steps you should take immediately after the injury.

Move to a safe place but do not move your motorcycle

If you are able, move yourself to a safe place. Keep your gear on and limit your movement. Trying to remove your gear can cause additional injuries. Call 911 and wait for the police and ambulance to arrive.

Do not move your motorcycle. This may be difficult for you if your motorcycle means a lot to you. However, moving your motorcycle is bad for several reasons.

Your motorcycle is evidence. Moving it could compromise any future claim for damages since evidence should be preserved exactly in the state it was in when the accident happened.

Furthermore, if you are injured, moving your motorcycle could worsen any injuries you sustained in the crash. This could cause complications when trying to determine the cause of your injuries if you pursue a personal injury claim.

Remain calm until the police and emergency services arrive. Recognize that you may be in shock, which is common after a distressing experience like a motorcycle accident.

Interacting with the police and emergency personnel

When the police arrive, tell them what happened but do not admit fault for the accident. Do not apologize, which could be taken as an admission of fault.

Answer their questions about what happened. Obtain their names and badge numbers and ask for a copy of the police report.

Follow the instructions of any emergency personnel and take care of treating your injuries first.

Take photos or videos of the accident scene. This is an extremely important step because it is often the most accurate representation of what happened.

You may not be physically able to take pictures or videos yourself. Do not be afraid to ask a witness or bystander to do it for you with your phone.

Considering your options as you recover

After you have treated your injuries, consider your options for pursuing compensation. You will likely receive a settlement offer from the other driver’s insurance company at some point.

Settling too soon is a common mistake accident victims make. It is natural to accept the first offer because you need compensation as soon as possible, but insurance companies count on this.

Pursuing compensation through a personal injury claim for negligence could be a better option. Negligence means the other driver failed in their duty to drive safely and caused your injuries.

Establishing negligence can result in compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering, which are often high for motorcycle accident victims. It is important to know how to prove negligence, since your overall compensation could be reduced or even barred if the other driver claims you were negligent, as well.