7 Things to do After Being in a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle crashes can cause devastating injuries. Motorcycle crashes accounted for 13 percent of all deaths from motor vehicle accidents in 2016. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, stay calm and contact emergency services. You will need to take several steps to make sure that you protect your legal rights.

1. Seek medical attention for yourself and anyone else involved in the accident. The most important thing to do first after an accident is to make sure that anyone who needs medical treatment is seen by first responders right away. Make sure to get to a safe location away from traffic if your vehicle was disabled by the crash.

2. Report the accident to the police. You should always report an accident to police as soon as possible and avoid relying on eyewitnesses and license plate numbers to track down drivers involved in a crash. If it is not possible to call police to the scene of the accident, report it at the police station and insist on a report being filed. Do not admit fault for the accident or offer apologies at the scene.

3. Exchange information with the drivers of any other vehicles involved in the accident and obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses. You will need the name and insurance information of the at-fault driver. If you fail to obtain it, make sure that you get a police report since this information should be listed there.

4. Take photos of the accident. Take as many photos as you can at the scene of the accident if possible. Make sure the photos show weather conditions, road signs and people involved in the accident. Store the photos in a safe place like a backup drive if you took them using your phone.

5. Contact your insurance company. You will need to notify your insurance company of the accident and follow their instructions to obtain a rental vehicle if your vehicle needs repairs.

6. Seek follow-up care with your doctor and document your injuries. Make sure to follow the instructions you were given at the emergency room and pay attention to how you feel the first few days after a crash. Many people do not notice pain until two or three days after a crash due to their adrenaline levels suppressing pain at the time of the accident. If your doctor refers you to a specialist, make sure you go to all appointments. Keep a diary to track your pain from day to day.

7. Contact an attorney. After an accident, you may be facing costly medical bills, lost wages and weeks or months spent recovering. A personal injury lawyer can help make sure you are treated fairly by the insurance company of the person who caused the accident.

A motorcycle accident can be devastating. Follow these 7 steps to make sure that you preserve your right to a legal claim and contact an attorney right away.

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