All vehicular accidents are dangerous, but some tend to be more dangerous than others. For example, pedestrian parking lot accidents tend to have catastrophic consequences because the victims do not have the extra protection of their own vehicle. Victims of motorcycle accidents are similarly at risk. If you’re a motorcyclist yourself, you must know what to do after a motorcycle accident. That’s what we’d like to go over today.
Verify Your Safety
In the moments immediately after a motorcycle accident, you are going to be in shock. In all likelihood, your adrenaline will be running. This will make it so that, even if you did sustain an injury, you might not be in pain.
The first thing you should do is to make sure you’re in a safe place. If your accident occurred on a highway, see if you can get to the shoulder. If it took place on an urban or rural street, you may be able to get out of the road completely.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you should not remote protective gear. If you have any injuries, this could make it worse. Move onto the next step before you do so.
Once your own safety has been verified, it’s time to alert the authorities. You should call 911 and report that you have been in an accident. Even if the accident was not very severe, it is still your best practice to notify the police. They will ask you a few questions about the accident and, depending on its severity, the police and/or paramedics will arrive.
If it has been determined that you were injured, the next step should be to get immediate medical attention. You can leave this to the paramedics. If the injuries you sustained were minor, you can proceed to the next step.
Whether you believe the accident was your fault or not, you should collect evidence. When the police arrive, be sure to ask for a copy of the police report. Speak with the other driver as well for insurance and contact information.
One of the many benefits of living in the era of smartphones is that most of us have cameras in our pockets. Take advantage of this by taking some of your photographs for evidence. You also might want to consider taking notes; you might be surprised by the details you’d forget.
Get in Touch With a Lawyer
If you sustained an injury due to the other driver’s negligence, you should seek out a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. It is only right that the individual at fault should face repercussions for their negligence. What’s more is that a successful lawsuit can help to offset the costs of the medical attention you need as well as the damages to your vehicle.
After a motorcycle accident, do not delay to get in touch with a lawyer. If you wait too long, you may exceed the statute of limitations and find yourself unable to sue.
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