7 Things to do After a Motorcycle Accident.
#1. Safety First
Get off the road and out of the way of traffic. Stay far away from vehicles that are leaking gas or are on fire.
#2 Check for Injuries
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injuries than road users because they don’t have the protection of car metal around them and safety belts aren’t an option. For this reason, few motorcyclists walk away from a motorcycle accident entirely unharmed. Call 9-1-1 for medical help for yourself and others who may be injured.
Even if you don’t have visible injuries, get yourself checked out by a doctor as soon as possible to make sure that there isn’t trauma that isn’t immediately noticeable.
5. Stay on the Scene
5. Stay on the Scene
Don’t leave the scene of the accident until you’ve exchanged insurance and contact information with the driver, and law enforcement has recorded the details of the collision.
#6. Take Pics
Fortunately, we live in the age of cell phones. Take photographs of the accident scene from different angles, and take close-ups of the damage to your motorcycle and the driver’s car. Make sure you’re as thorough as possible with this. Your insurance company will process your claim faster if photographs are attached, and your claim is more likely to be successful.
Ask the people at the accident scene if they saw what happened and if they have, whether you can contact them. Sadly, many people don’t want to be hassled by insurance companies and court cases and may be unwilling to help. Don’t try to force or persuade them but if they do cooperate, make sure to at least get their phone number.
Riding motorcycles is a joy, but motorcycle accidents often result in life-changing injuries. Prevent harm to yourself by:
- wearing protective gear, especially a helmet
- never driving when you’re drug or alcohol impaired
- never exceeding the speed limit
- slowing down if the weather is bad
- obeying all the traffic laws
- always riding within traffic lanes and not between them
- watching out for reckless motorists and driving defensively
If you are involved in a motorcycle collision, contact us at 480-351-1734. We’ll have you back on the road quickly and safely.