What To Do After Being Involved In A Motorcycle Accident. Today’s guest blog is by RB Bormaster Law and Associates. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Marc J. Victor, P.C.
Three Things You Need To Do Immediately After A Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycles are pretty grand, aren’t they? The feel of the wind around you as you rocket down the highway, the sound of the engine as you turn the handles, the thrill of weaving around other vehicles on the road; it’s not hard to see why so many people love them. Thing is, while bikes can make for a pretty exciting commute, they can also be extremely dangerous – more to the driver than anyone else.
Just as with larger automobiles, even the most cautious bikers may at one point or another find themselves in an accident. Unlike with larger vehicles, these accidents have a much higher capacity for causing serious injury or death. As such, how you handle yourself in the aftermath makes a huge difference.
Whether you’re the motorcyclist or the other party, here are a few steps you need to take after a motorcycle accident.
Make Sure Everyone is Uninjured (And Safe)
First – and most importantly – you’re going to want to talk to everyone else who was involved in the accident. Is everyone conscious and lucid? Does anyone appear to have any serious injuries?
What about the accident scene itself? Can you get everyone to safety? Do you have access to pylons or other warning indicators to inform approaching cars of the accident scene?
Remember that it may not always be possible to get everyone off the road after an accident. Never try to move someone who’s unconscious, lest you risk worsening whatever injuries they’ve experienced. Call 911 immediately instead.
They’re trained to deal with that kind of thing – you’re not.
Document The Scene
Before moving any debris or disturbing the scene of the accident, document it. Take photos of everything, and talk to everyone else involved about what happened. Remember, though, that you should be careful what language you use when describing your experience, both to other individuals involved and when speaking to the authorities.
- Be as descriptive as possible. Instead of simply saying “an accident occurred,” say something like “the motorcycle and vehicle collided with one another.”
- Stay away from words and phrases that could shift the blame for the accident on you. Stick to factual, impassive statements, and don’t use language like I, my, we, ours.
- Even if you feel like you’re probably to blame, it’s in your best interest to never admit fault. Don’t agree with any statements or assertions that you were responsible for the collision.
- Don’t try placing the blame on the other party in an accident, either – simply make a note of the reasons you think they may be at fault. You can submit those reasons to your insurance company afterward.
- Speak to any witnesses to see if they can give you a more complete idea of what happened.
- Exchange insurance and contact information with the other motorists involved in the accident. If someone refuses to give you their insurance information, that’s a serious red flag – you might consider covertly nabbing a photo of their license plate, or simply informing the police that they would not give you their details.
Contact Your Insurance Company (And an Attorney)
Once you’ve fully taken stock of your surroundings and called the authorities, your last step is to get in touch with your insurance company. Again, don’t admit fault – simply give them a thorough report of what happened. It may be worthwhile to wait until you’ve calmed down a bit before contacting them.
Whether or not you were injured, it’s also worthwhile to get in touch with an attorney. There’s always a chance that one of the other parties will seek damages, just as there’s the possibility that you’ve suffered an injury without realizing it. It’s better to be safe than sorry, at the end of the day.