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Friday, March 19, 2021

What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

Being involved in an accident can leave you feeling like the world is spinning. You may be hurt, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. This can all be especially true if you were riding a motorcycle when the accident occurred. The open nature of motorcycles can leave you feeling even more exposed than if you were in an enclosed vehicle with the protection of the walls, roof, seatbelts, and airbags.

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, try to stay as calm as possible. We realize this is much easier said than done, but keeping calm can be important to protecting your health, wellbeing, and future claims you may wish seeking compensation for the injuries and other losses sustained in the accident. Here, we will discuss things you should remember to do if you are ever in a motorcycle accident.

What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

After a motorcycle accident, if you are able to do so, try and move yourself to a safer location. You may have been in an accident in the middle of the roadway or near other hazards. Get to a safe place as soon as possible. Once there, stay put. Call 911 right away and wait for the police and, most likely, an ambulance to arrive on the scene. Having law enforcement come to the scene of the accident means that an official accident report will be created. This can be valuable evidence in future insurance claims and personal injury claims you make later on.

While it may be difficult depending on our injuries, try to document as much as possible at the scene of the accident. This may include getting the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident. It may also include taking pictures of the accident scene, including pictures of any property damage sustained and any injuries sustained. Pictures can be powerful and compelling pieces of evidence when it comes to making a personal injury claim as well as a claim for property damage.

In saying all of this, your priority after an accident should really be seeking immediate medical attention. Make your health your number one priority after an accident. This is especially true considering how undiagnosed or untreated accident injuries can have far-reaching and severe health implications on a person. Go get checked out by a doctor. Be sure to comply with any doctor recommendations to receive follow-up medical care. Being consistent with your medical treatment will help make your successful recovery more likely. Additionally, consistent medical treatment can be a crucial element in seeing your personal injury claim succeed. Medical evidence plays an instrumental role in support any assertion that injury was sustained in an accident.

Also, be sure to inform your insurance company that you were involved in an accident. You are under a contractual obligation to do so. Avoid talking to the insurance company for any other person involved in the accident before you seek trusted legal counsel. You are under no such obligation to speak to any other insurance company.

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