Being in a motorcycle accident can be an overwhelming experience. Even if you have merely driven by the scene of a motorcycle accident, you know the devastation that can occur. That being said, those who have been in a motorcycle accident can take immediate measures to protect themselves and their legal rights. Here, we will discuss what you should do if you are ever in a motorcycle accident. Knowing these things ahead of time can help you focus your attention after experiencing such a shock.
What to Do If You Are in a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, your first priority is to get to somewhere safe. If you were injured in an intersection or on a roadway, do your best to get out of harm’s way. Try to avoid removing any protective gear you may have been wearing at the time of the accident as this may exacerbate any injuries you sustained. Once you get to a safe location, call 911. Depending on the nature of the accident, it is likely that both police and paramedics will arrive on the scene.
Your immediate priority is seeking immediate medical attention. Even if you do not feel as though you sustained any serious injury, getting evaluated by a doctor can be important to make sure there are no immediate threats to your health and well-being. Furthermore, symptoms of certain injuries may not present in part or in full until several days after an accident. Immediate medical care can help ease the impact of your injuries. Additionally, seeking medical care right away can be a critical part of supporting any future accident injury claim you make later on.
In addition to seeking immediate medical assistance for any injuries you may have sustained in the accident, comply with your doctor’s recommendation for any follow-up care your injuries may necessitate. Yes, doctor appointments and treatment can be a burden, but they can also be essential to see that you properly heal from your injuries. Continuous medical treatment and complying with doctor recommendations for treatment will also play an essential role in any personal injury claim you should seek.
While it may be difficult to do so after an accident, especially depending on the extent of your injuries, try to gather evidence at the accident scene. Take pictures of any property damage, of your injuries, and of the accident scene itself. If there were any witnesses, consider getting their contact information. Be sure to also get a copy of the official accident report filed by the law enforcement officer who arrives on the scene and check it for accuracy.
You will also need to contact your insurance company to notify them of the accident as this is a contractual obligation you have to your insurance provider. Keep your statements to your insurance provider succinct and avoid speculation, especially as it relates to who was at fault for causing the accident and the extent of your injuries. Note that you have no obligation to speak to any other insurance company but your own.
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