Nobody ever looks forward to being involved in an accident, so it is called an “accident.” You don’t plan for it neither do you see it coming until it happens. Research shows that motorcycles are 30 times more likely to be involved in an accident than a car. So, you may or may not own a motorcycle, but the chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident are not inevitable. What do you do if you ever get involved in one?
When an accident occurs, one may go into shock and not know how to react for the first few seconds or minutes, so it is important to begin to practice some of these tips even if you always have your guard up.
As soon as you realize what has happened, try not to panic. Look around your immediate environment and see if there are any spots you can safely get to; that is if you can move. The chances are that the accident occurred right on the road, and there could be drivers coming at full speed without realizing what has happened already. If there are other accident victims, see if you can get them to safety before you reach for your phone.
Never underestimate the degree of harm caused by an accident. Grab a phone and put a call through to the emergency services and explain what has happened to the best of your knowledge. Ask anyone around for a phone if you do not have yours on you. There is no shame in asking for help, especially after an accident.
You may or may not be able to do this at the scene of the incident, depending on the severity of the crash. The professionals behind Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC stress that you shouldn’t head to the insurance company right away to lay claims as they might offer a low settlement. A lawyer or attorney who is well-versed in handling accident claims is in the best position to know what to do or say to the insurance company. If you do not have one already, start researching one in your area and contact them as soon as possible.
Don’t remove your clothes or any protective gear you have on even when you have gotten to safety, at least until the paramedics arrive. Removing clothing items and extra outfits may increase the severity of injuries if not properly done, and while you may think you have no injuries, that may not be the case. During such events, adrenaline production is high, reducing the intensity of pain, so don’t always trust your feelings after an accident. Again, don’t get undressed.
While waiting for the police and medical team to arrive, take a look at the scene to see if there are any pieces of evidence you could gather. Be careful not to walk back to the spot where the accident occurred to avoid worsening any injuries you may have or putting yourself at further risk by being on the road. Take as many photos as you can of the scene and yourself as these may prove useful in court. If there are other casualties, take photos of them and ask them for further information on themselves. If you are unable to do this, just stay calm and wait for the police to arrive.
When the paramedics arrive, do not shrug their questions off with “I’m fine”. You may look and feel fine at the moment, but you can’t rule out the possibility of internal injuries until you get a thorough check-up. Allow the medical team to do their job, and don’t hesitate to tell them how you feel. If you begin to experience new symptoms days or weeks after the incident, don’t dismiss it with a pain reliever. Consult a doctor.
Once the on-site police file a report on the accident, request a copy. If, for any reason, you are unable to do that on the day of the accident, try to send a request to the police department in charge when you can. You would need it when you speak with your lawyer.
Many other ideas may come to mind when involved in a motorcycle accident and while you may want to act on all of them at once, avoid doing so. Always get to safety first, and then you can proceed to call for help or get someone around to do so for you. It is always more important to be proactive but never forget the essentials in case of an emergency.
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