Being in an accident is never a good thing, and suffering a motorcycle accident can be a terrible experience. If you or a loved one drives a motorcycle, you should know what to do if an accident occurs.
Stay On The Scene
Whenever you’re involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, you should always stay on the scene. Make sure to pull to the side of the road or out of the flow of traffic, if possible. Doing so ensures that further injuries or damage don’t occur. Never leave the scene until a law enforcement officer or medical personnel has let you know it is okay to do so.
It’s essential to contact authorities if an accident occurs so that statements can be made and details can be properly documented. Having law enforcement officers present will ensure everything is done correctly. It will also help you with the facts and documentation if you must appear in court or file a claim with an insurance company.
Get Medical Attention
It is important to seek medical attention if you are injured in an accident, especially if your injuries are serious. Even if you don’t believe you have sustained any wounds, you should contact your primary care provider for a routine physical. This is because you may have sustained an injury you are not aware of, like whiplash, a concussion or internal bleeding.
Make sure you keep all documentation from the accident so you can file an insurance claim for damages or injuries. Details like license plate numbers, names, addresses, police reports and insurance information are all important to collect. If there are other drivers involved who are hesitant about giving you their insurance information, name and contact information, you should ask authorities to assist. The drivers may be uninsured, underinsured, unlicensed or under the influence. That could cause a big headache for you if not properly documented.
You will want to file a claim for any damages or injuries through your insurance, or theirs, depending on the situation. Keep a record of all correspondence with all insurance providers for all parties involved.
Contact an Attorney
If you need to contact an attorney for any reason during this process, make sure you choose one who is knowledgeable and professional. If you’ve been involved in an accident and need an attorney, please do not hesitate to contact The Holman Law Firm.