A motorcycle accident is an understandably stressful situation. Knowing what to do after an accident occurs can help keep you safe and allow you to gather evidence that could help with possible legal action.
The following tips will help you know how to protect yourself after a motorcycle accident:
Get to a safe place
You'll need to get off the roadway as quickly as possible. Make sure you’re a safe distance away if a vehicle is leaking gasoline or on fire. Call 911 if you or anyone else is injured.
Call law enforcement
You'll need to report the accident to the appropriate law enforcement agency. They’ll be able to direct traffic safely around the scene of the accident, arrange for vehicles to be removed if necessary, take witness statements, and file a police report.
If possible, use your cell phone to take photos of the accident scene, showing close-up views of the damage to your motorcycle and photos showing the other vehicle and yours together. Make sure to show any relevant traffic signs or signals and nearby buildings. Finally, take photos of any visible injuries you may have.
Keep your cool
Don't lose your temper with the other driver or argue about who was at fault. Make sure to not admit fault. You may be upset and may not fully realize or understand what happened.
Stay at the scene
As long as your injuries don't prevent you from doing so, you should stay at the scene of the accident to talk with the responding law enforcement officer. You can get insurance information from the other driver, as well as contact information. This will also let you answer the officer’s questions on the scene, while the events are still fresh in your mind.
Seek medical attention
You may be injured but not be aware of it. This can happen, if you have a concussion or have internal bleeding. Make sure to keep record of any doctor's reports, bills, medication records, and any other documentation.
If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the law firm of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-GGRM (4476). We offer a free consultation to discuss your case, and our experienced attorneys will advise you on the best course of action.