Nearly 5,000 people were killed in accidents involving motorcycles in 2018. And, many more were injured. While this number is decreasing slightly each year, motorcycle accidents are still an unfortunately common occurrence. If you are involved in such an accident, the stress of the situation often makes it difficult to know what to do. If you ride your motorcycle frequently, it's wise to be prepared should you find yourself in an accident.
Five things you should do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident
1. See to your own safety, first. You can't help someone else if you're not safe yourself. This means making sure that you're unharmed and moving your bike out of traffic.
2. Access the situation and call for medical assistance if necessary. If someone else is injured, first call 911 for assistance, so they can be getting to the scene while you further investigate. Offer first aid, if you are trained, but do not remove the helmet from anyone who has been injured or move them unless they are in danger where they are.
3. Take notes and photos to document the accident. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, it's important to jot down a few notes and take images on your phone if you are able. The trauma of the accident can make memory foggy as time elapses, so it's a good idea to make notes while the accident is still fresh in your mind.
4. Get contact information from witnesses. If you are able, get contact information from other motorists or pedestrians who may have seen the accident. Your lawyer will likely want to talk with these people.
5. Contact a motorcycle accident attorney. It's not too early to contact an attorney from the scene of the accident. The aftermath of a traumatic accident is no time to be teaching yourself personal injury law. A good attorney has the experience, the education, and the contacts to make sure that you get funds to cover your medical bills and provide for your family until you have fully recovered.
If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you need someone to represent your interests. Hiring a skilled motorcycle accident attorney can help you get the funds you need to pay medical bills and take care of your family. In most cases, your attorney won't charge you a fee until/unless they collect funds on your behalf.
Reach out to a motorcycle accident attorney today to learn more.Share