Motorcycle accidents can be common, due to drivers not paying attention to their surroundings or having a bike in their blind spots. These types of accidents can be dangerous, as individuals on motorcycles have a lot less protection surrounding them at the time of impact.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, what should you do?
Step 1: Make sure you are okay
If you are side swiped by a car on the street, chances are that you might be badly banged up. Your priority should be making sure that you are alright. Check yourself for injuries present on the body. If you are not in need of serious medical care, you may move on to the next steps. If you are in serious care, call 9-1-1 and get medical attention.
Step 2: Move out of the road
Depending on the business of the street where you were in the accident, you may want to move your motorcycle out of the way of oncoming traffic. Once you and the other driver are safely out of the road, you can continue to work out the situation.
Step 3: Take photos of the damage
Eventually, you may submit a claim to you or the other driver’s insurance. It is important to have evidence of the damage that was caused to your bike as well as yourself. This may help prove liability of the other driver.
Step 4: Exchange information
Assuming that you were not involved in a hit-and-run, exchange insurance information, name, phone number and address of the other party. In case you need to get in contact with them down the road, you do not want to be in a situation where you are without the information you need.
Step 5: Call the police
Having the police arrive to the scene, take statements from you and the other driver and assess the situation can be beneficial. They may also create a police report, which you can access and use as evidence in any case you make.
Step 6: Seek medical attention
Even if you do not think you are badly injured, a trip to the doctor may be wise. Make sure to keep a close eye on yourself over the next week, looking for latent signs of injury. If you find any, you may want to see a doctor right away.