Motorcycle accidents can be terrifying. Whether you believe the accident was your fault or not, it is important to follow these five steps directly following a collision:
1. Move to a safe location: After you determine that you did not sustain any injuries, move yourself and your motorcycle to a safe location off the roadway. It is important to use your hazard lights and wait until it is safe to move to avoid additional injuries.
2. Call the police: While the other driver might not want to involve the police or insurance, it is important to call 911. A police report can be essential if you want to recover compensation for your damaged property or if you sustained any injuries, and it can prevent the other person from making false claims against you later on.
3. Exchange information: Even if you have called the police, make sure you get the person's name, address, phone number, driver’s license and license plate information while the police are on their way. That way, if the other person leaves before the police arrive, you can give the driver’s information to police officers.
4. Speak to witnesses: Witnesses can help provide useful testimony in a motor vehicle accident. If anyone stops to help you out after the collision, write down their contact information and have them provide a description of what they saw occur.
5. Seek medical attention: Even if you did not suffer any major injuries, make an appointment with a physician. You might have suffered serious internal damage in the accident that could be fatal if left untreated.
It is important that you never admit fault for the accident. Even apologizing out of politeness can have serious ramifications. If you recently were involved in a motorcycle accident, consult with an experience motorcycle accident attorney to help you recover the compensation you deserve.