What To Do When You Are Involved In A Motorcycle Accident
Nobody prepares for accidents but they do happen. Motorcycle riders are usually more prone to accidents than motorists because they are more exposed.
When a car accident involves a motorist and a motorcyclist, the latter usually sustains an injury while the occupants of the car will be safe. This is why it is very important for all motorcyclists to know what to do immediately after an accident. Even motorists too should also know what to do immediately after a car accident.
Whether the accident is mild with little or no injury or it is a complete car wreck, you should always know the right steps to take. You should never drive away from the scene of a car wreck or a mild accident. If you are involved in a car or motorcycle accident, riding or driving away from an accident scene is a sign of guilt. It means you know you are guilty.
Instead, you should not only stay behind, you should even protect the scene. Depending on the location, an accident could lead to further accidents if oncoming motorists and motorcyclists are not notified. You can set up flares. This will make oncoming motorists slow down.
Even if the accident is not serious and your motorcycle didn’t get damaged, it is better to call the police. Having the police as your witness will be very helpful if you need to file a claim with your insurance company. But police can only witness if the vehicles and motorcycles in the accident are left the way they are. It will be easy for the cops to figure out who is really at fault. The only reason you can move the vehicle(s) away from the scene of the accident is if they are obstructing the smooth flow of traffic.
When the police officers arrive, you will also have to explain exactly what happened as the condition and location of the vehicles and motorcycles alone cannot give them full understanding of what really happened. Even if you think you are at fault, make sure you tell the truth. They will definitely listen to the other parties and passers-by too. The truth always comes out eventually.
If you have a camera or your mobile phone has a good camera, it is important to take pictures of your damaged motorcycle and if you have injuries, you should take their pictures too. Some injuries may be in a place where you can’t snap your head or your back. You should seek assistance on that. The pictures are going to be useful as evidence to file a claim. If your picture taking session will interfere with the ongoing investigation, you should wait until after the investigation to take the shots.
The earlier you report the accident to your insurance company the better. This is because they will also conduct their own investigations. It is easier to also find out the truth if they carry out their investigation when the accident is fresh.
You need to go for a medical checkup even if you think you are very fine. This is because some wounds are usually not apparent immediately. It will take some time before they begin to manifest. It is very important to take x-ray of some parts of your body as there may be a fracture.
Most importantly, you should seek the services of a lawyer. You attorney will help to vet your statement to be sure that it can’t be rendered unacceptable during cross-examination. He may even rewrite it for you if that becomes the only option left to boost your chances of winning your case.
Your lawyer may be an acquaintance of the judge of your case. If that happens, this could swing the verdict of the case in your favor. Knowing your judge will help your attorney defend you better as he already knows the belief, principles, and policies of your judge.
In conclusion, you should have these tips at the back of your hand. You may not be the one involved in a motorcycle accident but someone close to you. With these tips, you should be able to him aright.