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What Should I Do If I Am in a Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcycle accidents can lead to some of the most devastating injuries. Riders are particularly susceptible to sustaining more serious injuries than those in other vehicles, such as cars and trucks, because they lack the protections afforded to these other vehicles. Unlike cars and trucks, there are no airbags, seatbelts, or even walls and structures to protect riders. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may likely have sustained a significant injury. 

Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident

What exactly you should do after a motorcycle accident will largely depend on the extent of your injuries. If you are able to move safely, try and get to a safe location. Sometimes, motorcyclists end up in the middle of oncoming traffic after an accident. Get to someplace safe and once you are there, try and keep all of your protective gear on. Removing your gear could exacerbate any injuries you have sustained.

Call 911 as soon as possible. Hopefully, a witness to the accident has already done so, but be sure to do it yourself just in case. Once you have called 911, police and, likely, an ambulance will be dispatched to the scene. An official accident report will be generated as a result which will help with any personal injury claim you may wish to pursue. The ambulance will be available to provide you with emergency medical assistance and, if necessary, transport you to the hospital.

Even if you do not feel very hurt by the accident, go and get checked out. The adrenaline of the accident can have a numbing effect and prevent you from feeling the full force of your injuries. Some injuries may not fully present symptoms for several days. Seeking emergency medical evaluation may save you from having your injuries become much worse. Additionally, comply with any directions to receive and undergo follow-up medical treatment. Consistent treatment can be more than just essential for your health to improve to the maximum extent after the accident, but your medical records will be central pieces of evidence to support a personal injury claim seeking compensation for the harm you suffered as a result of the accident.

While talking to an insurance company may be the last thing you want to do after all you have been through, you are obligated to call your insurance company and inform them that you were in an accident. Do not worry, you should keep this conversation as concise as possible. Avoid any speculation, especially as it relates to who was at fault for the accident and the extent of your injuries. If you are unsure of the answer to a question, say you do not know as opposed to guessing at the answer.

Personal Injury Attorneys

At Stein & Shulman, LLC, we are here for injury victims during some of the toughest times of their lives. We see them when they are injured, struggling physically and financially, after an accident, and we are committed to fighting for them so that they receive the monetary compensation they deserve. Contact us today.