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What to do if you have been in a motorcycle accident

You never thought it would happen, but it has. You have just been in an accident on your motorcycle.

What should you do next?

Safety first

Your safety is the priority. Check yourself for injuries, and if applicable, check your passenger. Call 911 immediately if anyone needs help, even if you think an injury may be minor. It is better to be safe than sorry, and internal bleeding can be extremely dangerous.

If everyone seems okay and the scene poses risks, try to move to a safe place such as a parking lot or the shoulder of the road. If nothing else, you can use flares or hazard lights to surround the accident. This way, you should avoid injury from inattentive drivers.

Collect information

Record information such as the names of everyone involved. For example, if a car ran into your motorcycle, you would gather the driver’s name and insurance information as well as the car’s license plate number, make and model. Do not panic just yet if you discover that the driver does not have insurance; there are ways for you to get the compensation you need for any medical bills and to repair your motorcycle.

As part of recording information, you can take photos of the accident scene and take down the contact information of witnesses. No matter what you do, avoid assigning blame. This is true even if you think the accident is your fault. You do not know the facts. You have no idea if the driver of the car had a few beers before getting behind the wheel, for instance.

Contact the police

By now, it is time to contact the police if they have not shown up already. Insurance companies typically require a police report in order to process a claim.

The final steps are to get in touch with an attorney and to contact your insurance company (unless your attorney does it for you). You should also consider seeing a doctor to get checked out. You may feel okay or only slightly injured, but many motorcycle injuries become worse over time.

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