10 Things to Do Right Away If you’ve been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident

 

Accidents are terrifying experiences. They are even more terrifying when it happens to you.  Being prepared to deal with the first few minutes and hours can make a big difference – both in terms of your recovery and insurance.

So if you do happen to find yourself in such an unfortunate situation, following these ten steps might help.

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If you’ve had a bad tumble, it would be wise to not move until medical help arrives. This is particularly important if you start feeling numb in any part of your body. If you have sustained internal injuries or have a spinal cord injury, even the slight of movements can cause irreparable damage. So be careful.


 

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The ‘stay put’ option works fine if you are out of harm’s way. Otherwise, in case there’s a gas leak, make sure you turn off the engine and switch on the hazards. Try and move yourself off the roadside to avoid oncoming traffic and any further injury. 


 

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People on the spot are very helpful but once the help arrives and the scene is cleared, they might end up thinking that it’s better to not get involved. So when you need testimonies of these people, having their numbers and names would be of great help.


 

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Take as many pictures as you can of the entire incident. Make sure you get every angle of the bike, the relevant road patch and your own injuries. These will help you when you are filing for insurance.  


 

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Cooperate fully with the medical personnel and answer whatever questions they ask you – as long as these questions relate to your injuries and the purpose of understanding them. You don’t want to end up giving a statement under the influence of pain killers or anesthetics. In such a condition, you might not be able to decide on the facts and these statements might be used against you by the other party (s).  


 

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Whether injuries were sustained or not and irrespective of the enormity of the damages, call the police in any case. The accident must be reported. It is not only your legal duty but could also help you when filing claim. 


 

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It is always advisable to call a relative or friend. With accidents, you never know when you might lose consciousness. In addition, friends and family can help you take pictures and note down the names and contact numbers of potential witnesses. 


 

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Early on, the long term affects of an accident cannot be predicted. Broken bones, ruptured muscles and other internal injuries take a lot of time to heal. Some might manifest days or even weeks after the accident. Therefore, it is important that you visit your doctor on a regular basis.


 

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If it’s a hit and run, try your best to note down the vehicle’s registration number. Report the number to the police immediately and if you can’t make the call yourself, get a friend to do it, as soon as possible. In case you were unable to get it, ask witnesses if any of them got the license plate number. 


 

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Be very careful with insurance adjusters, especially if they are from the other party’s insurance company. Do not talk to them unless you have spoken with your lawyer first.  In addition to that, don’t sign ANY documents, whatsoever. To make sure your legal rights are protected and you don’t have to compromise on your claim, get in touch with your attorney before giving out any information.

Getting into an accident, no matter what the damage, can be extremely devastating. Not only does it cost you physically and emotionally, it can put a dent in your wallet too. In the event of an accident, your medical and automobile insurance both come into play. If you handle the situation sensibly, you can save yourself from further trouble.