Motorcycle accidents are often more dangerous than car accidents due to the lack of protection offered to riders. If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, knowing what to do next is essential.
Here’s what you should do after a motorcycle accident.
Check for Injuries
The first step is to check for injuries, including yourself and any passengers. If anyone is seriously injured, call an ambulance immediately. You should still seek medical attention even if there are no apparent injuries. Sometimes injuries can manifest hours or days later.
Move to a Safe Place
If possible, move your motorcycle to a safe place, like the roadside, to prevent further accidents. Turn on your hazard lights to signal other drivers.
Call the Police
Even if there are no injuries, you should still call the police to report the accident. The police will create an accident report, which can be helpful for insurance purposes.
Exchange information with the other driver, including their name, address, phone number, and insurance information. Take photos of both vehicles, the accident scene, and any injuries.
Photograph the Accident Scene
When it’s safe, take photos of the scene of the accident. This might be shortly after the accident when you’re waiting for law enforcement or exchanging information. Or it could mean returning to the scene or asking someone to return to the scene later to take the photos.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
After seeking medical attention, contacting an experienced motorcycle accident attorney should be your next step. A skilled attorney can help you navigate the legal process and obtain the maximum compensation you’re entitled to.
Getting involved in a motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience. That’s why it’s essential to know what to do next. By following the above steps, you’ll ensure your safety and have the necessary evidence to claim your compensation. Remember, it’s never too late to seek the help of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to guide you through the entire process.
For more information or to schedule a consultation to discuss your workplace injury or your eligibility for workers’ compensation coverage, contact Shugarman & Mehring at 410.783.4200 or toll-free at 888.342.7200.