It is a rare thing when a motorcyclist is involved in an accident and walks away unscathed. Even at low speeds a motorcyclist can be seriously injured from sliding on the ground, being pinned by their bike, or being directly hit by another vehicle. This isn’t meant to scare motorcyclists from doing what they love — it is meant to convey the importance of being prepared if the worst should happen. By knowing what to do ahead of time, you can keep yourself safe and protect your rights. Here’s what you should do after you are injured in a motorcycle accident.
Ensure your safety.
The most immediate concern of yours should be to get to a safe place as quickly as possible. Even if you are in pain from your injuries, you must get clear of the road at the very least.
Attend to your injuries.
Take some time to assess the damage now. Beginning with your head and going down your entire body, check yourself for injuries. Your adrenaline will be pumping and you will be shaken up, so it might be difficult to tell just how serious your injuries are. But if you suspect any broken bones, internal damage, significant bleeding, or a head injury, get help immediately.
Call the police to report the accident.
If you are able, call the police and ask for an ambulance as soon as possible. This is the quickest way for you to get the medical attention you need. But if you are incapable, alert a passerby or the other driver to call and get you help.
Keep your mouth shut.
If you talk to the police over the phone or anyone else around the area, don’t talk in detail about the accident. Even if you are seriously disorientated, anything you say could hurt your case should you press charges. Especially be careful if you talk with the other driver involved in the accident — you don’t want to admit any guilt or point any fingers in anger.
Call a motorcycle accident lawyer.
At this stage, you could call your insurance agent to notify them of the accident and file a claim. But, if you plan to take legal action, it is a better idea to contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in motorcycle accidents first. Your attorney will be able to advise you on how to talk to insurance companies so you don’t hurt your case.
Did you know that about 80% of crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles are caused by automobiles hitting the motorcycle from the front? This shocking statistic means that many motorcyclists are seriously injured as a result of the negligence of others on the road.
If this unfortunately happens to you, call the personal injury attorneys at Lanzotti & Rau. We have helped countless automobile accident victims receive compensation to care for their injuries and replace lost wages. To see if we are a good fit for your case, schedule a free consultation with us at 573-335-9300.