Crucial Steps You Should Take After a Motorcycle Accident


July 6, 2023

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 
Motorcycle accident

It is indeed thrilling to ride a motorcycle but equally dangerous. Statistics show that motorcycle riders in the U.S. are 28 times more prone to fatal crashes compared to car drivers. As motorcyclists have less protection, they are likely to be severely injured after a wreck or might even die. Since these accidents are overwhelming and jarring, individuals are left unsure about the steps they should take in the aftermath. Therefore, it's essential to be prepared and stay informed about the crucial actions to ensure your safety and legal rights.

In this blog post, we'll outline the key steps to take after a motorcycle accident, guiding you through the necessary measures to protect yourself physically, emotionally, and legally.

Crucial Steps You Should Take After a Motorcycle Accident

Safety First

It's said safety comes first, and we couldn't agree more. Therefore, the first step is to move to a safe nearby - away from oncoming traffic. This step is crucial as you are exposed on the road plus it can prevent further injuries.

Once aside, turn on hazard lights, set up warning signals if possible, and assess your physical condition and that of others involved.

Call 911

Next, immediately call 911 for help and ask them to send medical aid and a police officer to document the event. This report can serve as essential documentation for insurance claims and legal proceedings. Provide accurate and honest information to law enforcement while refraining from admitting fault.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if injuries seem minor, seeking prompt medical attention is crucial. Some injuries may not manifest immediately. This is due to the adrenaline rush, which acts as pain-blocker masking potential injuries. Hence, it is essential to have a comprehensive medical assessment and checkup to identify and document any injuries for both immediate treatment and potential legal claims.

Use a Phone to Document the Scene

After the accident, if you can move and stand, use your phone to document the accident until the ambulance arrives. Make sure to take photos and make videos of the scene, traffic signal, road conditions, signage, and vehicles involved. Also, collect contact information from the witnesses. This will serve as evidence during litigation.

Exchange Information

Exchange the contact and insurance details with the other parties involved in the accident. Avoid discussing fault at the scene, as this can be determined later through legal processes. Simply exchange the necessary information to facilitate the claims process.

Avoid Passing Statements or Admitting Fault

Never admit your fault or make statements construed as an admission of guilt. Remember that fault determination is a complex process that requires careful consideration. And whatever you say then can be used or manipulated by the defendant to lower their liability. Therefore, don't say anything. Let the investigation unfold through appropriate channels.

Consult with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

It's advisable to consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer, especially if injuries or disputes about fault occur. The pivotal step following any injury is to reach out to a proficient personal injury attorney. After your accident, their expertise can help you navigate the intricate legal system, ensuring you avoid any missteps that might compromise your claim.

Wrapping Up

Regardless of the motorcycle accident's severity and injuries, consult our seasoned personal injury attorney. At Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we work towards our clients’ best interests. We assist you at every step and ensure you get fairly compensated. Our goal is to get you back on the road to recovery. Contact us at NM: (505) 210-7991 or CA: (909) 303-1565 for a free consultation!

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