What to Do After a Motorcycle Crash

If you’re the owner of a motorcycle, you know that close calls are a regular occurrence. Motorists are often preoccupied or just not taking the time to look out for motorcyclists. We hope you’re never in a serious accident, but the possibilities are real. In 2012 alone, 93,000 motorcyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, knowing what to do next is critical.

Some Tips to Follow

  • Check all involved parties for injuries. If anyone is unconscious, bleeding, or appears not to be breathing, call 9-1-1 immediately. Even if you feel fine, don’t assume you are uninjured. Even if you can’t detect anything, you may have injuries that don’t show any symptoms until hours or even days later. It’s best to visit your doctor as soon as possible for an expert opinion.
  • Take pictures. If you able to do so, take photographs of the accident scene. A smartphone can provide location information, so use that if you have one. Take photos from several angles, if possible.
  • Move out of harm’s way. If you are able to do so, move your motorcycle and the other vehicle out of traffic. Passersby may be distracted, causing further injuries and damage.
  • Gather information. Get as much information as possible from the other driver, including name, address, phone number, and insurance information. If you can, also get information from witnesses so they can be contacted later.

Don’t Admit Fault

Even if you believe the accident was your fault, don’t say so. There may be circumstances you don’t understand or aren’t aware of yet. You are also under great stress directly after an accident, and you may not be thinking clearly. It’s best not to give any information beyond what the police require for their accident report.

If the unthinkable happens and you’ve been involved in an accident while riding your motorcycle,contact us at Skaug Law. We have experience with motorcycle accidents, and our friendly attorneys can help you navigate the difficult times ahead.