As a motorcycle owner, you know just how much fun it can be to hit the open road. With the wind in your face and nothing standing between you and freedom, you’ll feel an immediate sense of independence.
Unfortunately, some people don’t take kindly to motorcyclists. Instead, they aren’t willing to share the road with you. Even worse, some go out of their way to make your life miserable.
With all this in mind, you know that it’s possible to be involved in a motorcycle accident at some point. This is why you do your best to pay attention, prevent trouble, and always wear the best protective gear at all times.
Steps to Take After an Accident
As a motorcyclist, you hope that you’re never involved in an accident. At the same time, you know that this could happen even if you do everything right in regards to obeying the law.
For this reason, you need to have a plan in the event that you are involved in an accident. This will go a long way in ensuring that you take the right steps at the right time.
Here are five things you need to do:
Remove Yourself from Traffic
Obviously, this is easier said than done. In a perfect world, despite the accident, you’d be able to remove yourself (and possibly your vehicle) from traffic. By doing so, you minimize the risk of being involved in another accident, such as when other vehicles pass by at a high rate of speed.
Check Yourself for Injuries
Due to the fact that you don’t have much protection, motorcycle accidents can cause a variety of injuries. For example, you could suffer everything from a concussion to broken bones to abrasions.
As you check yourself for injuries, do your best to remain calm. Even if you find that you’ve been seriously injured, you need to keep your cool and wait for help to arrive.
Contact an Ambulance
Depending on your injuries and the situation as a whole, you may be able to contact an ambulance on your own.
If this is not possible, make sure a witness or passerby does so on your behalf. Regardless of your injuries, the sooner these are addressed the better off you will be. If you wait too long for help, it’s possible that a minor injury could turn into something much more serious.
Although it may not be possible directly following the accident (if you’ve been injured), you can begin to take notes in the future.
For example, write down what happened during the accident, the type of treatment you have received, and the steps you expect to take in the future to improve your health.
The more information you collect the easier it becomes to receive compensation in the future.
Get Legal Help
At some point, you need to consider your legal rights. In other words, what steps can you take to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages?
This depends on a variety of factors, all of which an attorney can assess. For instance, you may find that it’s best to work with the insurance companies to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Conversely, there are times when filing a lawsuit would be in your best interest. Regardless of the direction you move, it’s important to act in a timely manner. By doing so, you improve the likelihood of success.
At our law firm, we know that you can have a good time on your motorcycle. We also know that this can be dangerous, as bad things can happen when you take to the road.
Over the years, we have helped many motorcycle accident victims receive compensation for injuries and other damages.
If you find yourself in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience. Once you have our team of experienced professionals on your side, it’s much easier to feel positive about the future.
We know what you’re going through, and we’ll do whatever it takes to put you in a better place without delay. All it takes is one phone call or email in order to better understand your position and the steps you should be taking.