Did you know that motorcycle accidents around the world claim more than 380,000 people every year? In fact, 14% of motor vehicle fatalities involve motorcycles even though they make up only three percent of registered motor vehicles.
If you ride a motorcycle, you should complete a motorcycle safety course and learn defensive driving techniques. However, these are a few tips if you find yourself injured in an accident.
Move out of traffic
First, you need to get to safety. You do not have a vehicle that protects you from oncoming traffic, so move to the side of the road. However, you should not move your motorcycle. Not only do the police need to view the accident scene, but you could further injure yourself if you try to move your motorcycle yourself.
Call the police
You should also contact the police. Ask for an ambulance if you are severely injured. You need to complete a police report, but if the paramedics take you to the hospital, you may need to complete your report in the hospital or when you leave. Let the police know if you leave the scene even if the ambulance is taking you to the hospital.
Even if you do not feel that your injuries are severe, you need to get checked out. Adrenaline can mask symptoms for several hours or days, and delaying treatment could exacerbate your injuries and undermine your medical claim with the insurance company.
If you can, document the scene. Take photos, write down your experience and get the contact information of anyone who saw the accident. Collect the police report and your medical records. You may need this evidence later.
What you do after your motorcycle accident can determine whether you receive appropriate compensation. Choose your actions carefully.