Motorcyclists are at extreme risk when on the road. Unfortunately, other motorists are often distracted or simply don’t see them on the road, resulting in thousands of accidents across California every year.
Unlike individuals in passenger vehicles, motorcyclists don’t have any metal between them and the road or another vehicle. Because of this, the likelihood of serious injuries is much higher than other drivers. Knowing what to do after an accident will help you stay safe and help protect your rights and ability to recover compensation.
Get to safety
If you can move after a motorcycle accident, it’s best to get off the road. Ensure you get to safety, which may be the curb or shoulder. You should also check if anyone else is injured or needs help.
Contact the authorities
It’s important to contact the authorities to report the accident. An accident report is invaluable if you plan to seek compensation from the at-fault party. Also, the responding officer will provide further information about the situation and get everyone’s information.
Get medical attention
After an accident, you may not think you have any serious injuries. Even if this is the case, you should be checked out by a medical professional. If there is no EMS at the scene, go to the emergency room or schedule an appointment with your doctor. Having medical documentation of your injuries is also beneficial for an accident claim.
Avoid saying too much
There is a good chance that if you were injured in a motorcycle accident that it was caused by someone else. However, avoid saying too much about what happened to anyone until you have filed your accident case and the situation is resolved. This will help ensure you don’t jeopardize your right and ability to recover compensation