Even though riding a motorcycle is thrilling, you are at risk for an injurious or even fatal accident every time you ride. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that in 2018, 4,985 motorcyclists died in collisions.
If you get into a motorcycle accident, there are steps you should take immediately following the collision. Taking these steps can help you protect your legal, financial and physical interests.
1. Look for injuries
Check yourself for any injuries immediately following the motorcycle collision. Once you do this, check the other people involved in the accident for any injuries and call 911. Even if you only sustain minor injuries in the crash, like a small bruise, do not hesitate to seek medical care as soon as possible.
2. Gather evidence
Take pictures of your motorcycle and the other vehicles involved in the collision. You should also take photographs of the road conditions, any debris in the road, traffic signals, weather conditions and any injuries you sustained.
3. Remove your bike from the road
Once you gather sufficient evidence, remove your motorcycle from the scene of the accent if it is safe to do so. If you do not move your bike promptly, more accidents and injuries can occur because of it.
After you take these steps, gather the names and insurance information of the other drivers involved in the accident. You should also reach out to your insurance company to file a claim and provide them with the evidence you collected of the motorcycle crash.