Winter is almost gone; it’s a beautiful day and you decide to take your motorcycle out for a drive.
Sometimes it is the point where you know you can’t stop in time. Sometimes it is when you start tumbling, and sometimes you won’t know what happened – except now you are on the ground and your bike is on its side.
Regardless of what happened, you have been in an accident and your health and ability to ride again are in jeopardy if you don’t think clearly and act rationally.
After the accident, if possible, take stock of your situation. What should you do when you’re in a motorcycle accident? The answer will depend upon the gravity of the accident. Are you injured? Are you in a safe place or around a blind corner or over the crest of a hill?
Common motorcycle injuries after an accident include fractured wrists or collarbones, bruised hips or knees, and sprained ankles. If you are bleeding a lot, or have any type of sharp internal pains, you should call an ambulance or visit the emergency room immediately. If you are having trouble concentrating and feeling lethargic or sleepy, you may have suffered a concussion and further evaluation is needed to rule out a skull fracture and/or more serious head trauma. Bottom line – you should always seek medical attention first and foremost.
If you can, get some information from the other parties involved. Record the license plates of the other individuals and their names, phone numbers and any witnesses. Call the police and get a copy of their report.
Some points to remember:
- It’s hard for traffic to see a motorcycle lying on its side. If possible, move it to the shoulder or at the very least, roll it upright and stand it up.
- Don’t light a flare; if your bike is leaking gasoline, a fire will start.
- Have your helmet inspected to determine its future crash-worthiness.
- If your bike still runs and you plan to ride it home or to a garage, test the brakes, the clutch, tranny, fork, suspension and tires. You don’t want anything failing while you are at speed or rounding a corner.
Never leave the scene of an accident. Wait for the police to arrive. Failing to do so could result in criminal charges. While you should certainly cooperate with the police and the other driver(s), keep comments to a minimum and never admit to being at fault.
Finally, contact an experienced attorney who has been successful with motorcycle accidents. An attorney can help you determine the complex liability issues often involved in these types of cases.
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