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What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident

January 13th

What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than other common forms of transportation on the road. As a result, this leads to more accidents and more fatalities, and unfortunately, this number is on the rise. According to a study by Quote Wizard, “motorcycle fatalities increased by 9% in the last year and by 17% since 2010” in the United States. Many of these fatalities are marked by alcohol usage; in Nevada alone, 80.4% of motorcycle accidents with fatalities involved alcohol.

The best way to protect yourself is to educate yourself. Read on to learn more about how to prevent motorcycle accidents, and steps that should be taken in motorcycle accident aftermath. 

Steps To Take After a Motorcycle Accident

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to act quickly but safely. Be sure to take these steps to protect yourself and those around you. These steps apply to motorcycle accidents in any location (including our home bases of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada)

  1. Get to safety
  2. Call 911
  3. Collect information
  4. Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
  5. Contact Your Insurance Company

1. Get to Safety

Motorcycles (and motorcyclists) are at a size disadvantage to larger road vehicles, like cars, trucks, and buses. After a motorcycle accident, the first thing you need to do is get to safety. Focus on getting out of the roadway and away from oncoming traffic. If you are wearing safety gear, it’s best to keep it on to avoid worsening any potential injuries.

2. Call 911

Once you’ve moved to a safe location, it’s time to call the police and get medical attention. Motorcycle accidents are very dangerous, and a motorcycle accident injury may not present itself immediately, especially since the body’s natural adrenaline response can oftentimes mask pain and potential injuries. Even after suffering a brain injury in a motorcycle accident, many riders report experiencing no pain or symptoms – sometimes not until it’s too late. 

If you are in a motorcycle accident, you should call 911 and get checked out by medical professionals – no matter what. The police can also help you file a motorcycle accident report.

3. Collect Information

Once you’ve called the authorities, it’s time to collect “evidence” from the scene of the accident. Jot down everything you can remember leading up to the accident, and any details of vehicles or individuals who may have left the scene. You phone and its camera will be your best friend in this scenario – use your phone to take photos of the accident scene, including photos of:

  • All vehicles involved 
  • The surrounding area and scene of the accident
  • Drivers license number of other motorist(s)
  • Insurance information from other motorist(s)

This information will be incredibly useful down the road, especially if you move forward with seeking justice in a motorcycle accident case, so do yourself a favor and take as many helpful photos as possible. 

4. Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Once you are safely away from the scene of the accident and you’ve had necessary conversations with the authorities, it’s time to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer. Getting legal support in a motorcycle accident aftermath can help you make sure you receive support for any damages incurred, and give you the best chance of success. 

Note that it is always best to speak to an attorney first after a motorcycle accident, as they can provide guidance on how to speak to your insurance company about the accident. It is unfortunately very common that accident victims will say “the wrong thing” or something that’s taken out of context when in conversation with their insurance company that will lead to minimizing their claim’s potential (and the insurance company may try to avoid paying).

5. Contact Your Insurance Company

After you have contacted and spoken with a motorcycle accident lawyer, then you should contact your insurance company to start a claim. Be sure to have all pertinent information and photos taken at the accident scene on hand so you can provide the insurance provider with as much information as possible. 

What Not to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Just as there are steps you should absolutely take after a motorcycle accident, there are also steps you should avoid. Here are four things you should NOT do in the wake of a motorcycle accident. 

  • Do not move your motorcycle after the crash – After a motorcycle accident, do not try to move your bike, as you could put yourself in harm’s way again. Not to mention, if you are injured, trying to move a heavy motorcycle will only exacerbate your injuries. Focus on moving yourself to safety. 
  • Do not make a statement to insurance without talking to an attorney first – As mentioned above, it’s best to speak to a motorcycle accident attorney before talking to your insurance company, as they can offer guidance on how to approach the conversation and maximize your chances of success with your claim. 
  • Do not avoid medical attention – Motorcycle injuries often do not present themselves right away, so even if you feel okay after an accident, know that it could be shock or adrenaline that’s keeping you from experiencing pain, or the injury itself may be latent. Always, always seek medical attention after a motorcycle accident. 
  • Do not take legal advice from unsolicited companies – Unfortunately there are many companies advertising motorcycle accident consultation services that are not legit. When searching for a motorcycle accident attorney, only work with companies that are legitimate. This will save you from a lot of unnecessary headaches, and ensure you partner with someone who has your best interests in mind.   

Contact the Expert Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Ruiz Law Firm

Although it’s impossible to ever be fully prepared for a motorcycle accident, you can give yourself a leg up by taking proactive steps to be safe. See our motorcycle safety checklist to learn bike safety practices and get recommendations for safety gear. 

If you have experienced a motorcycle accident and are looking for some professional legal help, visit our motorcycle accident practice page for more information or contact us to set up an appointment today. You won’t pay anything unless Ruiz wins the case, so there’s nothing to lose – contact us today! 

 

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