With the weather still beautiful here in Southern California, there are still motorcyclists out on the roads. Which means that we all need to be careful and mindful of them. Even the most careful motorists and motorcyclists can be involved in an accident. Unfortunately, these accidents can and do happen. Today, our auto accident attorney is going to go over what you should do after a motorcycle accident. If you need an accident lawyer due to your injuries, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your case.
Accident Lawyer | At the Scene
The first thing you want to do after your accident is to make sure that everyone involved gets to safety. Remove yourself and others from harm’s way by getting out of the roadway and away from traffic. Make sure there is enough distance between you and any oncoming traffic. You will also want to make sure you are looking out for the following:
- any vehicles that are leaking gas
- cars that may be on fire
- roadside cliffs or drop-offs
The first thing you want to do always is to make sure you and everyone else is safe. Check yourself and others for injuries and call 9-1-1 immediately if someone is seriously injured. It is sad to say, but very few motorcyclists walk away from these accidents without injuries. That being said, you should still seek medical treatment even if you do not believe your injuries are serious. Injuries can sometimes manifest later.
Although injuries to the chest and abdomen are less common, they tend to be more serious. This is especially true due to the potential of organ damage and/or internal bleeding from blunt force trauma. On the other hand, lower extremity injuries are the most common. They often involve bone fractures and are rarely ever fatal.
Remain Calm & Contact the Police
After any accident it can be difficult to remain calm. It is, however, important so you do not potentially make the situation worse or indicate whether you are at fault or not. Wait for the police report to determine that. Do not do the following:
- do not argue with other parties involved in the accident
- assign blame or accept blame
- do not get into a physical altercation with other parties involved
- do not inflict additional damage to someone or their property
You will want to report the incident to local law enforcement. This is necessary even if there does not appear to be any visible injuries. Law enforcement will be needed, not only to report what happened at the scene, but perhaps also for the following:
- traffic control
- determine if legal action will need to be taken
Stay at the Scene
It is important to remain at the scene of the accident. You will need to exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident. At the minimum, you should always try your best to obtain the following information:
- property damage information
- insurance and contact information for all parties involved
- the make, model, year, license plate number of any and all other vehicles
- take pictures of the scene
- you will also want to take pictures of damage done to your car or motorcycle as well as any injuries you sustain
- get information about your surroundings
- street signs, buildings, etc.
At this time, you will also want to make sure you obtain information from any witnesses who are willing to provide you with information. This includes anything from a name and contact information to a full description of what they saw at the scene. Make sure you do not put pressure on any of the witnesses. If all you can get at the time of the incident is the name and contact information, that is fine. Your accident lawyer will later contact them to get a description of what happened.
Seek Treatment and Contact an Auto Accident Attorney
After you leave the scene of the accident, seek treatment right away. This will not only be beneficial to your healing, but it will also be beneficial when it comes to your settlement. Injuries due to a motorcycle accident are usually a lot more serious because you are not protected by the cage of your car. So, making sure you get treatment and seek out the right medical professionals after your accident is very important to your overall wellbeing.
With that being said, an auto accident attorney at Silverthorne Attorneys can also help. When you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries you sustain. That includes medical bills, compensation for loss of work and potentially pain and suffering.
If you are in need of an accident lawyer who will take on the insurance companies, contact us today. Consultations are free!