What to do after a motorcycle accident?

A motorcycle accident can lead to serious injury and high emotions. You may be in an emotionally unstable state, whether it’s your fault or someone else’s. It’s important to stay calm and take the right steps after the accident, as your actions could have significant consequences when you file your insurance claim or other legal disputes. What you do immediately at the scene of the accident and also afterwards is central.

We will go through some guidelines on what to do after a motorcycle accident.

Check whether the parties involved are OK

First and foremost, check yourself and others for injuries. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately. Calling for help does not make you liable in any way. When everyone is safe, shut off the engine and turn on the hazard lights.

Taking pictures

It’s important to take pictures of the accident scene, but you need to make sure it’s safe for you to do so. If you are not injured, you can use your phone or a camera and make sure to take pictures from different angles. You may also want to take pictures of the surrounding area as this can help prove your case. You can also take a video of the aftermath of the motorcycle accident.

Call the police

After the motorcycle accident, call the police if:

  • The other driver fled without giving further details
  • You think the other driver is drunk or uninsured
  • If you suspect that the other driver caused the accident intentionally
  • Someone is seriously injured

You can discuss the accident with the police officer in charge of the investigation. Do not admit liability during this conversation. Most importantly, do not make any statements until you have contacted your attorney. Your lawyer will then advise you on the steps to be taken.

Get witness statements

Witness statements can help you prove your claim and paint a picture of the motorcycle accident. Be sure to get the contact information of some of the people who witnessed the motorcycle accident before you leave the crime scene. If you can, write down the crash witness statements detailing everything they observed.

You can also record the following information at the scene of the accident:

  • Make, model and number plate of the motorcycle/car involved in the accident
  • Time and date of the accident
  • Driving conditions such as road quality, weather and lighting
  • Involved parties who were injured
  • If you were the only person involved in the crash and damaged private property, leave a note where the owner can see it. You can get into serious trouble if your license plate number is later recorded on camera.
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Contact a lawyer

You will need the help of a lawyer, preferably one who specializes in motorcycle accidents. Call a lawyer if:

  • You are wrongly accused of causing the accident
  • You have incurred injuries or associated costs as a result of the motorcycle accident
  • The insurance company refuses to reimburse

Notify the insurance company

Contact your insurance company. They will ask for some information, including:

  • Your policy number, motorcycle registration number
  • Your motorcycle insurance details and
  • Details of the other drivers/cyclists involved, if applicable

The above were helpful tips on what to do after a motorcycle accident. Drive safe!