Motorcycle Accidents

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7 Things to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

1. Take Care of Your Own Safety

If you are in the way of traffic, move out of the area immediately. Otherwise, you risk creating another accident and sustaining injuries or worse. Step away from the motorcycle and take a moment to calm your breathing. You’ve sustained a serious trauma and need to take a moment to regain your senses.

Remember that the safety of your surroundings can change. Stay on alert as you wait for assistance from the authorities or medical professionals.

2. Call 911 or the Police

If you believe you or any at the scene has sustained injuries, call 911. The old adage, “Better safe than sorry” could not be truer. Something as simple as a headache could be a symptom of something much more serious. You should also call 911 if any of the damage at the scene prevents a risk such as a fire or explosion.

Otherwise, contact the police to file an accident report. This piece of documentation will assist your insurance company in securing compensation. While it may be tempting to hash out the problem on your own with the other driver, you run the risk of never hearing from them again and being denied compensation.

Keep in mind that you are legally required to file an accident report with the police if anyone is injured or the property damage reaches a certain threshold, which varies by state. In most cases, it is easier and wiser to simply call the police.

3. Check on the Safety of Those Around You

Once you are safe, make sure everyone around you is as well. If you believe anyone is injured, seek medical care. Encourage everyone to move to safety and remain calm. Sit with anyone who is awaiting emergency care and remind them that help is on the way.

While you won’t have as much space as you’d have in the trunk of a car, it’s still a good idea to carry an emergency kit on your motorcycle. Include a mini first aid kit, pocket knife, flashlight, and battery-operated flares.

4. Take Photos of the Scene Before Moving Vehicles

Unless absolutely necessary for safety purposes, leave the vehicles as is. Photograph the damage to all involved vehicles for your records. Make sure the photographs are clear. It may be wise to create short videos as well. If you have a before photo of your car, save it to fully demonstrate the extent of the damage. You may also find it useful to log your memory of the accident on your smartphone’s notepad or with the voice memo feature.

5. Take Photos of Others’ Ids and Tags

While you’re documenting the scene, photograph the tags and identifications belonging to others at the scene. Documenting this information with a photograph is much easier than copying it all down and risking losing it. Don’t just exchange first names and phone numbers. Ask the other driver for his or her full name, address, insurance information, driver’s license number and license plate number and take photographs of any supporting identification.

6. Take Photos of Witnesses’ Ids and Tags

If you are in the way of traffic, move out of the area immediately. Otherwise, you risk creating another accident and sustaining injuries or worse. Step away from the motorcycle and take a moment to calm your breathing. You’ve sustained a serious trauma and need to take a moment to regain your senses.

In many accidents, there are few to no witnesses at the scene. However, if you have people on the scene who witnessed the event and are willing to talk to you, ask them about what they saw. Make a note of the information they share and document their identification and vehicle tags through photos or video.

7. Seek and Document Medical Treatment

In the days after the accident, you may require medical care. Record your treatments, doctor visits, symptoms, and expenses. You’ll need this information to seek compensation for any injuries sustained due to the accident.

In a motorcycle accident and need help?

Despite their growing popularity, motorcyclists are still virtually invisible to drivers because of their size and speed. Despite efforts to encourage cyclists to use dual headlights and wear reflective vests, motorcyclists that are seen are still not respected on the road and are not given the same space that other motor vehicles on the road enjoy.

Being a motorcycle rider puts you in some dangerous situations. Don’t let being in a motorcycle accident put you at a disadvantage. At the Peel Law Firm, located in Millington, Tennessee, we are here to help you if you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash.

Attorney David Peel has handled a wide variety of motorcycle wreck cases over the years that involve:

  • Road rash
  • Knee injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

We also help families who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident involving a motorcycle pursue wrongful death litigation. We know that since motorcyclists are unprotected the injuries suffered are usually severe and can have a life-long impact.

While you focus on recovery, our job is to build a strong case including collecting copies of all reports related to the accident, hiring an accident reconstruction expert and gaining an understanding of the full extent of your injuries and the time it will take to recover.

We make it a point to always explain what we are doing and where we are in the process every step of the way. You have the reassurance of knowing that your case is in good hands and that you will be instrumental in making decisions to help your case move forward.

If your insurer or the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier offers you a settlement, we will always review it for free to see if it is fair, even if you are not a client of our firm. Even if you have been told there are limits on the insurance policy, it is still a sound idea to have an attorney research the policies before you accept a final offer. We can also help you with any health insurance subrogation issues you are facing.

We understand how stressful it can be on a family when someone has been hurt in a motorcycle accident. Contact Peel Law Firm online or call us at 901-201-6013 to learn how we can help you through this difficult time.