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Steps to take following a motorcycle accident

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2018 | Blog

Motorcyclists face an increased risk on roadways. Data collected in 2015 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed how motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to die on the road compared to passenger occupants in a standard automobile. Motorcyclists were six times more likely to suffer an injury. 

Since a motorcyclist is more exposed, there is a greater likelihood of catastrophic injury in the event of a collision. Following an accident, a motorcyclist needs to check for any injuries. Even if someone feels fine, it is still a good idea to see a doctor. Certain conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries, may not manifest for weeks or months. After getting injuries examined, here are the steps to take. 

Get to safety

Both vehicles should attempt to move off to the side of the road. Ultimately, both parties simply need to get out of harm’s way. This may require abandoning vehicles that pose a danger. For example, if a motorcycle leaks gasoline, then people need to stay away because it could ignite. This necessitates an immediate call to the police so that someone can come out to direct traffic and address the potential hazard. 

Call the police

In many cases, police involvement is not necessary when there are no injuries and minimal property damage. However, motorcyclists should heavily consider contacting the police no matter what. An official police report will help a lot if the incident goes to court. 

Take photos

Another way to build a case is to take photos of the scene. This should include pictures of both vehicles. It can also involve taking pictures of the street. Perhaps there was an unsafe condition in the roadway. The city could be partially liable, too. 

Do not leave the area

Motorcyclists need to remain where they are until the police come out and complete their report. They do not want to risk getting a hit and run on their record.