What can you do in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle accidents are an, unfortunately, common occurrence on roadways. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the number of motorcycle accidents two years ago reached up to 2,065 which is the highest number of the decade. 98 of these accidents were fatal with a total of 104 people being killed and 2,404 being injured. Therefore, it is crucial for a motorcyclist to know what to do in the event of an accident.
No matter how a potential accident may unfold, a motorcyclist should not admit fault to any other parties involved. This is because an investigation of the collision may reveal that other factors were involved in the incident that contributed to the crash, showing that the fault rests with another party.
Motorcyclists should also try to photograph the scene, taking photos of the vehicles involved in the accident, the general scene of the accident and the motorcycle. Obtaining the names, addresses and email or number of any other party involved, including witnesses, should be a priority since remaining in contact could be beneficial if the case is taken to court.
While calling the police should be done immediately, the motorcyclist should also contact their insurance company as quickly as possible. Another important step for motorcyclists to take is to seek medical treatment. Not only is this important for the physical well-being of the rider, but waiting to seek treatment could lower the amount of compensation that could be claimed from injury.
Dealing with an accident can be stressful monetarily, physically and mentally. While this information should not be taken as legal advice, it can reduce stress and both short and long term consequences by preparing a motorcyclist to deal with an accident.