A Short Guide to Motorcycle Accident Claims
Driving a motorbike provides the rider with a real sense of freedom, and at the same time a sense of ultimate control. However, during the ride, many of the safety nets a car would provide are not implied.
A two-wheeler will “feel” your movement better and react faster, so reflex control needs to be really precise. It’s all part of the fun, but also presents a bigger liability in traffic. So let’s deal with the must-dos in case of an accident, because, well, better safe than sorry.
Put yourself first!
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the first step is to check yourself for injuries. Do not let the adrenaline rush put anything else before your health. As we’ve mentioned above, motorcyclists have less protection than those in cars, so it’s always recommended you wear protective gear and a helmet.
Step aside for a moment and assess the situation rationally. Carefully remove the gear and move around a bit - each limb separately. Further inspect for any signs of internal bleeding, and then call the ambulance or head to an emergency room for a full inspection.
Try to stay calm and do not flee the place of the accident for any reason! This will look like admitting you’re guilty.
Who else was involved?
Breathe deeply for a minute, and if you are sure you’re not in immediate danger and can walk, go to check the state of the other parties involved. If you can, make sure other people are safe as well! No matter whose fault the accident was, be polite and helpful the whole time. Nobody wants to admit they rushed through a red light, or that they were writing a text message as a cause of the accident, so try approaching it all in a non-judgemental manner.
When you have made sure no parties involved are in trouble, ask the other driver to help you look for eyewitnesses. This will be seen as a sign of being objective and showing respect.