What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents happen on a regular basis. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 72 motorcycles out of every 100,000 registered experienced fatal crashes in 2006. Motorcycle riders have incredibly small amounts of protection compared to larger cars and commercial motor vehicles, so when bike riders experience crashes the result can be more devastating.
Immediately after experiencing an accident, if you are able to move, check to make sure you and any other person involved in the crash is alright. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately. If at all possible, get yourself and anyone else out of the roadway to prevent further accidents. Use hazard lights, flares, or warning triangles to alert any oncoming traffic if moving someone is impossible.
If you and any other drivers are involved, exchange information. All involved parties should exchange their names, contact information, insurance information, and license numbers. Make sure to write down plate numbers, and vehicle makes, models, and descriptions as well.
Substantial property damage and any injuries require the presence of law enforcement. The police report can be vital in your efforts to recover damage to your bike and payment for medical bills. Likewise, talk to any witnesses who saw the accident and record their comments at the scene or as soon as possible afterward. Police will also do this, but until law enforcement arrives, it’s best to talk to people before they wander away.
Depending on how seriously you’re injured, try to take photographs of the scene and take note of your surroundings. Photograph all damage and injuries caused by the accident, any nearby road signs, and the environment around the scene.
Last, don’t admit fault in any way. The exact cause of an accident is rarely clear after the collision occurs, so wait for investigators to look at the evidence and determine who was at fault. Similarly, don’t apologize to any other person there, which can be taken to be an admission of guilt for the accident.
If you were injured by negligence or carelessness, contact one of our skilled Tulsa motorcycle accident attorneys as soon as possible. We can help you file a claim or defend you if your claim has been denied. Our lawyers are dedicated to assisting the victims of personal injury in seeking compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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