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Top 5 Things to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Posted on: October 24, 2016 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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Due to the size of motorcycles and the fact you have limited protection, getting into an accident is probably the last thing you want to do. However, if you do find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident, there are steps you need to take to avoid further accidents and ensure you are covered for any damages. There are five steps, in particular, which you should always follow after a motorcycle accident.

Injury Assessment

Before trying to move it is important to check for injuries. Attempting to get up too fast could exacerbate any serious injuries and leave you in a worse predicament. If you are seriously injured, make sure any witnesses are aware and that emergency services have been called. Unless you suspect that you have a serious neck or back injury, getting off the road is always the preferable choice.

Safeguard the Scene

Where possible it is absolutely essential that any vehicles or debris are moved off the road. On busy roads or highways, visible warnings for other drivers will help prevent further accidents. Hazard lights or other types of bright warning signals are ideal. However, never try to flag down passing vehicles or divert traffic by signaling from the road.

Contact Emergency Services

Assess the scope of the situation and then call emergency services. The more information you are able to provide, the better the emergency services are able to prepare for the scene. Look for any signs which will allow you to provide your exact location. Listen to the dispatcher and only answer the questions you are asked. You can significantly increase the chances of survival for seriously injured parties by remaining calm and helping the dispatcher quickly assess the situation and respond accordingly.

Exchange Contact Information

At the very least you should exchange contact information with anyone who was involved in the motorcycle accident. However, it is also worthwhile exchanging details with any witnesses. Your immediate concern will obviously be that injuries are treated. However, after the dust has settled there are potential legal and medical costs to consider. Anticipating the long term ramifications of a motorcycle accident will save you both financially and emotionally.

Hold your Tongue

In the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle accident it is easy to get caught up in the moment. You will want to tell your side of the story; however, doing so could hurt you in the long run. Admitting any degree of guilt, for instance, is never a good idea. The police will take a detailed account of everything you say. So only provide details that are important to the handling of the immediate situation. You can discuss the specifics of the motorcycle accident in more detail with a personal injury attorney.

We have offices in McAlester and Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you can rely on our locally born attorneys to understand and act as champions of your rights. We will provide you with a free consultation when you call us at 877-403-8417 or visit our website.



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