What to Do If You Get Into a Wreck on a Motorcycle
You got a new motorcycle for your birthday and you get into a wreck. You haven't had the motorcycle long and this thought irritates you. You aren't sure what the process is for reporting the wreck but you figure it can't be very different from reporting one between two cars. Let's take a closer look into what you should do after getting into a wreck on your motorcycle.
1. Check for injuries.
The first thing you should always do after getting into a wreck on your motorcycle is to check for injuries on yourself or others. Make sure you are out of harm's way as well so that you don't get injured from other drivers as well. If you are injured, you should call for paramedics as well.
2. Get out of the roadway.
After checking yourself over for injuries, the next thing you should do is leave the roadway. You don't want to get injured or worse, injured further. If you cannot get off the roadway yourself, find out if you can get someone to help you get off the roadway. By now, people have stopped to see if they can help you. Use this fact to your advantage as needed.
3. Gather information.
The third thing you should do is to gather information about the wreck. If there are witnesses, you should ask them what they saw when the wreck occurred. If you do not know if there were witnesses, ask the people who stopped to help you if they saw anything. Ask the other driver for their side of the story to find out more about what happened.
4. Call the police.
The fourth thing you should do is to call the police. If the other driver needs help, make sure the police officer who arrives is aware of this fact. Make sure that the other driver makes it off the roadway as well and ask the police officer for help as needed. More than likely, their vehicle or motorcycle sustained quite a bit of damage so it might need assistance getting off the roadway.
5. Take note of your surroundings.
Make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times. Take mental or even photographic note of your surroundings. This way, you can recall things when the insurance company asks you for your side of the story. Record any and all conversations you have so you can have audio proof of what happened after the wreck itself.
6. Talk to witnesses of the wreck.
The sixth thing you should do is talk to any and all witnesses to your wreck. When gathering information, you would have come across people who saw the wreck. They can provide you and the responding police officer with more information about what happened right before and right after the wreck. That way, all blank slots of time are accounted for.
7. Don't admit fault!
The last thing you want to do is admit your fault in the wreck. Even if the wreck is your fault, you do not want to admit that. The police will make note of your words if you do admit fault and will even write down in their report that you contributed to the wreck. This will count against you when reporting the wreck to your insurance.
8. CALL AN EXPERICNCED PROFESSIONAL
Greenville and Washington, NC Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
I’m Brian Ricci, a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer serving Greenville, NC and the surrounding areas. If you have suffered a personal injury due to a motorcycle crash, please call me anytime at (252) 752-7785 or (800) 387-6406 for free, friendly advice. The call is free and there is no obligation to you.
I am a longtime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.