Motorcycle accidents are the only type of motor vehicle accidents that are increasing in number. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), deaths from motorcycle accidents have steadily increased since 1997, and motorcycle-related deaths totaled 5,290 in 2008. If you are one of the unfortunate people to be involved in a motorcycle accident and do not understand what to do, this guide will help.
Report the accident immediately by calling 911. What appears to be a minor motorcycle accident may involve serious injuries that require professional treatment. Do not wait for the police or an ambulance to arrive. You can still perform several useful functions.
If you sustained an obvious injury, then call for help and do not move. If you feel healthy and know how to perform first aid, help those who are injured. No matter how you feel, always seek medical treatment directly after leaving the scene of the accident. Ask to be examined when the paramedics arrive, and if possible, go to the emergency room in an ambulance.
Gather The Following Information While You Are Waiting For The Police To Arrive:
Do not rely on the police to gather this information for you. In addition, jot down the details of the accident while they are still fresh in your memory. Take photographs of the accident scene and all of the vehicles involved.
Do not share your details or opinions about the accident with anyone on the scene. When the police arrive, never admit that you are at fault. Remember, you are not an experienced accident scene investigator. Leave the investigating to the professionals.
As soon as possible after the accident, locate and call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. An attorney can determine who or what caused the accident, arrange medical treatment and help you to receive compensation for your damages.