According to the most recent motorcycle statistics, 5,014 motorcycle riders died in 2019, slightly down from 5,038 in 2018. Additionally, statistics show that the record of motorcycle injury rate from 2010 to 2019 has increased.
Motorcycle accidents are more frequent than car accidents because riders and passengers are exposed without any covering. Therefore, it is important to take serious precautions, such as wearing helmets while riding a motorcycle. However, in a worst-case scenario, if it happens, before you contact our lawyers at Pacific West Injury Law this is how you should respond.
Move Away from the Main Road
The area where the accident occurred is a dangerous place to be. Bystanders are also exposed to high-speed incoming vehicles, particularly on highways.
Motorcycle accidents cause more mess than other types of accidents. It’s possible that broken pieces are scattered across the road. Keep an eye out for shattered glass and other potential risks.
Additionally, motorcycle accidents frequently result in oil leakage. These can result in unexpected flames and explosions—this is why you should remove yourself from the wreckage.
Assess Your Health Situation and Contact the Appropriate Emergency Services
Double-check if you’re okay then dial 9-1-1 to be assessed by paramedics. Many times, people are engaged in accidents and believe they are unharmed. You may not have any external injuries, but you may have experienced internal ones.
Finally, call the police to come and investigate the accident.
Get a Record of the Motorcycle Accident
Take as many pictures and videos as you can of your motorcycle and the vehicle involved. It is essential to take these pictures from different angles, but be careful not to harm yourself. These pictures and videos provide evidence of what happened.
If you are extremely hurt and cannot take the pictures yourself, you can ask a witness to do it. Write down anything substantial concerning the accident or anything that could have caused the accident, e.g., weather conditions or the state of the road. Such information is crucial in determining who is at fault, and showing the extent of damage.
Get the Required Information of the Other Driver
The other driver’s information is critical to protect your rights, especially if they are at fault. Ensure you get their name, telephone number, address, and insurance. Additionally, get their car model, license number, and vehicle identification number (VIN).
Get the Required Information of the Witness
If there is a witness at the accident scene, get their information. Such information includes their names, telephone numbers, and, if possible, their addresses. Information on whatever they saw during the accident might be helpful in the future, especially if you were not at fault.
Get a Police Report
When the police arrive at the accident scene, typically, they prepare a report. The report generally includes the police officer’s judgment of the accident. In the report, you will also find the contact information of the parties involved in the accident.
The process of obtaining a police report can be hectic. If you cannot obtain it immediately, the police officer will give you the file number. It helps you in accessing the report quite fast.
Be Cautious of What You Say Following the Accident
It is essential to be careful of what you say after the accident. Police officers and witnesses are very observant of what you say during such moments. Avoid using terms like “I am very sorry” since they make it seem like you are the one at fault.
Additionally, you should hold off on filing a claim for compensation until you’ve spoken with your insurance company and an attorney.
Inform Your Insurance Company About the Motorcycle Accident
Regardless of who is to blame, you must report the accident to your insurance company as quickly as possible. Review your insurance policy to see whether you’ve missed the reporting date.
It’s important to note that reporting an accident is different from submitting an insurance claim. You may choose to submit a claim with your insurance provider to reimburse certain damages (mainly if the at-fault driver is uninsured.) However, don’t overlook the possibility of filing a claim with the driver’s insurer who is to blame.
See a Doctor Immediately
This is one of the most overlooked aftercare by most motorcyclist accident victims. More often than not, they think that just because there is no physical injury, there are also no internal injuries.
Therefore, you need to consult a doctor immediately after the accident for a medical checkup. Did you know that most injuries sustained by motorcyclists take weeks or even months for the symptoms to be visible? Seeing a doctor or a physician makes it easier to file an insurance claim in the event of any medical injury.
Talk to a Lawyer
The other party’s insurance company will most likely contact you. Do not speak with them until you have spoken with a lawyer, who is on your side.
Insurance companies aren’t obligated to protect your best interests. While they may appear polite, their primary goal is to pay you the least amount of money conceivable. However, you might be eligible for a sizable monetary award.
Our law offices are committed to maximizing the amount of compensation you get. We fight for our clients every step of the way.
Need Help? Contact Our Lawyers at Pacific West Personal Injury Law
At Pacific West Injury, we believe that anybody who has been injured in an accident due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions of another person deserves to be compensated. We stand up to insurance companies and build strategic arguments based on thorough research.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and aren’t sure what to do, we can help. Contact us for a free case evaluation. We represent clients across Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas.