More than 8.4 people drive motorcycles in the United States alone — and with an average of 88,000 motorcycle-related injuries occurring each year, it’s important to know the appropriate steps to take following an accident.
1. Call 911 or the Police
Motorcycle accidents occur less frequently than car accidents but result in more injuries and deaths. If you are in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is check for serious injuries. If you are another individual involved are injured, call 911 right away. If you do not have life-threatening injuries, call the police.
Even if the accident is not serious, it is a good idea to call the police because some insurance companies require a police report to make a claim. The police will also assist in documenting the correct information from each party involved.
2. Document the Accident
Use your phone to take photos of your motorcycle and all vehicles involved, noting the areas of visible damage. If you sustained injuries, take photos of yourself as well.
3. Exchange Information
Following an accident, it is important to exchange personal information with everyone involved, including witnesses. Although the police will record the information of each party involved in most situations, if the police do not respond to the accident, be sure to take the other parties’ information yourself. Document names, addresses, telephone numbers, and insurance information.
4. Report the Accident
Notify your insurance company of the motorcycle accident as soon as you can. Most insurance policies require you to report an accident immediately, so do not wait to do so. Some policies include medpay for an extra charge, so if you pay for this, use it.
5. Call the Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins for a Free Consultation
At Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins, we understand how scary being involved in a motorcycle or auto accident can be. That’s why we do everything possible to ensure that you are fairly compensated. Contact us today to learn how we can help or to schedule your free consultation.