Did you know that most accidents occur when you get close to home? In addition, although motorcycles are only three percent of registered vehicles, more than 14% of accidents involve these machines.
Although you should take a motorcycle safety and operation course and understand defensive driving, you should understand what to do if you get into an accident while riding your motorcycle.
Take a minute
Because you do not have the protections that other vehicles do, namely a roof and side panels, you are more vulnerable than others involved in accidents. It may take a minute for you to calm down and assess your injuries. Then, get out of traffic and continue your assessment. However, avoid removing your safety gear, and do not move your bike.
Call for help
You should also call for help. Call 911 and ask for the police and an ambulance. You should get checked out at the scene because your adrenaline could mask your injuries temporarily.
While you wait for help to arrive, photograph the scene, get witness contact information and write down what you can recall.
Get medical treatment
Whether you think your injuries are minor or not, seek medical help. Allow the paramedics to help you out of your safety gear and check you out. If you have injuries, let them take you to the hospital so you can get treatment. Collect all your medical records and bills before you leave.
Give your statement
If you can, give your statement to the police on the scene. However, do not admit fault and do not answer incriminating questions. Get a copy of the police report.
If you follow the right steps and gather evidence, you will have the best chance for a positive outcome.