All vehicle accidents are bad, but motorcycle accidents are particularly serious and can result in severe injuries. In the United States, motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of death for those between ages 6 and 33. Around 3,000 cyclists are killed each year, and many others suffer serious life changes and disabilities due to their injuries.
Preventing an Accident
Statistics show that, in most cases, a motorcycle accident is not the fault of the motorcyclist but of the driver of the car, van, truck, or other vehicle. In a large percentage of cases, the other driver was unable to see the motorbike. Motorcyclists should, therefore, always be aware of the actions of other vehicles around them as well as their own.
What to Do In an Accident
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident and are conscious and able to move, you must do the following:
- Remain at the scene of the accident.
- Call the police immediately or have someone call the police for you.
- File a police report when the officers arrive.
- Seek immediate medical attention, even if you think you are not injured (you may have injuries that will become apparent later).
- Get the license number, personal and insurance details and name of the other driver involved.
- Ask for details of any witnesses present at the scene of the accident.
- Seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Get Medical Attention As Soon As Possible
Getting medical attention immediately following a motorcycle accident is the key to filing for compensation. An impact from a motorcycle accident can cause severe shock, so that injuries may not be apparent at first.
Importance of Witness Statements
Whenever possible, try to get witness statements, file the report right away, and get all of the relevant details from the other driver. All of this information will be useful when you claim for compensation for injuries and damages resulting from the accident.
Seek Legal Representation
If you are a relative of someone killed in a motorcycle accident, you should seek legal representation as soon as possible, in the event that the other driver was at fault.
An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to evaluate all of the facts surrounding the accident to get you the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. The lawyer will seek compensation for mental or physical injuries, damage, loss or earnings, and medical expenses as a result of the accident.