Riding a motorcycle on the roads of Michigan can be a great experience. Unfortunately, riding comes with a certain level of risk. Accidents can and do happen when you least expect them to. If you ride often, you can expect to be involved in at least one accident in the future. It’s important to know what to do next.
Steps to take after a motorcycle accident
Even if you think you’re a very safe rider with plenty of experience, motorcycle accidents can happen at any time. These are the steps you should:
- Get out of the road immediately to avoid other vehicles
- Leave your helmet and other gear on in case of injuries
- Call 9-1-1 and request medical help immediately
- Call the police to report the accident
- Obtain insurance information from any other party involved in the crash
- Report the accident to your motorcycle insurance company
- Take photos and videos of the scene of the crash
- Obtain witness testimony and contact information
- See the doctor and preserve medical documentation
- Consider your legal options
Surviving the aftermath
The most important steps to take after a motorcycle crash are protecting your health. Not getting out of the road could put you in harm’s way, even if you have to leave your bike behind. You don’t want to get hit by an oncoming vehicle. Removing your helmet and other gear could worsen injuries to your neck and spine. Overall, be cautious. This should also include collecting evidence that could be useful when proving your case to your insurance company or even in a lawsuit.
There’s nothing like exploring the open road on a motorcycle. Still, you must be aware that even seasoned riders can have serious accidents. Taking the right steps afterward can save your financial future and, perhaps, your life.