Riding season has started, you’ve got your bike ready to ride, and you’ve mapped out the roads that will start your season off right. You are ready to hit the road, but there’s something else you need to prepare for, even though you’re going to try to avoid them as best you can—crashes. In 2015, around 88,000 riders were injured due to collisions with other vehicles. If you find yourself in this situation, there are some things you can do to help yourself down the line.
The 4 Things You Need to Do if You’re in a Motorcycle Crash
- Swap Info– If you are able to, you always want to swap info with the person you got into a crash with. They need to give you their insurance info and a phone number, and you should do the same. If they don’t have insurance, be sure to still get their phone number and address so you can give it to your insurance agent, your lawyer, or police.
- Call the Authorities– Call 911 after a crash, even if you don’t think you are injured. The police and EMS will come out and examine both you and the scene. The reports the police write will be critical evidence to your insurer or your personal injury attorney if you need to go to court. The EMTs can check you for injuries that can sometimes be masked by the adrenaline of the moment.
- Get a Medical Check Up– Like we said before, adrenaline can numb you to injuries, so it’s best to get examined by a doctor to make sure you don’t have internal injuries that could endanger your life. The records your doctor makes could also be used as evidence to help you deal with insurance companies and personal injury attorneys. And don’t skip follow-ups with your doctor, they can prevent your injuries from becoming worse.
- Call an Attorney– Insurance companies are often trying to meet their bottom line, which means getting you to accept the lowest offer they can manage. If you are unable to work or can’t live normally due to an injury, then that small settlement could hurt you in the long run. You and your family deserve proper piece of mind, and an attorney can help.
The most important part of handling a motorcycle crash is making sure that you come out of it okay. Following these tips will help put you back on two wheels and riding through the natural wonder of Colorado.
A message from the attorneys who ride here at the Metier Law Firm—Helping riders find comfort, safety and strength.