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What Should I do After a Motorcycle Accident?

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  • Written By: Misty Amber Brighton
  • Edited By: Michelle Arevalo
  • Last Modified Date: 16 September 2017
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After you have been in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention for yourself or anyone else who has been injured. Next, you should contact the police and gather the contact information of any witnesses. After the investigation, you should obtain estimates for repairs as well as keep detailed records of any medical expenses incurred. You may also want to seek legal advice from a qualified personal injury attorney.

Making sure you and other parties involved are safe should be your number one concern. Administer aid to others if you are able to do so. Even if you do not think you have any serious injuries, you may want to have a medical exam in order to be certain.

Contact law enforcement officials to notify them of the motorcycle accident. Ask a bystander to make the call if you cannot. Cooperate with investigators by telling them what happened in your own words. Provide your contact information as well as the name, address, and policy number of your insurance carrier so it can be included on the official police report.

If you are uninjured, try to determine if there are any witnesses to the accident. Talk with these people to see if they can help you make a deduction as to the cause of this incident. Obtain their names, addresses, and telephone numbers if possible. Ask them to give a brief statement to the responding officer so he can complete the investigation.

As a part of the insurance claim that is likely to follow, one requirement may be to submit estimates for motorbike repairs. Visit several shops in order to get a good idea of the possible cost. Try to get the workers to put the cost of repairs in writing, so you can submit this document to your insurance carrier.

You may want to consult with a personal injury attorney if there is another party at fault. You may also need to speak with a lawyer if you become named as a party to a lawsuit. She can advise you of your rights and help you make sure you are paid any benefits that might be due you as a result of your crash.

Having a motorcycle accident can be a stressful experience. If you are a biker, you should know what steps to take in the event you are ever involved in an incident. Having this information can help make this situation less disturbing, when and if it does occur.

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