Riding motorcycles can be as liberating and enjoyable as it is cost-effective and efficient. Unfortunately, however, riders have a higher risk of getting into accidents than other motorists on the roads, as the smaller size of motorcycles (as compared to cars or trucks) can increase the risk that riders won’t be seen and may be hit by other motorists.
Given this risk, as well as the fact that what riders do in the aftermath of an accident can affect their rights to compensation, it’s critical that all riders know what to do after motorcycle accidents occur. Here’s a step-by-step overview of what riders should do after a motorcycle accident.
Get out of harm’s way – This will likely be your natural reaction if you are conscious after being hit by a car while on your motorcycle, and it will be especially important if the accident occurs on a busier roadway (or during rush hour).
- Call 911 – Once you are safely out of danger, call 911 and report the accident. Be sure to inform operators if anyone at the scene has been severely injured so they know whether to send an ambulance to the scene (and, if so, how many emergency vehicles to send to help injured people).
- Get info from other motorists – If possible, try to collect information from other motorists and witnesses to the accident as you wait for police to arrive at the scene (or while you wait for them to give you the OK to leave). Information that you should collect from other drivers should typically include their driver’s license numbers, their insurers and auto policy numbers and their contact information (as well as, of course, their full legal names). For witnesses, be sure to jot down their names and contact information.
If you don’t have a piece of paper or pen handy to collect such information, consider using your cellphone to text or email this info to yourself (so you have it easily accessible in an electronic form when you need it).
- Take pictures of the damage – While cellphones can come in handy to record info from other drivers, they can also be helpful when it comes to taking pictures of the damage caused by the motorcycle accident. If possible, use your cellphone (or another available camera) to snap pictures of the accident wreckage, any damage to surrounding fixed objects and visible injuries that you or your passengers have sustained.
These pictures can be crucial pieces of evidence later, as they can back up your account of what happened while helping to establish who is most likely to blame for causing the accident.
- Report the accident to your insurer – When possible, in the hours or days after a motorcycle accident, call your insurance company to report the accident. As you disclose the collision, do your best to just report the facts of the case. This means you should focus on only stating where the accident happened, when (day/time) it occurred, who was involved and whether you went to the hospital.
Do NOT accept any blame for causing the accident, and try to refrain from placing the blame on any other driver. The reason that it is so important for riders to stick to the facts is that insurers can use these statements to try to deny or undercut riders’ claims (particularly if a rider admits to having caused an accident).
- Call us – If you are unable to take any of the above-mentioned steps after a motorcycle accident, the single most important step to take is to call the Littleton motorcycle accident attorneys at Bahr, Kreidle & Flicker. With our lawyers on your side, you can rest assured that:
- Your rights will be fully protected.
- You will have the best chances of getting the full amount of compensation you deserve.
- Your case will be resolved as efficiently as possible.
Contact the Littleton, Colorado Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Bahr, Kreidle & Flicker
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, our Littleton motorcycle accident lawyers urge you to get more information about your potential case and rights by meeting with us for a free, no obligations initial consultation. To set up a meeting, call us at (303) 794-7422 or email us using the form on this page.
From our law offices in Littleton, we represent clients throughout Colorado, including in the Denver Metro Area, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Jefferson County and in the cities of Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Lonetree, Castlerock, Westminster, Centennial and Aurora.