If you get caught in a motor vehicle accident, you should always wait for the authorities to arrive. You shouldn’t take responsibility for the accident, and always ensure you’re safe from more harm. Here are tips on what you should do if you get into a motor vehicle accident.
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, call 911 as soon as possible. The dispatcher will want to know:
- Your name and contact information
- What happened from your perspective, including what vehicle(s) were involved and where the accident took place (exact location, address or cross the street if possible)
- If anyone is injured or trapped in their vehicle
If you have time to take pictures of the scene with your phone, that’s great—but it’s not necessary!
Record All Details of the Accident
When you are in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to call 911 immediately. The police will want to know about the accident and any injuries you may have suffered. If possible, try to write down all of the details of what happened before calling 911 on your phone.
This information can be very useful later on in case there is any confusion about what happened during or immediately after the accident. If there were witnesses present at the scene of your motorcycle accident, make sure they’re also ready and willing to share their contact information with you so that you can get in touch with them later if needed (for example, if there’s a dispute over who was at fault).
In addition to writing down information such as the time and place where an accident took place along with names of other drivers involved (including license plate numbers), it’s also wise for cyclists involved in collisions with cars or other vehicles equipped with engines should record insurance company names, relevant agents
Collect Witness Statements
If you or your loved one is in the middle of a motorcycle accident, it can be hard to know what to do in that moment. If you’re with someone who has been injured, focus on their safety and comfort first. Once they are stable and out of harm’s way, focus on getting witness statements from anyone who saw the accident unfold.
Make sure that you ask for their full name, phone number (home and cell), address, and email address if applicable, and then get a statement about what they saw:
- Where did the accident occur?
- What time was it when this happened?
- Did any vehicles involved have passengers or other occupants?
- Did anyone look like they were driving recklessly before this happened?
- What color was each vehicle involved in this collision?
- Who was at fault (if there even is one)?
- Was there anything else out of the ordinary happening around here just before this incident occurred?
Write A Description of the Accident in Your Own Words
- Describe the accident in your own words.
- Describe the scene of the accident, including weather conditions and lighting.
- Describe the injuries sustained by you and others involved in the accident.
- Write down any information about vehicles involved in the accident, including license plate numbers, make and model of car/truck/motorcycle/etc., year (or approximate year), color(s), and damage sustained (if any). If possible, take photos of these vehicles before police arrive on the scene. It will help them paint a clear picture for their report later on. If possible, also write down any identifying features of other drivers or passengers who were involved in this incident to help when writing up an official report later on (e.g., tattoos or other distinguishing characteristics).
In addition to following the steps described above, you also need to contact a motorcycle accident attorney. The attorney will help you deal with any legal ecentualitues after the accident.