We all hope that we will never be involved in an accident while riding our bikes. But the truth is that there is a fairly high chance that it could happen.
So, you need to be prepared for that eventuality. If you are not sure what to do if you get in a motorcycle accident do not worry, just read on.
Regardless of what type of accident you are involved in you should always stop. Do so even if you are not sure what happened. In many countries, failing to stop after an accident will leave you being charged with hit and run. That can result in a heavy fine, points on your license, even jail time under certain circumstances.
Take a look around
When you come to a stop, check the scene. If there is a danger to other road users try to minimize it. But only do this is it is safe for you to do so.
Make sure everyone is OK
Get yourself to safety. Take a breath. This will calm you a little and give you a chance to assess your injuries. Next, check on everyone else.
If anyone needs medical attention, get it for them and do what you can to help. But do not move them unless they are in imminent danger if you leave them where they are.
Call the police
In many countries, if someone has been hurt or there is a lot of damage the law states that the police must be called. Make sure that is done and follow any instructions they give you.
As soon as you can do so exchange details with the other drivers involved and with any witnesses. If you want, you can print off this checklist and keep it with your insurance documents. It will help to ensure that you do not forget anything important.
Record the scene
Next, do your best to record the scene. Ideally, you want to do this before any of the vehicles have been moved. Take photos and videos. This PDF will help you to make a good job of doing this.
Bear in mind that your aim is to create evidence of what happened. So do your best to safely step back and video the entire scene.
Co-operate with the police
If the police are called, do as they ask and answer their questions. But when you do so choose your words carefully. You do not want to inadvertently admit blame. Even if you think you have done something wrong, it is still wise not to say that. You will be quite shaken up, so may not have remembered things clearly. It is much better to let the physical evidence tell the story.
Notify your insurance company
Finally, call your insurance company. Again, be careful what you say. At this stage just tell them the bare facts. Where and when the accident happened. Get a reference number and offer to call them back with more details. This will give you time to collect your thoughts and seek advice should you want to do so.
Hopefully, you will not have an accident. But if you do, use the information to help you to handle the situation well.
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