What to Do After a Crash
The aftermath of a motorcycle crash can be overwhelming and often leaves the rider disoriented with severe injuries and vehicle damage. The immediate shock, injuries, debris, wrecked vehicles, other drivers involved, and oncoming traffic are all concerns that may be running through your head after a crash. It can be easy to panic and forget to take care of the most important things first. Knowing how to react after an accident and what issues are most important to address can prevent much grief later on.
When a careless or reckless driver causes an accident, it can be easy to give in to the urge to yell at the offending motorist. After an intense encounter like a collision, our adrenaline levels spike and cause us to enter “fight or flight” mode. However, it is important remain calm after an accident to prevent aggravating injuries and making an already bad situation worse.
Immediately after a crash, the most important step to take is to check yourself and all other involved individuals for injuries. If you are obstructing traffic and are able to clear the roadway, move to the side of the road, a nearby cross street, or parking lot. Your physical safety is the foremost concern after an accident.
Responding to an Accident
Once you are safely off of the road, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911 for police assistance and emergency treatment if anyone appears to be injured
- Exchange personal contact information and insurance information with the other driver(s)
- Avoid talking with the other driver(s) about the accident at this time and do not accuse or admit fault to anyone at the scene
- Take notes about the accident, such as location, time, place, and extent of injury and damage. Take photos with a camera or cell phone if possible
- Notify your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible
Staying calm and taking the above steps can help to protect you immediately after the accident and during the police and insurance investigations. Once these immediate concerns have been addressed, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer to assist you with your claim. A personal injury attorney will work with you to investigate the details of your accident and will fight to help you receive compensation for your injuries and damages that you may deserve.
To learn more about motorcycle accidents and injury liability, please contact the experienced Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.