Advertising
Advertising

10 Tips on What to Do if You Have Been in a Motorcycle Accident

10 Tips on What to Do if You Have Been in a Motorcycle Accident

These tips apply whether you were riding your motorcycle or operating the other vehicle involved in the crash. Follow these recommendations even if you are uninjured or suffered only minor, incidental injuries that may not require medical attention.

1. Ensure you are safe

Ensure you are safe after performing a self-check for injuries, however minor. Your safety is the top priority. Check yourself out for any areas of pain first.

2. Remain calm

Remain calm by suppressing your emotions and adrenaline pumping through your veins. Emotions run high after an accident.

Stay calm and try to stay relaxed. The chemical, adrenaline, automatically pumps to keep you alert and functioning at high levels. It’s difficult to remain calm in the face of all that’s happening, but you must do it. Resist any yelling at the involved motorist or causing a major “scene” at the site of the crash can only result in negative items later.

Advertising

3. Check for injuries

Check the motor vehicle driver and any pedestrians for injuries. Check the other participant and pedestrians to learn if they’re injured. Confirm the apparent condition, whether they are injured or not.

4. Call emergency medical responders 

Call emergency medical responders if needed, or the appropriate authorities, typically local police

If you or others are injured, dial 9-1-1 to get first responder help. If all are uninjured, contact the local police to advise them of the accident.

5. Talk with bystanders to learn what they saw

Bystanders, if any, qualify as witnesses. Talk to them to learn what they did or did not see. Do not exert any “pressure” on them to state things that mirror your preferences. Be sure to record their responses on your smartphone or on paper.

Advertising

6. Exchange pertinent information with the other participant

Pertinent information includes the following, at a minimum:* Name* Address (including city and state, if the other driver was from out-of-state).

  • Phone number
  • Insurance company name and policy number
  • License plate number

7. Capture photos of the accident scene 

Capture photos of the accident scene with your smartphone or camera—or make copious notes.

Do not depend on your memory to remember all the details of the accident. Photos of the accident scene or your detailed notes of what happened are much more valuable to maximizing your claim settlement award. Photos of the results of the crash will carry more weight with your insurance company or a jury than your notes, but either option has validity.

8. File a health insurance claim if you’re injured

If you are injured, contact your health insurance company and file a claim. If you can, try to find out exactly what your coverage is before you get into an accident.

Advertising

Being on the record by filing a claim the same day should protect you for subsequent medical expenses resulting from the accident. If you have high deductible health care coverage, file the claim anyway since you probably have little idea what future medical treatment may cost.

9. Contact a personal injury lawyer who specializes in motorcycle accident cases

Taking on a mega insurance company lawyer by yourself could prove costly to you.

You are smarter retaining an attorney that has an outstanding “track record” in receiving maximum settlements or favorable jury decisions in motorcycle accident cases. This step is very important, since if you’re injured the medical bills could keep pouring in long after the accident date.

10. Ask your attorney if you should file a personal injury lawsuit 

An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will advise you if it’s wise to file a personal injury lawsuit or concentrate on achieving a maximum settlement on your insurance claim.

Advertising

Sometimes either option is viable, but your legal expert will know which is your best option depending on the circumstances of the accident and the extent of your injuries.

Now You’re Prepared, Stay Safe!

These tips apply to any motor vehicle or motorcycle accident, whether or not injuries are involved. Following these steps will better ensure a successful settlement from your insurance company. Of course, this is all dependent on retaining the best legal expert you can find.

Choosing the right lawyer to represent your interests is a must after you’ve been in a motorcycle accident. The right legal counsel makes all the difference in just getting your medical bills paid and receiving a monetary award for your medical fees and your “pain and suffering.”

In most cases, having a “battle-tested” legal veteran will make a significant difference it what the insurance company is hoping to pay—and what they actually pay.

Featured photo credit: shutterstock.com via shutterstock.com

More by this author

5 Unforgettable and Incredibly Unique Date Ideas In NYC Infographic: Winter Storm Safety Tips 10 Tips on What to Do if You Have Been in a Motorcycle Accident Cloud Containers 101 Infographic When to Repair VS Replace Your Home Furnace Infographic

Trending in Health

1 How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful 2 10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often 3 The Common Causes of Sleep Problems (And How to Fix Them Fast) 4 Seriously Stressing Out? The Complete Guide to Eliminate Work Stress 5 How to Quit Drinking for a Healthier Body and Mind

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

Advertising

3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

Advertising

Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

Advertising

Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

Advertising

8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

Read Next