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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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