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3 steps to take after a motorcycle accident

Even if you are the safest and most responsible motorcycle rider in the world, you may still get into an accident. Due to the lack of visibility and protection of your bike compared with other motor vehicles, you need to know what to do in the event of a collision. If a car or truck crashes into you, you might have to deal with severe injuries and damage to your ride.

This is why you need to take certain steps at the scene of the accident, directly after the crash and for the following weeks or months. Here are some general guidelines you should follow:

1. At the scene

If you are conscious and not severely injured, you should do everything you can to collect pertinent information regarding the accident. Take pictures, exchange contact information with other parties (including witnesses) and contact the police. This will ensure the documentation of basic facts of your motorcycle collision.

2. Directly after

You should contact three parties as soon as possible after the accident:

1.    Your insurance company
2.    Your doctor
3.    A personal injury lawyer

These are the people who will help you get compensation for any damages or injuries. However, do not give details about your motorcycle damage or injuries to your insurance company before proper medical assessment.

3. Follow through    

Depending on the severity of the accident, it may take months to resolve everything. During this time, make sure you follow orders from your doctor regarding medications, physical therapy, procedures and follow-up appointments. Stay in contact with your attorney and insurance company regarding all ongoing medical expenses. Do not finalize your insurance claim until you know the full extent of your injuries and costs.

Now you can be ready if you are ever in an accident on your motorcycle. Remember to never admit fault to anyone. For more motorcycle accident tips, read this informative article on RideApart, a website for motorcycle enthusiasts.

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