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What to Do Immediately After a Motorcycle Accident

Unfortunately, there are a lot of motorcycle accidents that occur which could be prevented. While motorcyclists attempt to be as safe as possible on the road, there are still situations where serious injuries can occur. Some of the more common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Vehicles turning before looking and not seeing oncoming motorcycles
  • Vehicles entering intersections without checking for motorcycles
  • Motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic that appears to be at a standstill
  • Vehicles backing out of parking spaces in a parking lot and not looking for motorcycles

Many legal and medical experts recommend that motorcyclists should wear helmets even in areas where there are no helmet laws. While it can be great to feel the wind blowing through your hair on the open road, it makes a lot of sense to protect your head as much as possible when it is exposed as it is on a motorcycle.

No matter how careful motorcyclists try to be, there will always be accidents. If you own a bike and ride it often, then you need to know what to do in the event of an accident. The first thing you need to do is make sure that you are not seriously injured. If you are seriously injured, then wait for medical help to arrive. Do not move and do not attempt to free yourself from your bike if you are trapped under it.

If you are able to move, then start taking pictures of the accident scene. Motorcyclists can save their lawyers a lot of time and effort if they have detailed pictures of the accident scene. It is especially helpful if the other party is trying to claim that the motorcyclist caused the accident when that was not the case.

Have your bike transported to a safe storage location, but do not have it repaired immediately. You need to allow your lawyer and the insurance adjuster to see the exact damage that was done. For your lawyer, looking at the damage might enable him to determine fault more accurately. For your insurance adjuster, the ability to see all of the damage means putting together a more comprehensive claim.

The most important thing for a motorcyclist to remember after an accident is that he should only talk to the police and no one else. Let the other parties also give statements to the police that will be logged into the police report. You should also never talk to the insurance companies at all. You should hire an experienced lawyer to answer the insurance company’s questions and make sure that you get the proper amount of compensation.

If you try to talk to the insurance company on your own, that company will try to get you to say things that could damage your claim. An experienced lawyer will know how to talk to the insurance companies and set up your case in the proper manner.


For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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