Though motorcycle accidents are rarely minor “fender-benders,” it is possible to find yourself conscious after getting hit by a car or truck. What should you do next if you are ever in this situation?
- Seek medical help. If you are able, call 911 or get someone else to do so, so you and other victims can get the emergency medical attention you need. Later, even if you do not have to stay in the hospital, follow up with an appointment with your doctor.
- Get info. As much as possible, get the contact information of all the witnesses, and take video statements from them if appropriate. Take photos of the crash scene, documenting damage, the relevant license plates and so on. Trade personal information with all other drivers involved.
- Tell the police your story. If you are able to give a statement to the responding officers, it is very important to do so. Unfortunately, the fact that motorcyclists are often badly hurt in auto wrecks often means the police only get the car or truck driver’s version of events. Though the police report is only one piece of evidence, a one-sided report can make it tougher for you to get compensated in court later on.
Besides following doctor’s orders and letting your body heal, your next step after this should be to speak to a personal injury attorney. If your injuries are the result of a driver’s negligence, you and your family should not have to bear the cost of your medical bills, lost wages and other costs on your own. The person who caused your injuries should be held responsible.