March 31st, 2014
Hitting the open road on your hog can be a great way to blow off steam after a stressful day. But accidents can occur, leaving you injured and your bike badly damaged. Being properly equipped with the right apparel and having motorcycle insurance can help you out in the case of an accident, but there are a few steps you should take after your crash occurs. Here is what to do after you have gotten into a motorcycle accident:
Assess the damage
The first thing you should do after a wreck is take a deep breath and remain calm. After an accident, you will still have a level of adrenaline flowing through you and could easily send yourself into shock if you don't take a breath. If there are no other vehicles headed your way, stay where you are and assess the situation. Once you have settled down, take a look and see if you have suffered any injuries. If you are uninjured, remove your bike and any debris that may be strewn across the road.
Record crash details
Once you have evaluated the situation and made sure everything is alright, begin recording details of the accident. If your phone has survived the accident, record some of the details of the accident down including:
Contact emergency services
After you have taken an account of the accident, contact the proper authorities. You should first call 911 and tell them about the accident. Providing emergency responders or police with specific details, such as location and severity of the accident, will help them arrive at your location quickly and deal with your situation in a prompt manner.
Along with the police and EMTs, contact your insurance agent. Provide them with the same information you recorded earlier.
Stay up to date with your insurance company
After you have been transferred from the scene of the accident, dealt with injuries and have alerted emergency services, keep a record of your accident. Store away accident information, contact information from those involved and keep a copy of the police report. This way you will be able to stay up to date with your insurance agent and make sure you will be adequately covered by your insurance company after the crash.