A crash involving a motorcycle can be drastically different than in two cars. Often, motorcyclists suffer more severe injuries than passengers in a car, truck, or van after an accident. In the moments after a motorcycle crash, following as many of these steps as you can help prevent additional injuries and also help document what happened.
- Do not move the vehicles. Both vehicles should remain in the final resting position until the police arrive. If a person is injured, do not move them. Mark vehicles that remain on the road with hazard lights, flares, or reflective signals so other drivers can see them.
- Call emergency medical services. If someone is injured in the accident, call an ambulance immediately. Common New Hampshire motorcyclist injuries may include a broken collarbone, sprained ankles, and head injuries. Internal injuries and head injuries can be very dangerous but may not be obvious immediately after a crash. When in doubt, always call an ambulance or make sure any injured person is transported to a hospital.
- Take notes and photos, if possible. In addition to taking the other person’s insurance information, take notes and/or draw a diagram explaining everything you can remember up until the accident. Take photos of the accident scene if you can, and get the names and contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the accident.
- Don’t chat. The adrenaline rush after an accident often makes people talk more than they normally would. Immediately after an accident, it’s too early to be certain who might be at fault or what damage has occurred. Don’t say that you’re to blame, and don’t say that you’re not injured until you’ve sought professional advice on both counts.
The moments after a motorcycle accident can be terrifying. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, the experienced NH motorcycle accident attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. have the experience to help you seek compensation for your injuries. For a free and confidential consultation, call Tenn And Tenn, P.A. today at (888) 332-5855.