Idaho ranks 11th in the nation for motorcycle ownership with over 60,000 licensed riders. That equals one motorcycle enthusiast out of every 25 people. None of these riders wakes up and says to themselves “today is the day I am finally going to have that motorcycle accident I’ve read so much about.”
With the notable exception of Evel Knievel, a motorcycle accident is probably the last thing on one’s mind when preparing for a ride. However, for over 500 Idaho riders a year it becomes a painful reality. Even a relatively minor accident on a bike can be harrowing and dangerous. If you are involved in an accident, try to remain calm and remember to do the following.
Assess Injuries and Get Out of Harm’s Way
Check yourself for injuries. If you are conscious and able to move, then you need to get yourself off the road and out of traffic as soon as possible. A secondary accident with traffic is a very real and dangerous possibility in this situation. You need to take steps to minimize this risk immediately. Depending on how you feel, crawling may be safer for the moment rather than immediately standing up. Other drivers may not realize there has been an accident until it is too late to stop so getting to a safe spot is priority number one.
If you have a way to call 911, do so immediately. Better safe than sorry. Even if you feel okay for the moment, when the adrenal wears off a little your condition could suddenly change. If it does, you’ll be glad help is on the way. Do not remove your helmet or safety gear. Let the paramedics assess the situation and then they can assist you in removing your gear. If you’re feeling confident and have already called 911, then go check on the condition of others.
It is important to always seek medical assistance after a motorcycle accident. This begins with the paramedics. Listen to the paramedics and follow their instructions. These are professionals who are there for only one reason; to save lives. Trust them to know best for now, and let them work. Serious injuries are not always readily identifiable. At times symptoms may not show up for several days.
A Word About Serious Injuries
Do not attempt to move someone who looks like they have been seriously injured. Those who are in a car should leave their seat belt on. Moving an injured person by someone who is untrained can potentially result in an even more serious injury. Only move a seriously injured person if you feel that not moving them will likely result in their death. Reasons to move and injured person might be the need of immediate need of life saving first aid, or a life threatening danger like fire or a collapsing building
Remove Motorcycle From Idaho Traffic
Once you have assessed injuries and handled any life threatening hazards, it’s time to think about moving your bike. When it is possible to do so safely and without further injury to yourself or others, find a way to get your bike off to the side of the road. It represents a serious hazard to other drivers who may be totally unaware there has been an accident. Use of road flares or other hazard markers is an excellent way to warn other drivers there has been an accident.
Take Photos and Gather Information
A picture is worth a thousand words. This old adage is never more true than in an accident. Take pictures of the scene including other cars, the roadway itself, the surroundings, and of course any damages to the vehicles including your bike. Taking pictures is the most accurate way to preserve the facts of what happened. It is important to exchange insurance and contact information with anyone involved in the accident. A picture of their insurance card and driver’s license can be easier than trying to write it down.
If there were any witnesses to the accident get their contact information as well as a brief statement while the incident is fresh in their mind. This type of information could be very important down the road. That being said, safety first. Don’t worry about collecting photos if it means aggravating your injuries as this can wait until after you have been checked out by the paramedics. If you are injured badly enough to be taken to the hospital you will be able to request a copy of the police report later and may need to rely on their investigation.
You should also refrain from making any statements which could be construed as admitting fault. Of course, always be frank and truthful with any direct questions from police officers. However, don’t be tempted to draw conclusions and sticking to the facts is always good advice at this stage. The matter of who will be determined to be at fault is best left to professionals as many factors may come into play, some of which you may not even be aware of. Likely you are in no condition to render final judgement on the matter. Lastly, it is important to protect your rights by consulting with an attorney as soon as possible.
Consult with The Advocates About Your Motorcycle Crash
The Advocates have an experienced team of local attorneys who specialize in motorcycle accidents standing by to provide a free consultation to discuss your case. Having an attorney who will fight for your case is the safest way to make sure you get the settlement you deserve. The insurance companies will have attorneys and claims adjusters working hard to minimize their payout. You need someone you can trust on your side. You can either call our office today at (208) 291-6561, fill out the form below, or chat confidentially with an attorney here.
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