First Things First: Seek Medical Attention
If you're in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is call 9-1-1, and request both the police and medical attention to the scene. You need to focus on two things:
- Get medical attention
- Document the accident
If you're involved in an accident on a motorcycle you're likely to suffer some significant injuries—make sure to get them evaluated. Nothing is more important than your health.
Document The Scene
Once you’ve addressed your medical needs, document the scene. If you're not in the proper state to do this, have somebody do it for you. The officer will take care of some of it for you, but while you're having your medical needs addressed, contact a family member or a friend who can come to the scene and document the scene and witnesses. If you have to, take photos with your cell phone.
A lot of very important evidence can be lost very quickly, so you’ll want photos of:
- All the vehicles involved
- The damage they suffered
- Your injuries
- The scene
- Where parts are left
- The location of traffic control devices
- Markings on the roadway
Make sure that you've got plenty of images that show what the scene looked like, what the vehicles looked like, and anything else that seems out of the ordinary. Sometimes a video will be helpful.
Gather information of the parties involved and any witnesses. Even if the officers say they will get the information, write down the names, phone numbers, addresses, and driver’s license numbers of people who stopped to help.
Consult With A Lawyer
Once you've got the documentation and your injuries have been attended to, the next thing you want to do is consult with a lawyer. Make sure that you bring all the photographs, the videos, the documents, records of your medical treatment, all of that that with you to meet with the lawyer and make sure that you rights are protected.