Arizona is a state that's made for motorcycles. The warm weather, the scenic roads and the wide open spaces in many places are all perfect for getting out on the open road. Unfortunately, driving a motorcycle in Arizona is just as dangerous as anywhere else. In 2008, the Arizona state government recorded more than 3,500 motorcycle accidents, and 140 people were killed and more than 3,000 were injured. Given this unfortunate reality, those who have been harmed in such a collision need to contact an Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. In the meantime, below is a brief overview of what to do after a motorcycle accident in Arizona.
1. After a Motorcycle Accident, Get to Safety
After you've been in a crash and assuming you're able to safely move, get off the road and get to the nearest point of safety as soon as possible. This usually means getting to the shoulder and away from oncoming traffic. Do not attempt to move your wrecked bike, as it could be leaking fuel and could take too long to remove from the road, thereby putting yourself in a situation of unnecessary danger.
2. Contact the Authorities after a Motorcycle Accident
Most of us have seen accidents occur, and usually someone will contact the police afterwards. However, you should not assume that this has been done, so make the effort to contact the police to tell them that an accident has occurred and where you are located.
3. Exchange Car and Motorcycle Insurance Information
You will eventually need the information of the other driver, so ask for it from the other party, including his or her contact information and insurance coverage details. Do not, under any circumstances, discuss the particulars of the accident, even if the other driver begins to do so. Any misconstrued statements could cause problems for you later. In addition, if the other driver is agitated, do not attempt to communicate, but rather leave him or her alone and wait for the authorities to arrive.
4. Provide the Police with a Statement about the Accident
When the police arrive, they will need a statement from you, the other driver and any available witnesses. When you're asked to provide a statement, give as much detail to the officer as possible, but do not argue your case at that point. Try to remain calm and clear in your statements.
5. Seek Medical Attention for Your Injuries
Even if you do not feel as though you are injured, you should still see a doctor as soon as possible for a full evaluation. It's possible that you've suffered injuries that will not manifest themselves immediately, and it's better to be safe than sorry.
6. Contact an Arizona Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
After you've gathered yourself and completed the steps above, you need to take steps to protect your legal rights. Contact an Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer at Phillips Law Group as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation.