What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident In Arizona
When a motorcycle accident occurs in Arizona, it always carries the possibility of devastating consequences given the relatively small size of these vehicles when they collide with sedans and trucks. As a result, those involved in a motorcycle accident may have trouble thinking clearly regarding what to do immediately afterwards. Anyone who does face this situation should remember above all else that they should get themselves to safety, get the medical attention they need and to contact an Arizona motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. In the meantime, below you'll find a more complete list of suggestions for what to do after a motorcycle accident.
1. Get to Safety Safely
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, it's quite likely that your bike has been knocked on its side and you have been knocked down as well. However, if it's possible, get yourself to safety along the side of the road and away from any oncoming traffic. If you're in pain and feel that you cannot move, do not take that risk. You'll need to find some safety to make sure that you don't encounter any additional risks.
2. Contact Authorities
Your next step should be to contact the police. Do not assume that someone else will do so, as while it's possible someone has, the sooner the police get to the scene of an accident the better it will be for preserving evidence and obtaining relatively accurate statements from those involved with the accident and any witnesses. Simply tell the police where the accident occurred and whether you have been injured.
3. Exchange Information
If the other driver has stopped after the accident, you'll need to exchange contact and insurance information. You should be polite and reasonable and you should only exchange the information. Do not, under any circumstances, begin to discuss the particulars of the accident. If the other driver attempts to open the subject, simply and calmly tell him or her that you'd prefer to give your statement to the police. If either you or the other driver are not calm, do not engage in any conversation and wait for the police to arrive.
4. Provide Your Statement
When the police arrive, they will likely secure the area so that the evidence can be gathered and the reports properly completed. Provide a full account of what occurred that led to the accident, but do not be concerned with pleading your case at that point. Simply provide the officer with all the facts that you feel are relevant.
5. Get Medical Help
Even if you do not feel as though you're injured, you should still see a doctor as soon as possible. There are injuries, some of them dangerous, that will not present themselves physically immediately after a collision, and you owe it to yourself to err on the side of caution in this regard.
6. Contact an Attorney
As soon as you're sure that you've taken the steps above, contact anArizona motorcycle accident attorney to protect your legal rights. Almost regardless of the specifics of the accident, insurance companies and perhaps other attorneys will get involved, so rather than attempt to take all of this on yourself, leave it to an experienced professional who can provide you with the opportunity to concentrate on your recovery.